- Abdulsalami Abubakar said he cannot return to power as a civilian president of Nigeria
- Abubakar, former head of state general, wondered what an aging man of 77 like him could do if elected into power
- He, however, declared support for the young Nigerians to take over the leadership of the nation
Former head of state, General Abdulsalami Abubakar, on Thursday, December 6, who declared that he could not return to Aso Rock as a civilian president wondered what an aging man of 77 like him could do if elected into power.
Daily Trust reports that Abubakar said it was high time the old generation mentored and encouraged younger Nigerians to take over the leadership of the nation.
He made this known at a book launch on former governor of Kaduna state, Patrick Yakowa, when the master of ceremony, Abba Zayyan Abba, prayed that he (Abdulsalam) become a democratically elected president one day.
Abdulsalami said: “In your opening remarks, Abba, you said a prayer, I was shaking my head and rightly too.
''One of the essence of life is to mentor the young ones and see them grow and that is why in the wisdom of the National Assembly and the president a law was passed and signed, Not Too Young to Run to enable the young ones contest because if I come back as the president at 77 what can I do? I can’t even walk properly. I thank you for the prayers and I hope the younger ones will continue to serve us.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that a former military head of state, General Abdusalami Abubakar, called on Nigerians to learn to live in peace with one another.
Abubakar said this on Thursday, September 28, in Gusau, Zamfara, while responding to questions from journalists.
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He advised those agitating for the restructuring of the country to follow due process and the rule of law. Abubakar said that Nigeria had evolved through a long history which began as a region, expanding to additional regions up to what are now the 36 states and the FCT.
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