Some countries on the African continent have shown that the adage that age is nothing but a number is also applicable in the area of governance. They don't seem to care about the ages of leaders they elect to lead them
Legit.ng brings to you the identities of 7 of these countries in Africa with the real ages of their elected presidents.
1. Paul Biya (Cameroon)
Born in November 6, 1933, Paul Biya is currently 88 years old and still a serving president of Cameroon. The second president of Cameroon is the 7th in the list of oldest presidents in the world, according to Business Insider.
2. Alpha Condé (Guinea)
Currently 83 years old (born in March 4, 1938), according to Wikipedia, Alpha Condé has been in office since December 21, 2010 after playing opposition for decades in Guinea and following an unsuccessful shot at the vice presidency in 1993 and 1998.
3. Alassane Ouattara (Ivory Coast)
79-year-old (January 1st, 1942) Ouattara is third on this list. The Ph.D and master's holder in economics has been in the Côte d’Ivoire seat of power since 2011.
4. Evaristo Carvalho (São Tomé and Príncipe)
Evaristo Carvalho, 78, assumed office in September 3, 2016 after he succeeded Manuel Pinto da Costa, a two-time president of São Tomé and Príncipe.
Carvalho had contested the 2011 São Toméan presidential election, while he was the speaker for the National Assembly but came second with 21.8 percent of the votes.
5. Muhammadu Buhari (Nigeria)
Muhammadu Buhari, 78 (born in December 17,1942) , was democratically elected in 2015 after three unsuccessful bids in 2003, 2007, and 2011 general elections.
Buhari had served as head of state from December 31, 1983, to August 27, 1985 after taking power in a military coup d’état.
6. Nana Akufo-Addo (Ghana)
Born in March 29, 1944, Akufo-Addo had first ran for president in 2008 and again in 2012. He succeeded on the third attempt by defeating a much younger John Dramani Mahama in the 2016 general elections.
7. Yoweri Museveni (Uganda)
Yoweri Museveni of Uganda completes our top 7 list. The 76-year-old (August 15, 1944) is one of the longest serving presidents. He has been at the seat of power since 1986.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported about 11 African leaders who have died in office.
Tanzanian president is the most recent. John Magufuli who had just begun his second term in office, died on Wednesday, March 17, evoking memories of other African leaders who lost their lives while still in power.
The late president had been missing from the public for about two weeks, and speculation was rife about his whereabouts and health condition in the days leading to the announcement of his death.