Politics, like other human adventures, needs caution at the heat of dealings. The importance of this, especially the use of words may never be known or realised until a situation asks questions about previous statements made.
It was in 2014, in an interview with Vanguard, when current Vice Presidential candidate of the PDP, Peter Obi said ‘Nigeria does not need a 72-year old grandfather like Buhari’.
President Muhammadu Buhari at the point was vying against then incumbent, Goodluck Jonathan.
The former Anambra State Governor had said then, that Buhari was being deceived by Rotimi Amaechi and some blind politicians.
He compared Nigeria’s situation to several places around the world and said Nigeria does not need an old leader to advance.
Obi further told Buhari that he doesn’t need a political office to make an impact as a statesman, insisting he could help the country without being invited.
“In a world where a life-changing protest for democratic change, demanding for free and fair democracy without Chinese interference, was led by a 17-year-old boy in Hong Kong, APC is threatening to inflict a 72-year-old grandfather on Nigeria as president. Do you realise that the major companies of the world like Google (1998), Yahoo (1994), Ebay (1995), Facebook (2004) and Alibaba (1999), were all founded by people under 40 years of age? Most of the captains of industry in Nigeria today are led by men and women who were in not yet in primary school 31 years ago when Buhari’s was Head of State”.
Obi in an interview with Vanguard said that Buhari did not have to wait until he becomes a leader before he saves the country from the ‘bullets’ of the Boko Haram sect.
According to him, “Gen. Buhari, as a respected, retired general and as an elder statesman, does not need an invitation, an appointment or an elective office to intervene on any national issue, especially issues of national security like the one facing the country at the moment. Elder statesmen all over the world do not wait to be invited before they step forward on matters of grave concern to their fatherland.”
Atiku Abubakar will turn 72 on the 25th of November and is the Presidential candidate of the PDP ahead of the 2019 election.
He has chosen Peter Obi as his running mate, hence the need to remind the well-read, highly rated Obi of his statement four years ago.
So we ask, does Nigeria need a 72-year old grandfather in 2018?