A group, the Nigerian Union in South Africa, has said that President Muhammadu Buhari did not say he was too old to rule Nigeria in a speech he delivered in South Africa during the recent African Union Summit, as reported in some media.
Mr Ikechukwu Anyene, the President of the Union, made the clarification in a statement issued in Pretoria, South Africa, obtained by the Street Journal on Friday.
It would be recalled that the president had at a town hall meeting with Nigerians in South Africa on June 15 purportedly said that he was too old to govern Nigeria.
The statement, however, described the reports as false, stressing that the president never made such a statement at the meeting.
It said that Buhari, instead, enlightened the gathering about his administration’s plans and policies to move the country forward, adding that it was disappointing that some people were using the social media to score cheap political points.
The statement said: “The president never said that he is too old to govern.
“Though it is necessary for the opposition to keep the ruling party on its toes, it is equally important that the criticisms should be issue-based so that government will have a breathing space to fix our country.’’
The Union expressed confidence in President Buhari’s ability to tackle Nigeria’s challenges, adding that the Nigerian community in South Africa was happy to meet the president.