On Monday, June 16, 2015, addressing Nigerians resident in South Africa, President Muhammed Buhari said that, old age, would limit his performance.
This is a tried and tested Person, who was a military governor at 33 and Head of State at the age of 40. Nigerians can testify to his sterling performance as Head of State, and now at age 73, said “I wish I became Head of State when I was a governor, just a few years as a young man. Now at 72, there is a limit to what I can do.”
Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, who turned 72, a few weeks ago, inaugurating the South African branch of the NPP last Saturday, at Illovo in Johannesburg, said the National Democratic Congress’s (NDC) bid to play the age card to secure victory in the 2016 elections will not wash, adding that, he was not too old to be President.
This sound like a tail of two people, with different perspectives, I am sure two years ago, when President Buhari, was gunning for the presidency, if he had been told that, his age would limit his performance, he would like said the same thing, Nana Addo is saying.
Nana Addo, is currently being hunted by the burden of his old age, he is a prostitute in terms of being rabid when it comes to seeking political power.
His criticism of President John Dramani Mahama, these days exposes the decline in his thinking process, he always resurrect dead issues, his appreciation of figures leaves much to be desired.
So to answer him, Nana Addo, you are too old for the highest office of the land. The rigorous nature and demands of the office, is not kind to a man of his age.
Nana Addo, has forgotten that, every human being is unique, the demands on presidents differ from country to country, although we live in a global village, with shared vision, the needs of Ghana, might slightly differ from that of ivory Coast, so attempting to compare himself with Alassane
Ouattara, is completely disingenuous.
“Alassane Ouattara, who I am talking about, in Cote d’Ivoire is two years older than me. Muhammadu Buhari is three years older than me, and you see what he is doing in Nigeria,” the former foreign affairs minister told the gathering.
Let even compare him to Alassane Ouattara, the Ivorian leader has personality, although he is two years older than Nana Addo, he looks younger, very healthy and handsome and is well placed to represent his country among the comity of nations.
Again, poor sense of political judgement was on displayed in South African when Nana Addo, appeared to address members of his party, who were Ghanaians first of all.
Whereas every sensible leader would take the opportunity to address issues that would benefit his or her country, Nana Addo, only thought it wise to focus on himself.
Anytime, Nana Addo, gets the opportunity to address party supporters, he always focuses on his age, it seems his age is getting to him and so he keeps repeating it and disturbing us about the fact that, he is ready for the job of leading the country.
At one time when the issue of his age came up, his response was, go and ask the ladies.
Age is an important factor, in choosing who should lead a nation, because the problems confronting nations today are different from those they confronted yesterday. The problems of today, could very well tell the people or the leader, what the nation, will confront tomorrow.
Nana Addo missed the opportunity, when he lost to John Agyekum Kufuor in 1997 that was the time when the country needed his expertise.
The third generation, has taken over the governance of the nation, it has started with President, John Dramani Mahama, anybody who wishes to succeed him, must certainly be born after Independence.
We are not going back, we are moving forward.
Nana Addo, is a politician I can invest my life to have seen govern this country. Unfortunately for him, time has cheated him, he did not take advantage of the time to beat Kufuor, as popular as he was through the days of Kume Preko, he allowed President John Agyekum Kufuor to steal his birthright.
Every country and the type of leaders it need at every point in its history, Ghana, after former Presidents, John Agyekum Kufuor and John Evans Atta Mills, have decided that, the second generation, must pass the baton to the third generation of Ghanaians after Independence.
So far, President John Dramani Mahama, has acquitted himself well and has set the stage for future leaders. He has laid the foundation for social and economic growth. Ghana, has seen the worst of it existence, we are not going back.
We have passed the stage of experiment, the days of try your luck is over, we are not about to try Nana Addo, when we have a President who is delivering on his promises.
Nana Addo’s fixation on his age, tells a story of a desperate man, whose end is in sight and is not lost on him. He is aware that, his age is his Achilles Heels and he cannot help it, but keep reminding himself that, he is young.
You cannot cheat nature, they is nothing Nana Addo can do to change his present state, he cannot choose any football age to deceive and boost his ego, he is old and unpresidential.
The more he keeps talking about his age, the more pathetic and unconvincing he look and sound. He must learn to talk about something else. Time is already not his friend.