Is president Buhari fit to continue to be the president?

I do not think anyone would mock president Buhari for being old. I do think everyone wishes and prays to be old but when old age is affecting the lives and aspirations of millions of people, it is only honourable to quit and retire and go to rest.

In the campaign trail, the president has been seen making gaffes, he mistook his inaugration day of May 29 for May 19. On Wednesday at the presidential campaign rally of the All Progressives Congress (APC) held in Lokoja, Kogi State, he said, “I assure you that I am very aware of your appreciation of the efforts for what we were able to deliver since came in 19th of May, 2015.” He was also seen to slightly slump at the same venue.

An aide to former President Goodluck Jonathan, Mr. Reeno Omokri tweeted, “must watch: President @MBuhari collapsing today in Lokoja. Watch and share. Not that I am happy. I pity the man. He belongs in a retirement home, not in the Presidency. This man is not healthy. Those who love him should tell him to #ReturnToDaura.”

In Delta, while passing the party’s flag to the gubernatorial candidate Mr. Great Ogboru, President Buhari who is the presidential candidate, repeatedly called Ogboru, the party’s presidential and senatorial candidate. His words, “I am handing over this flag of honour to our presidential candidate.” A man on the stage to his left corrected him, saying “gubernatorial”, but Buhari responded with “to our senatorial candidate”. Again, the man corrected him, saying “gubernatorial” and this time, Buhari said “governortorial candidate”.

There have been signs of a retiring man who wants to continue to put the aspirations of millions of Nigerians in a retiring home. The economy is in bad shape, security is not getting better. Many soldiers who are fighting Boko Haram are dying and some reportedly are leaving the battlefield. Many civilians have lost their lives in mass killings while little is heard of any arrest of the perpetrators. The overall health of the country is in decline.

On 17 June 2015, the president told Nigerians in South Africa, after taking part in the 25th Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union in Johannesburg, that his performance will be limited by old age.

“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,” Mr Buhari said.

Many people have wondered the health situation of the president. Mr. Farooq Kperogi wrote, “I tweeted that a doctor who has met Buhari told me that Buhari shows tell-tale symptoms of dementia (of which Alzheimer’s disease is a type), which is characterized by repetitiveness, unawareness, mental deterioration, impaired memory, diminished quality of thought, slurred speech, and finally complete helplessness. It’s a clear case of progressive, irreversible cognitive decline.”

The PDP Chairman Uche Secondus alledged that president Buhari is under pressure from the cabal. He said, “from what Nigerians and the international community are witnessing around the President lately, it was apparent that he is tired and incapable but they would not let him.” He warned they should not kill the president with undue pressure.

Recall that the wife of the president Aisha had On December 4, 2018, revealed that the president’s administration would have done better if not for two powerful persons.

Does it mean that the two men and many other interests are pushing the president to continue to want to lead Nigeria despite obvious tiredness?

There are so many signs that the president has shown to point to his incapacity to continue to lead the country. The president also acknowledged there is a limit to what he can do due to old age. The country needs to be healthy economically and the people need to be assured that they can move around safe.

The people who are asking the president to retire do not hate him, in fact they love him. They wish him well and want him to go and rest and live longer.