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Buhari: The Older The Wine, The Tastier – Presidency

Posted: Jun 18, 2015 at 8:15 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Chesa Chesa  –  Abuja

The presidency on Wednesday moved to clarify the widely reported comments of President Muhammadu Buhari in South Africa that at 72, there was a limit to what he could do as he strives to deliver on his campaign promises.

Addressing the Nigerian community there on Monday night, Buhari, who had served as a military governor of the then Nigeria’s North-Eastern State at the age of 33, declared: “I wish I became Head of State when I was a governor. Now at 72, there is a limit to what I can do.”

However, his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, in a press statement explained that the comments did not mean that Buhari was too old to cope with the demands of his presidential duties for which he was elected by Nigerians.

Instead, Buhari has actually gotten wiser and more mature just like a wine gets tastier as it gets older, and remain poised to take Nigeria to greater heights, said Adesina.According to the spokesman, “as the saying goes, ‘old wines are tastier’ and the President Buhari we have today is a man, like old wine, that has got tastier.

“At 72, yes, he can’t be called a youth, but he has in quantum the wisdom, the patience, temperance and forbearance that age brings. And all these virtues he has brought to the Presidency, to make a difference in our national life.

“The President assured the Nigerian community in South Africa that his Administration will make a positive impact on the country. And that he would do.”

Adesina added that “at 72, the Buhari persona has not changed. He remains the simple, honest, incorruptible patriot he has always been. And because Nigerians earnestly desired change, that was why they voted for him overwhelmingly at the general elections in March, this year.

“All the virtues and values of the Buhari persona will be deployed into governance in the weeks and months ahead.

“The Nigerian community in South Africa was enthralled as President Buhari spoke with them on Monday. In fact, leaving the venue was an effort, as they swarmed round the President, who shook hands with as many of them as he could.

“They took his message well. That is the essence of good wine. It gets better with age. And it is a message for all Nigerians, both at home and in the Diaspora.”