Nigerian Tribune – PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari has expressed regrets that he did not become the president at a younger age, as there is a limit to what he can do at the age of 72.
He made the assertion on Monday, while addressing members of the Nigerian community in Johannesburg, South Africa, where he also vowed that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) would “kill” corruption in the country.
The president, who recalled his times as state governor, petroleum minister and military head of state, also explained that he repeatedly contested the presidency because of his belief in the practicability of conducting free and fair election in the country.
He expressed confidence in the unity of the country, saying that though there are some “crazy” people who talk about the disintegration of the country, Nigeria would never break up.
“How 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.
“What brought me there, I think, mainly is because I love this country. I was in the war front for 30 months during the civil war. I lost a lot of people loyal to me, I lost relatives. A lot of Nigerians did too.
“We lost about two million Nigerians just to keep Nigeria one. So, nobody should come now and tell us rubbish. We are going to remain one country. God has given us another opportunity to reorganise this country. Those who work hard, the society will pay them back,” he said.