Aug 7, 2017

Why there should be no any age limit for presidency – Obasanjo


Former President, Olusegun Obasanjo on Sunday, said that anyone should be allowed to lead the country no matter the age, as long as the citizens chose the person.

Obasanjo stated this as a guest speaker at an exposition series tagged, “God in my life,” organised by the Torchbearer Society of Archbishop Vining Memorial Church Cathedral, Ikeja, Lagos.

He cited the example of Gen. Yakubu Gowon, who became military Head of State at the age of 33.

Obasanjo made the remarks while commenting on the bill by the Senate to reduce the age of presidential candidates from 40 to 35.

“Quite frankly, if we put minimum age, why are we not putting maximum age? If they put minimum age and then say that even if you are 90, you can be president, because there is no age limit to being president.

“To me, there should be no age limit. Gen. Gowon (retd.) became the Head of State at the age of 33, I became the Head of State at 39…

“I believe there should be no age limit; let the people decide,” Obasanjo said.