“I don’t expect any 75 to 80 years old still in government, They want to die in office” – Anglican Bishop speaks against Buhari’s re-election bid


The Bishop of Anglican Diocese of Ondo, Stephen Oni, on Sunday, September 16, said Nigeria needs a young and visionary person to become the next president.

The Bishop also urged President Muhammadu Buhari to drop his re-election ambition for 2019 presidential election.

According to Oni, some politicians in Nigeria had overstayed their time in office and refused to leave the political offices for the younger generation.

He said such overstay by these politicians is one of the problems the country was facing.

Punch reports that the Bishop in his charge, titled, ‘Responsibility, not title,’ Oni lamented the recycling of old politicians in power at all levels of government in the country.

He said accused Nigeria politicians of going to any length to perpetuate themselves in power.

“They want to die in office. No wonder, people have thrown caution into the air, we could see impunity everywhere. Worthy legacy is not there, we are only recycling rust brains, they will come back again with their pictures, when they give you N1,000 with the popular chant to ‘vote and cook soup’,” Oni said.

“I don’t expect any 75 to 80 years old still in government, what are they doing there? When will they give their children a place? The age of youthfulness is between 25, 30 and 40; who will want to employ in bank a 75-years old man?

“Are we now saying a 75-year-old should go to the National Assembly, what are they doing there? We need young people who have aspirations and highly adventurous. So, let them allow them in.”

He has his right to contest but my advice for him, if he will do it well, he should go home joyfully,” Oni added.


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