One of Africa’s richest men and founder of Mo Ibrahim Foundation, Mr. Mohammed Ibrahim, famously known as Mo Ibrahim, has condemned the continued support for old and ailing people who run for president in Africa. At a recent event where former president, Olusegun Obasanjo attended, the renowned businessman and philanthropist condemned the sit-tight attitude of many African leaders.
“Please allow me to be frank, don’t take offence. I wish to start from where President Obasanjo stopped about age. You have been president for so long that’s why you are careful with words. You see people at 90 years and about to start new terms, you guys are crazy or what (he said referring to youths in attendance).
“We see people in wheelchairs unable to raise hands standing for election. This is a joke; you are free to laugh…the whole world already laughing at us. The US, the most important country in the world, like it or not…Obama who is half African anyway was 46, 47 years. If ?Obama was in Kenya, ?what would he be doing ? ? He would ?be driving bus? maybe.? And he was not youngest president. (Bill) Clinton and (JF) Kennedy were even younger.?Why these big countries lead… men in their 40s entrust their nuclear weapon, economies, all resources.
“And we only pick up men at 90s to lead us. To lead us where? To the grave?” he asked