Buhari Stirs Fresh Controversy Over His 'Real' Age
President Muhammadu Buhari has again stirred up a controversy over his real age.
Buhari on Monday said he thought he was 74 until he was told he was 75.
Buhari spoke when the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Muhammed Bello, led a delegation to pay him Christmas homage at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The President, joined by some state governors and other top government officials, celebrated his 75th birthday penultimate Sunday.
He was said to have been born on December 17, 1942, in Daura, present day Katsina State.
The quest to know Buhari’s real age has been in the spotlight since he assumed the leadership of the country.
In 2015, when he was celebrating his 73rd birthday, former President Olusegun Obasanjo had felicitated with him in what may be described as a Freudian slip.
Obasanjo allegedly wished Buhari happy 78th birthday.
Again, in 2016, when the President turned 74 his real age became a public discourse after he received his 1953 classmates at the Aso Rock Villa.
From 1953 to 2016 it was calculated as 63yrs. Those who have made it their duty to calculate the President’s age are questioning if Buhari was 10 years when he attended secondary school as of then.
That same year, 2016, in reaction to the 75th birthday celebration of General Abdulsalami Abubakar, Reno Omokri, a former aide to ex- President Goodluck Jonathan stirred some dust over the age of President Buhari.
He said: "General Abdulsalami Abubakar turned 75 years old this year. Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari, his former boss and military senior (who joined the army years before Gen. Abubakar) says he is 74.
"If I talk they will say I am a wailer! In any case, we have a President who told us last October 1st that (and I am using his exact words), 'Investors from all over the world are falling over themselves to come and do business in Nigeria.'
"This is despite the fact that under Buhari, foreign investment into Nigeria has fallen to a nine year low.
"Well I guess a man who can tell such a blatant lie can be relied upon to state his real age. Inconclusive age. Inconclusive certificate. Inconclusive elections."