|By Lizzy Adie.
The Vice President of Nigeria, Namadi Sambo has asked Nigerians not to cast their vote for Buhari, in the March 28 election saying that the country does not deserve a leader who is 73. He said this during the solidarity rally by Nigeria sportsmen and women for president Goodluck Jonathan in Abuja on Saturday morning.
Buhari, who was born on December 17, 1942, and will be 73 December 2015.
Mr Sambo, at 60, believes the former head of state is too old to be president, a sentiment he first expressed in January when he suggested Mr Buhari is too old and weak to physically lead the war against terrorist group, Boko Haram. He said “our president is a young president and I don’t think this country deserves a 73 years old president”
He therefore asked the sportsmen and women to allow Mr .Jonathan to carry go in the March 28 election. “come 28 March, make sure you have your PVC cards and make sure Mr President carry go” he said. He added that, President Jonathan promised to create a special intervent fund for sports if re-elected. He said the fund will cater for special training programs for sports people, help them advanced in academics after their sporting careers, help pay for treatment and rehabilitation for injured sportsmen and women and ensure that anyone who wins medal for Nigeria does not live ‘below average’ after his or her career. Mr Jonathan also said the fund would be used to reposition and strengthen the National Institute of sports in Lagos and the center of Excellence Abuja. ” this special fund will be professional managed and once it’s in place, Nigeria will begin to dominate sport globally”.
The president said he is “passionate about sports because sport is one of the things that unite country”
The rally, which is part of President Jonathan’s re-election campaign was attended by sports stars such as ; Nwankwo Kanu, Austin Eguavoen, Mary Onyali, Peter Rufia and many more.