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‘African Citizens Must Stop Voting for Old Aged Men Above 70yrs Into Leadership’ – Late Kofi Annan

An ex UN secretary general Kofi Annan has disclosed that the present poor province of Africa is basically because of old aged men in power The peace keeping symbol made this amusing comment at the just finished world changers to summit which took place in Namibia.

Joint Special Envoy Kofi Annan spoke with the media at the United Nations Office at Geneva following the June 30, 2012 Meeting of the Action Group for Syria.

Africa has great values to depend upon, Africa could be independent, but we have too many old men at the presidency, some are above 70yrs, and what do you expect them to do?”.
This shocking view was made to inspire Africans to choose a more younger and better men and women into power rather than old men. Ghana is a typical example where the peace maker hails from. check the list below to see the number of African leaders Kofi Annan is talking about.


‘African politicians must learn to retire at a minimum age of 70yrs, but rather we have packed old men in our leadership, how could we move forward.

Some are even above 80yrs and still ruling’: Kofi Annan


Written by How Africa


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  1. Kofi Annah may have a dementia.Why he did not refuse the Secretary General job. He was old at that time when I met him at the UN as a student doing my internship. How many Americans that are old serving their country as senetors, represetatives governor, even Trump. Pls tell Trump that he is old and shoud stop leading his people.He is not in power so he now has a good idea. Shame on you .

  2. This is a false argument. Whether they are 70, 80, 30 or 40 years of age is not fundamental. Age is not a class or scientific indicator of consciousness. Essential for Africa and Humanity is how democratic representatives apply ideology/culture into PRACTICE. Africans must be organized into a mass permanent revolutionary Party to totally liberate and unify Africa with scientific socialism and in coordination with anti-imperialist forces in the world. This should include all, from the cradle to the grave. As Amilcar Cabral taught us, only when we free the modes of production without imperialist domination, will we control History, Culture and Ideology.
    We would prefer a faithful representative in her 70s to a ungrateful traitor in his 30s.

  3. Pathetic comment from this coon, I am not surprised when he is working for the white elites at UN. He should be saying that to these old fart western leaders in Europe and America where leaders are aged 70-80 years old. Age does not determine democracy, good governance. It’s about leadership, plain and simple with a African mind, culture that fits for the citizens and the civil society with strong independent African political and economic institutions that Africa will have to rebuild, so African can finally have that where the public can have a credible government where it can held the government and the leaders accountable without bloody imperialists invading and forcing with their agenda for their interests that it’s not on the interests of the African people.

  4. There could have been great change in Africa and the age is not the big problem we face in Africa but rather the leader the get to the leadership position due to gain of riches of the country they pretend to be leading ,if we had true leader they would be aiming at improvement at various sectors be it roads , schools ,hospital but to mention afew.May God have mercy on Africa

  5. He is right because the leaders thing od how to dill their own stomach but not of their own citizens and if we involve the young stars they will bringchanges because they are still have the ideas that can take us to next level we need brooms that are able to sweep the room well due to fact that they are still sharp in mind and the ideas

  6. Yes, I do agree with most comments expressed that age is not really important. We only need people with leadership qualities ; educated, sensible and broadminded, selfless and against corruption

  7. It is an established psychoanalytic studies that there is no strenght of thoughts in old age. Old People tell tales of the past. To compare older persons in power in established democracies is illogical without due consideration to the overwhelming power of substantive staff in western democracies.

  8. From my experience in leadership in some selected African countries I can confident argue against the position of the veteran Kofi Annan on the issue he has raised. The following is what I have to say and that is my candid opinion.
    Former presidents Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria, John Dramani Mahama of Ghana just to mention a few were known to be the youngest amongst leaders the two aforementioned nations have ever had in recent times. However, their performances as leaders are know to be the poorest in their respective countries. Both Goodluck Jonathan’s and Mahama’s administration are noted of riddled with many corrupt activities that they the presidents were directly involved. Moreover the young people given positions in government were not any different in regard to stealing from the nation’s coffers.
    On the other side of the spectrum in regard to older people in presidential and other leadership positions, although some of them including South Africa’s Jacob Zumah have been found to be corrupt. Nevertheless, there are countless among these old folks that are/could be given thumbs up for distinguishing themselves for giving good leadership that is seen propelling their countries into prosperity. The Ivorian leader President Quattra, Paul Kagame of Rwanda, John Kuffour/Nana Akuffo Addo of Ghana, Nigeria’s Buhari as well as theTanzanian Presiden John Magufuli are few examples.
    Where then lies the fact that the young in Africa can preform better if considered as presidents/leaders than the older people.

  9. My submission is that, age may not matter depending on different individuals, BUT OVER STAYING in power is a problem. The more a person stays in power the more corrupt he becomes.There by the LAW of diminishing returns! Those who were visionary & developmental at start tend to be liabilities to their countries.

  10. Governing a country is not a try your luck thing. We need the experienced people, being old actually does contributes to the experience…..

  11. Kofi Anan gave false assumptions. What age was he when he got UN job, more complex than African leadership. Passive decaying is his problem, is not a realist.

  12. I agree, look at the president of countries like Ethiopia and Sierra Leone. They have new young blood in office and are making a real change real fast. Good article

  13. In the third line of your article. Africa is not a province but a continent with 55 countries made of people with dignity and deserving honour.

  14. @yaw bimpong, go ahead with your NPP politics. The current Ghana government is poor, corrupt, nepotistic, vengeful and lacks ideas. To compare Mahama to Akuffo-Addo is laughable.all the current government does is changing names of projects done by Mahama and recommissioning. There’s a reason why Ghana is loosing trust internationally. When the finance minister, chief justice, attorney general,etc. are your relatives, what do you expect. When the presidents name is caught been used to extort business men/women what do you expect? Oldage leadership is Africa’s problem.

  15. Age is not really the problem sir. If you recall, Education does not depreciate with age, there fore one can do what he was taught in school till he ever dies so long he is in good health. All African president above 70 are in good health and when not in good health, they stop work immediately. What Africans need instead is realize that they need to vote a well educated person rather than influential/popular person.
    What I expect people of your authority to say most is the basic things that African president should do which exist in develop countries like ensure first that the tar road net work goes to all government district, give their citizens living allowance ( you must note this specific item because is very important – like when I was in Canada I was given monthly $599 for living and no African government does these, you must stress on this because citizens own the count and it should give them a living), and other basic development things like government should print its currency to the fullest for its expenses and development. As part of Taxation you study that taxes are use to regulate the economy by charging tax to foreign goods and employees, why now government are charging citizens income and corporation tax when they can make enough and unlimited money from printing the currency. Rectify this sir in life and stop the devil that has deviate man from his happiness to suffering, you can imaging that you have a currency as a citizens that you can print and cover your basic expenses that’s have a living and just work if you need life asset like house car and/or luxurious life, rectify this and let it be like in Canada that I quoted that every has this basic life even though value may still be small but good.
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