- Billionaire businessman Mo Ibrahim has criticized African youths for continually choosing "old men" as presidents
- He said most countries outside Africa that are performing well are led by young men
- He said in Africa, men in wheelchairs who can't raise their arms still stand for election
Mr. Mohammed Mo Ibrahim, Chairman of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, has expressed criticism towards the youth of the African continent for repeatedly choosing "old men" as presidential candidates.
According to the Sudanese-British billionaire businessman, countries that are performing well on the global stage are mostly led by younger men.
Speaking at an event held in Kigali, the capital of Rwanda, Mr. Ibrahim related that the African continent is one that is teeming with young people, many of whom are still in their twenties, and yet the average age for African presidents is 64.
“We are the only continent in the world where we have presidents at 90 years old starting new terms, you guys are crazy or what?” He asked.
The billionaire businessman related that in Africa, men in wheelchairs who can't even raise their hands stand for elections, and said that the situation is a joke.
"Yes, you are right to laugh because the whole world is laughing at us,” he said.
Mr. Ibrahim went on to say that, in America, President Obama -who is half African- became president at the reasonably young age of 46.
He added that had president Obama been in Kenya, he would probably have been a bus driver.
Mr. Mo Ibrahim also pointed out that both President Clinton and President Kennedy were younger than President Obama when they first took up office.
"We only pick up people at 90 years old to lead us; to lead us where? To the grave?" He asked.
The Mo Ibrahim Foundation, lead by its namesake, is a foundation that promotes good governance on the African continent.
It is also the foundation behind the Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership, an award that celebrates excellence in African leadership, a prize award to former Heads of State or government.
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