Tinubu, Detractors, Bode George and 2023, By Kunle Solana - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE



Thursday, February 20, 2020

Tinubu, Detractors, Bode George and 2023, By Kunle Solana

Why do people who otherwise should be respected Nigerians behave irresponsibly and  repeat careless statements that subject them to great embarrassment and public ridicule?

Why has Tinubu become the greatest headache and threat to his political detractors and enemies of progress.

Everyone who aspires to the presidency or has a candidate for 2023, sees His Excellency, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu as an obstacle that must be crushed, at least, with their verbal diarrhea.

They make futile attempts to pull down this great and wonderful God-sent man, even when previous similar evil efforts have failed woefully. Yet, they are not relenting in their time- wasting devilish agenda .

Perhaps, they believe that when Asiwaju is down, and probably out, that would boost their undeserved chances, those of their protégées, associates or representatives.

 Such people, include men who have never won, and may  never win elections even in their wards. Much more state and and federal levels..

One of such men is Chief Olabode George. A former Military Administrator of old Ondo state, and a Chieftain of the People's Democratic Party (PDP).

Bode George, the Atoona  Oodua of Yoruba Land, is  one of those believed to be eyeing Nigeria's presidency in 2023. He is working underground and warming up seriously. Whether he has the clout to win the Presidential election is another issue entirely for another day.

There is no quarrel with his presidential ambition. It is his fundamental right to do so, if he desires and decides to seek the highest political office in the country.

However, what I find funny, distasteful and disagree with is Chief George's penchant to always attack Tinubu in his every statement and given opportunity.

George can commence his campaign, if he likes,  without dragging Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and his hard-earned good name, image, reputation and high integrity that took him years of hard-work to build into it.

Definitely, Bola Ahmed Tinubu Admirers' Movement (BATAM) which I represent as the President will not tolerate it. We will not take such nonsense from anybody. We had earlier warned against such some months ago, in 2019. No matter who you are, BATAM shall challenge you squarely.

We are aware that Tinubu's political  detractors don't like him and are not comfortable with the naked reality that the Jagaban Borgu is highly regarded, favoured and has become very popular  among the rich and the poor; the mighty and the lowly across Nigeria.
Indeed, Bola Tinubu's fame has grown luxuriantly across the country and beyond, to the joy and admiration of teeming admirers globally; to the consternation of his detractors.

To God be the glory that Tinubu, whether anybody likes it or not is the current and remains the undisputed political leader of the Yoruba race whom God has adequately prepared to lead Nigeria in the nearest future.

 He is also one of the  architects of modern politics, democracy and good governance in Nigeria; having successfully prepared the grounds  for Lagos to become a good model in Nigeria.

Those who doubted the level of respect the Southwest has for Tinubu and the acceptance of his ascendancy to the political leadership of the Southwest and Yoruba race,  saw how the whole nation eagerly waited for his comments and opinion on the establishment of the Southwest Security Network, code named  "Operation Amotekun ".

When the real leader of the people, the God-sent leader finally spoke, his statement immediately cleared the unnecessary heat and tension generated by the issue of  Amotekun. 

His well-crafted, thought provoking and highly inspiring statement contained reasonable and acceptable suggestions which brought amicable solution and settlement to what could have  snow-balled into a major socio-political upheaval and quagmire. It could have also led to a serious political conflagration that would have probably engulfed the entire nation; starting from the Southwest.

How many individuals in the Southwest and entire nation can achieve that kind of commendable, but rare feat? Not many. Such great men like Tinubu are scarce.

There is no further doubt that Tinubu, the Grand Life Patron of Bola Ahmed  Tinubu Admirers' Movement (BATAM) World-Wide is a genuine and uncommon leader. He is a unique leader in a  special class of his own. He is miles ahead of his mates, peers, colleagues and political contemporaries. These are some of the reasons for the kind of serious envy, jealousy and hatred we are witnessing. 

Honestly, Asiwaju Tinubu is the kind of visionary leader that Nigeria deserves and Nigerians desire as President and Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces beginning from May 29, 2023.

Bode George and his likes may not realise that the tragedy of their meaningless incessant verbal attacks on Tinubu, occasioned by envy and jealousy, have been making a mockery of themselves, 

Bode George's actions are rapidly depleting and eroding whatever little iota of political integrity he may have. He has since turned himself into a jester. What the Yoruba calls ALAWADA. Every sane person now mocks him anytime he speaks ill of Tinubu, the hero and mentor of millions of Nigerians, both at home and in the diaspora.

Bode George in his latest statement against Tinubu said:

“It is a challenge. It would be the most illogical and most disruptive issue to have him (Tinubu) elected as President. If this happens, I will disown Nigeria to take the citizenship of Togo or any other country."

Why must Chief Bode George associate himself with this kind of unfortunate, irresponsible and careless talk that subjects him to public odium and ridicule?

The masses' reactions to  
this  undignified statement have been overwhelmingly unfavourable to the retired military officer; particularly in the social media.

People are quick to recall a similar statement he made in 2015 about President Muhammadu Buhari. They argue that if he was really a man of integrity, he would have honoured his words to go on exile or relocate from Nigeria when General Muhammadu Buhari won the election and became President Muhammadu Buhari..

Where really is his integrity? It has since been torn to shreds on the alter of "Bad Belle."

Kunle Solana is a Veteran Journalist and member of BATAM

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