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Tinubu's Declaration For Presidency: The Nightmare For His Foes

Tinubu & APC Reps Caucus


The Daily Crucible | Sunday,  March 20, 2022

By Kunle Alaye

I have been consistently asking myself of several rhetorical questions, to know if the former governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, is the only one nursing ambition to vie for the exalted seat of presidency in 2023. Ironically, the answer to this is simply a capital No.

Sequel to the reality above, one would then be wondering why this apparent, subsequent and consequent noise about the politically weighty personality?Interestingly,  while his oppositions are busy condemning his candidature with campaign of calumny, he is steadily waxing stronger.

It will also interest you that some of those who finished from "Bola Tinubu School of Ideology and Empire, are indefensibly encapsulated with jealousy, envy and political persecutions. I mean many of whom rose as political gladiators today, including president Buhari and his VIce (Yemi Osibajo).

This of course is not alien in Nigerian politics. The late sage Obafemi Awolowo who remains the best president Nigeria never had, was persecuted, betrayed and incarcerated for years, until his release by Gowon in 1967.

Late Chief MKO Abiola, was equally persecuted  incarcerated too and betrayed by his supposed kins man. The question is why is this type of acts peculiar to Yoruba race? We love to castigate and destroy our political leaders. Honestly, it is pretty sad.

As a corp member/corp liaison officer, almost two decades ago, at the Dange/Shuni Local Government Area of Sokoto State, the then Chairman of the Local Government, was resident in Abuja. He would only come every month end, to share the monthly allocations and afterwards, departs for Abuja, until another month end.

Despite all these, his people would applaud him, "raka dede megida". Throughout my one year, in Sokoto as corp member, I could not witness any serious project of such kind. Yet he was never crucified. Of course, I am not encouraging gross misconduct or political porosity. However, we can learn to appreciate our own political leaders too.

Of course, I am not exnorating Bola Tinubu as a saint however, his political track records as a Nigerian polician is evidently evident. He is the best man for the job. He has been part of the system, he knows the cabal and he can trace them to institute sanity.

The game about #End SARS crises, was politically motivated. Tinubu, is not the president neither the Lagos State governor Nor the chief of army staff. So why the noise about him as the one responsible for the lives of the innocent souls wasted at Lekki Plaza?

The state of Nigerian state, today has been terribly bastardised to vote young person whom would be worse than elderly person. 
Nigeria can not represent a true model of ideal state as the Greek scholar (Plato) suggested. So it is pretty difficult to suggest a "potential puppet" as the next president, all in the name of younger person.

Aminu Tambuwal and others advocating for younger president, should equally reflect or account for their outstanding political track records so far, in their past and present respective offices they have occupied as youths in Nigeria.

Nigerian politics is seemingly too sophisticated and incominicado to handle for a just naive youth. "Atari ajanaku ni, ko n se eru omode" meaning, Nigerian governance is not just a child's play- it is not what a little one can take charge. This is just the reality, let us stop being delusional.

I admonish Tinubu's opposition to stop being subjective about his candidature otherwise he remains a perrennial nightmare for them.

Kunle Alaye, Fellow/Laureate, Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) writes from the Department of Political Science and International Relations Chrisland University Abeokuta Ogun State Nigeria.

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