Alhaji Bola Ahmed Tinubu , National Leader and Chieftain of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) has once again taken the Nigerian Social Media by storm since the publication of an article by Chief Dele Momodu, CEO of Oviation Magazines on 27th October 2019.
In the said article Momodu gave reasons why Tinubu, a former governor of Lagos state and national leader of the All Progressive Congress, is qualified to run for presidency come 2023.
In Momodu’s opinion, every Nigerian just like President Buhari is qualified to take a shot at the presidency saying there are no saints in Nigeria.
The renowned publisher said though he would have preferred a younger candidate to run for the office of the President in 2023 but for the current trend of the younger political leader’s across the country not being able to justify the Not-too-Young -to Rule mantra, it has become increasingly wiser to consider track records of performance as against age alone.
If you ask me, I will tell you, unequivocally, and repeatedly, that Tinubu is eminently qualified to contest. If you ask me if he is a saint, I will say no. None of us is. Not even Buhari. Not you, not me. Nations are not governed by saints but by performers. That is one of the recurring theses that I regularly propagate in my musings and reflections. I have no illusions that Tinubu will definitely perform as President of Nigeria, if he ever contests and wins. He has a knack for identifying brilliant minds and fertile brains, and the ability to nurture them to greatness. He has demonstrated this repeatedly and almost endlessly. Examples abound without doubt.
Does Tinubu suffer from excesses and shortcomings? Perhaps, again like all mortals, he does. This does not diminish his greatness. His excesses are mitigated by several strong and positive qualities. He is generous to a fault. He has lifted many souls, old and young, from penury and perdition. He is a classic example of the Good Samaritan. We all have our shortcomings and why should Tinubu be an exception. Too many unprintable rumours, myths and comments have been circulated in writing and also spoken about him, some bordering on character assassination and unverifiable vilification, but God chooses and anoints those he wants. And no one can challenge God. It is obvious that Tinubu has been richly blessed, despite his apparent foibles. Such is life.
I have followed his trajectory for close to three decades. His story is a stuff of fairy tales. All those who have disparaged, derided, denigrated and despised him have not been able to bring him down, despite their monumental efforts to achieve this. When you think he is supine, broken and out, he rises, like the Black onyx and soars again. I witnessed this, live and direct, during our exile days. Many times, we all felt down and out but Tinubu’s passion and influence re-engineered things and made us redouble our efforts. The reason is simple. Tinubu has an uncommon audacity. I believe his bravery has taken him beyond his own imagination. A man who has survived too many tribulations like him cannot be an ordinary soul. God must love him dearly and extraordinarily. He has fought many battles that he won, spectacularly. He is naturally smart and adequately fearless. A mutual friend once told a few of us that he is very sure Tinubu would still take the risk even if you say a particular venture will kill him. He has such kamikaze instincts. You can’t go far in life, if you’re too squeamish and Tinubu is a living proof that courage conquers all.
It is wrong to say Tinubu has no right to run for the Presidency in 2023. Who are those who will run if he does not? How are they better? What qualifies them to run that disqualifies him from running? Yes, I may prefer younger people to take over but many of them we have seen have not justified the noise about “not too young to rule,” by ruling senselessly and recklessly. I’m now convinced that age should not be a deliberate barrier; track record of achievements should be the priority” the articel in parts read
Responding Femi Fani-Kayode, a former minister of Aviation and a Chieftain of the opposition People’s Democratic Party took to his Twitter handle to call out certain persons who according to him must really hate Nigerians for constantly campaigning for candidates who don’t mean well for the nation as he is currently doing for Tinubu.
Series of counter reactions led Dele Momodu to asked the former Aviation Minister where in his article he said Tinubu is the best bet for president in 2023.
The journey to 2023 has just begun.
Meeday will provide you with all the intrigues as we journey on