Respected magazine publisher, Dele Momodu in his weekly article writes about the prospects of a Bola Tinubu presidency come 2023,
According to Dele Momodu, ‘Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has his gaze firmly fixed on the Nigerian Presidential seat in Abuja’.
See his full article below…
Fellow Nigerians permit me to say, it is no longer a secret that the former Governor of Lagos State and easily one of the most influential politicians in Africa, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has his gaze firmly fixed on the Nigerian Presidential seat in Abuja.
Let me put it more frontally, Tinubu will love to drop the Chieftaincy title, Asiwaju, for that of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
Who wouldn’t, anyway? I once tried my luck despite not having ten percent of Tinubu’s stupendous resources, extensive networks, public service experience and achievements and so on.
I know that some will think it is too early to be talking about a successor to President Muhammadu Buhari given that his second term is barely six months old.
Nevertheless, the political gladiators are already baring their fangs and showing their hands and flapping their wings.
It would be silly of anyone to shut their eyes to such developments. The debate is already raging, as always. We love to talk. Don’t we? That’s our pastime, sadly or joyously.
The naysayers are having a field day with a plethora of reasons and questions on why he cannot succeed. What does Tinubu want again? He can’t win! He is not fit enough! He is too tainted and tarnished! The Hausa-Fulani will never give him power.
How can he think he can attain what Chief Obafemi Awolowo and Chief Moshood Abiola failed to get? Why can’t he field one of the people he empowered in the past? Too many questions begging for answers.
I often wonder what exactly the matter is with us we practically groan and grumble over anything and everything.
Someone once wrote that we all have the Abacha traits in us. We are all autocratic and oppressive in nature, the reason Democracy is not working here and may never work in most parts of Africa. We are just too intolerant and too dismissive.
But for me and my house, I’m a consummate Democrat. I believe everyone has the right to aspire to any height in life, especially in politics.
Political leadership is not the personal property of any person, dynasty or group! 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.