One Man Tinubu In The Face Of History, By Maxwell Adegbenro
The pre election drama was not without hero. Nigerians are not unaware of whose political back cum effectual strategist strengthened the Herculean struggle for change when it look impossible.
There are many gladiators whose contributions would not go down in history or face extinction on the pages of record. One, among all leaders whose indivisible agitation for a better Nigeria paralysed the long moribund leadership style of PDP is Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, former Lagos State Governor.
For some of us; the saying that no one is capable of pursuing the vision of a greater Nigeria than the cliff that screw out the reality of hope and possibility is today faceless. Tinubu had shown and led with pack that one man ambition is not enough to prolong the long years hardship in the hands of undemocratic titans. He did that in 2007, sacrificed his return to the senate for his political son Ganiu Solomon. That, in large measure is apparent syndicate of responsible Democractic principles for a man who wasnt a sit-tack at the battle for a return to democracy.
Since Bola Ahmed Tinubu and his admirable wife left government house in 2007. They have never hide their interest in salvaging the political misfortunes of Nigeria from the vultures that won’t stop milking our resources dry for intuitive glide. One would have in quick light expects a spontaneous strike from the architect of modern lagos; having proven himself as the only politician with windows mite to cast chase on willful politicians -Fighting. As one man he proved too sturborn for PDP leadership under the close watch of former President Olusegun Obasanjo who was hell-bent capturing south west.
Asiwaju didn’t just survived the hurricane. He, and his proactive lieutenants began susceptible moves reviving the Yoruba states back. In the end, the mighty falls to change in Southwest; remember as one man.
Nothing compares to his leadership ability as one dogged fighter with his army at the service of the nation. In the face of hapless financial turbulent orchestrated by the government of PDP led by Olusegun Obasanjo, he turned the adversity to opportunities. Lagos State under him survived workers scare and later became benchmark for states in such precarious situation. Volume you will agree it speaks of man who’ll stride in any venture in delve. However, his happy-go attitude wouldn’t go without inspiring torrents that spells across south west in human capacity; paving heavy way for purposeful leadership and developing leaders with quintessential service torch.
Asiwaju Bola Tinubu’s political prowess has transcended beyond regional boundary. He is today a national leader.
Take or leave it, history has judged him fairly. He singlehandedly sponsored NADECO in the 1990s. Fought and send the Al-mustapha/Abacha brutal Military regime packing and set the pace for the democracy we all enjoying today. We need to ask his critics and their paymasters there roles in the making of a new resolving nation birthed in 1999. The Atiku, Saraki and those benches that feeds from people’s hard labour.
Asiwaju and NADECO members put their life in line to rescue Nigeria from Military brutality.
Asiwaju singlehandedly formed, midwifed and nurtured APC to a glorify -formidable opposition party in Nigeria that would shoulder the burden of regrets inhibited on us, discrepancies in leadership and hopeful projections not just wrestling powers from the so called largest party in Africa and ruling party for 16 uninterrupted years with CBN, NNPC and Oil tycoons and Captains of industry bamboozing the 2015 election.
Tinubu stood firm and faithful with Buhari during turbulent times, garnered support for him with the international community and bought all electronic, print and social media platforms within and outside the country to clear Buhari dented Military image. In fact PDP in power was unable to beat the political propaganda machine of the APC and only resorted to hate campaign using AIT and NTA.
Tinubu with the aide of some Nigerians financed Buhari primary election against dollar raining Atiku and kwankwaso. The wranglings today started when he won’t agree with the location of venue for primary election in Abuja. Apparently, he is dotted. He delivered all SW votes while Atiku and kwankwaso got majority of northern votes. Without Tinubu Buhari would have lost primary election.
Tinubu forced Atiku and kwankwaso to sign agreement to support whoever emerges winner against their intentions. He cris-crossed the length and breath of Nigeria during campaign even though practically ill, while majority of northern APC governors and supporters refused to join Buhari campaign train.
Tinubu assembled best brain from SW for Buhari campaign. He jettison his personal political ambition even when Buhari himself offered him the vice president slot and Buhari then vargued profusely that he prepares Tinubu and analysed the Abiola/Kingibe ticket of hope 93.
Tinubu knew as a politician you don’t fight all battles. When the heat of religious sentiments was seemingly condemning the collective duty to the people of the state; drew another card to balance the tide. Behold; Prof Yemi Osinbajo former Lagos Attorney General and respected religious figure surfaced. Tinubu groomed Fashola the best performing governor in Nigeria till date. He discovered Fayemi, Aregbesola, Amosun, Ajimobi and the likes who are making wave in governance.
Tinubu is courageous and patriotic. Ask me why? All his investment are in Nigeria and not overseas whatever your criticism may be.
Who says there is no morality in giving one man the credence of success of last election without a bloodshed. Ofcourse there is, except their was no credence at all. Bola Tinubu head-longed the curses, the blames, hues and cries, he suffered brutality and chastisement because he wont price our values and unity as a nation for oil-wells.
Yes, without his gallantry, political sophistry today, PMB, the president would have humbly relocated back to his farm in Daura like it happened in 2003; 2007; and 2011.
Now let me ask, who is that person that hate Tinubu’ s political influence in the APC?
The political jobbers. The party vultures and hyenas who want to reap where they did sow.
Where were they when Tinubu was using his resources to merge APC and financed everything including Buhari? How much did they contribute?
Then Tinubu is not a thief or corrupt but because elections are over; Tinubu is a devil, a thief, he looted Lagos dry, want to control Apc , he want to control National Assembly, he want to control Buhari, he want to do this or that.
As a Yoruba person; I believed every right thinking Westerners will not join in vilifying Tinubu politically. At best, we remain indebted to the courageous “Are ona kankafo”.
This vulture and hyenas politics did not start today: history has this predictable. Baba Adedibu, Awolowo, Adelabu Adegoke suffice.
In all the evil permutations against Asiwaju Bola Tinubu he remain a force, one big factor that unites the nation. He is unperturbed though highly unprecedented this is coming early, BAT magic wand is indomitable. The world his yet to see wand relishing its beauty as his critics will have to watch in dismay. History has been fair to him.
Writes From Lagos