President Muhammadu Buhari and Ahmed Bola Tinubu
Ahmed Bola Tinubu is arguably the self-proclaimed chief of the Yoruba in Nigerian politics. It couldn’t be extra apparent than in the course of the 2015 presidential election when he acquired many Yoruba to vote for President Muhammadu Buhari. Buhari so actually worshipped him that had Tinubu sneezed, Buhari would have simply caught chilly.
However as soon as Buhari turned president, the humiliation and side-lining of Tinubu started. The Home speaker place Tinubu reserved for one among his political godsons, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, was misplaced to Yakubu Dogara. The Senate president submit he reserved for Ahmed Lawan went to Bukola Saraki.
However there was nothing extra humiliating than Buhari merging three highly effective ministries — housing, works and energy — and assigning them to Tunde Fashola, who in 2015 all of the sudden turned Tinubu’s worst enemy to the extent of each publicly throwing mud at one another. Actually, nothing was extra humiliating to Tinubu than Buhari utilizing Fashola to spite him.
One other unbelievable humiliation that Tinubu needed to abdomen got here because of the sudden demise of Prince Abubakar Audu and INEC declaring the Kogi governorship election inconclusive. As an alternative of Hon. James Abiodun Faleke, Tinubu’s political godson, Yahaya Bello, who was solely second in APC’s primaries, was picked to exchange the late Audu. Tinubu made a whole lot of threats however appeared completely ignored by Buhari.
The subsequent was the Ondo APC governorship primaries the place Tinubu’s candidate, Segun Abraham, misplaced to Rotimi Akeredolu who was Abuja’s most popular candidate.
These coups have been rigorously deliberate and focused at dismantling Tinubu’s southwest energy bloc with the objective of positioning Tunde Fashola and Kayode Fayemi to switch him as the favored ‘southwest Buhari boys’.
Having been so humiliated, Tinubu started to publicly criticize the Buhari administration to the extent of regretting supporting him in 2015. And, by early 2017, he publicly accused Buhari of mismanaging the financial system. He stated, “You have to spend yourself out of this recession and you cannot do that by consistently stifling the banks of liquidity…Yes, Buhari inherited an economy in peril but his actions thereafter worsened liquidity crisis and deepened a haemorrhaging credit crunch.”
Additionally unable to regulate her anger, Tinubu’s spouse Senator Remi Tinubu began protesting her husband’s infinite humiliation by the identical Buhari whom he had helped to turn out to be president. Each husband and spouse’s protests have been utterly ignored by Buhari.
Whilst lately because the Ekiti governorship election, APC candidate Kayode Fayemi insultingly informed Tinubu to thoughts his enterprise and by no means intrude. So humiliated, Tinubu quietly stayed away and was solely allowed to return to marketing campaign for Fayemi on the latter’s phrases.
Tinubu was not concerned within the deal that received Senator Iyiola Omisore of the SDP to again the APC governorship candidate for the Osun governorship election.
The most important kick within the tooth was when John Odigie-Oyegun, APC nationwide chairman who was Tinubu’s ally, started to distance himself from him whereas brazenly realigning with Buhari. With Tinubu so encircled, he remained the nationwide chief of APC solely in identify.
However cry not for Tinubu for he introduced the humiliations to himself. Being politically so grasping, Tinubu needed all authorities positions decided by him alone. In addition to the VP place he gave to Osinbajo and the FIRS chairmanship place to Babatunde Fowler, former Lagos State Board of Inner Income government chairman, Tinubu additionally needed to regulate the management of the Nationwide Meeting together with ministers from virtually all of the 36 states. Even the EFCC chairman, Ibrahim Magu, was handpicked by Tinubu, utilizing the vice chairman. And with Saraki’s Senate refusing to verify Magu, he has unbelievably remained appearing chairman since then.
However because the 2019 presidential election approached, Buhari as soon as once more wanted Tinubu. He additionally knew the right way to catch Tinubu to undergo his political manoeuvring. First, conscious how Wale Tinubu’s Oando was in serious trouble for having inflated the values of Oando’s shares, Buhari reached out to Tinubu at a time his youthful brother was being questioned by officers of the Securities and Change Fee. Second, Tinubu was invited to fly with Buhari to London. And through this lengthy journey, as a army tactician, Buhari knowledgeable Tinubu of his readiness handy over energy to him come 2023. It’s on the idea of this false promise that Tinubu turned so uncontrollable in Buhari’s re-election venture to the extent of sacrificing the Afenifere and the general Yoruba and nationwide pursuits. Within the meantime, Tunde Fashola was strategically requested to maintain silent and probably keep out of political circulation. This manner, he would by no means make the error of bumping into Asiwaju Tinubu till the 2019 elections are over.
When Tinubu demanded the removing of John Odigie-Oyegun because the APC nationwide chairman and his alternative with Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, Tinubu’s political hangman, it was shortly granted. One other however failed request of Tinubu was the insistence on the humiliation and removing of Bukola Saraki because the Senate president.
Now in full management of APC, Tinubu and Oshiomhole ensured that they took the battle to the enemy governors, together with the chairman of APC Governors’ Discussion board, Imo State governor Rochas Okorocha; Ogun State governor Ibikunle Amosun; Zamfara State governor Abdulaziz Yari, Governor Akinwumi Ambode of Lagos, and lots of enemy senators. With this the duo had since set the APC on hearth.
Tinubu’s lack of political sophistication can’t be extra apparent. It’s because a seasoned politician would have recognized Buhari’s 2019 re-election recreation. Or does Tinubu must be reminded the sort of disdain Buhari has for him, particularly given how Tinubu turned Lagos State into a private empire?
Unbelievably, how might Tinubu in all his political calculations assume that Buhari would ever permit a Tinubu, a Muslim southerner, to grow to be his successor, and a northern Christian turning into his operating mate? Unknown to Tinubu, Buhari’s most popular successor must be Gov. Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State who might probably be paired with both Mallam Muhammed Bello (minister of FCT) or Engr. Suleiman Adamu (water assets minister and Buhari’s nephew).
So far as Buhari is worried, how might Tinubu, whose Alpha Beta has been amassing tax income on behalf of Lagos authorities and retaining as excessive as 10%, anticipate Buhari to permit him to turn into Nigeria’s president and probably usher in the identical Alpha Beta to be accumulating tax for the entire nation and retaining 10%? Or the identical Tinubu whose spouse is a senator, whose daughter is the president-general of a market ladies’s union even when she just isn’t a market lady, and whose son-in-law is a strong member of the Home of Representatives?
If Tinubu have been politically refined, he would have recognized that Buhari’s political destiny has since been determined by the nation’s strongest military generals — Olusegun Obasanjo, Ibrahim Babangida, Abdulsalami Abubakar, TY Danjuma, and Aliyu Gusau. Had Tinubu been honest to himself, he would have recognized that it might be simpler for a camel to move by means of the attention of a needle than Buhari to win the 2019 presidential election, particularly given how world powers such the US, the UK, EU, Canada, Saudi Arabia, Iran, and so forth., have all agreed that Buhari should go in order that peace, unity and financial prosperity might return to Nigeria.
If I have been Tinubu, this might have been probably the most applicable time to settle scores with Buhari. There wouldn’t have been a greater time to revive the previous friendship with Atiku, the subsequent president. Even when Tinubu doesn’t really feel like publicly supporting Atiku, it will have been politically clever for him to maintain quiet somewhat than cry greater than Buhari the bereaved, as he did just lately.
Who was Tinubu making an attempt to impress together with his current vulgar language? Wasn’t it merely exposing his quick-to-anger character, his self-centeredness and his self-praise? A person controlling his type of regional political energy bloc shouldn’t have been this undiplomatic in language. Or is Tinubu telling us that when one lived in a ghetto one might have left the ghetto with out the ghetto leaving one? “Self-discipline,” Elbert Hubbard rightly stated, “is the ability to do what you should do, when you should do it, whether you feel like it or not.” This essential management character trait appears to be utterly missing in Ahmed Tinubu. He was lately caught on digital camera bitter and shouting, as he informed Governor Ambode, “You don’t dare talk when I am talking! Because I have spoiled you (by making you governor), you now talk when I am talking.” Did Tinubu fail to acknowledge that he ought to have revered, not essentially Ambode because the chief government and the number-one citizen of Lagos State however the workplace of the governor of Lagos which Ambode occupies and Tinubu as soon as occupied himself?
One other Tinubu’s current outburst is the place he publicly stated, “We don’t fear, whether he (Atiku) is meeting in the jungle, in Dubai or in Abu Dhabi…but we are not going back to the illusion of the PDP…We can’t go back to the pit that we inherited for 16 years. They can strategize from anywhere, but a leopard cannot change its skin.” This solely exhibits Tinubu’s tactlessness. It additionally portrays his political naiveté and his endlessly dwelling within the idiot’s world. Think about believing that Buhari will hand over to him in 2023 ought to he ever win!
I assumed Tinubu, as Atiku’s previous good friend, would have imbibed some management qualities from him: his calmness, friendliness, generosity and tolerance; notably his likeability among the many Nigeria youths whom he’s all the time interacting with on social media and at social occasions. Additionally, didn’t he study Atiku’s humility and bridge-building capacity amongst political allies and throughout ethnic and non secular divide? Did he not grasp Atiku’s high quality of being a trusted deal-maker with distinctive love for the poor, whom he helps by way of many foundations and social causes?
You Tinubu are too imperial and withdrawn, all the time calculating what you’ll be able to take out of the system. In consequence, you aren’t seen to be a nationalist however a regional chief. In fact, it isn’t too late so that you can abandon the APC ship, which Buhari is about to sink.
Enwegbara, a improvement economist, writes from Abuja.
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