…Calls for Security Checks
The Save Nigeria Movement, a pro-democracy group and think tank has observed with dismay the arrogant and boastful disposition of the National Leader of the APC and presidential candidate for the 2023 general election.
In a press release signed and made available to journalists in Abuja at the Charity House by Convener of the group Rev. Solomon Semaka, the group insisted that recent comments attributed to self-styled National leader of APC Tinubu smack of desperation and pose a great threat to our nascent democracy as well as the cohesion of the APC as a party. It also threatens the unity of the country should Tinubu have his way to the presidency.
“Tinubu’s desperation is getting out of hand. Barely three months ago during his nationwide consultations, he was quoted to have said he was willing to get dirty to become president of Nigeria. Tinubu insist he was out to achieve his lifelong ambition to rule Nigeria. Recently he has been pointing accusing fingers at law-abiding citizens and calling them betrayers because they chose to follow their minds or aspire for the same position. This is unhealthy for democracy”, the statement insisted.
His spurious claims of making Buhari president and insisting that the presidency must be zoned to the Yoruba ethnic group and must be given to him at all cost is not only unpatriotic but treasonable as Nigeria is nobody’s estate to be so traded.
Mr. Tinubu’s rants about who should be the next president are immoral except he is threatening Nigerians with bloodshed should he not be voted into power. In as much as he has every constitutional right to vote and be voted for, it is dangerous for a presidential candidate to make such wild claims. Does he plan to break Nigeria if he does not get the APC ticket? Will Nigerians be safe if he wins, since everyone is a betrayer? Could Tinubu be trusted with the security of Nigeria and Nigerians?”, the group queried.
The group warned that Bola Tinubu who is used to doing his wish in Lagos for decades should understand that Nigeria is not Lagos and he cannot expect people to catch a cold when he coughs as Lagosians do. The humiliation former governor Ambode suffered in his hands is enough to make Nigerians wary of his leadership style which is characterized by arm twisting and bullying.
“Tinubu must know that his gentleman agreement with Buhari (if any) is not binding on Nigerians. His outbursts betray any iota of trust left with him. He must stop seeing Nigeria with the eyes with which he saw Lagos and plundered it. The years of impunity are over and the people’s voice must be heard above all the deafening noise of bullies”, the statement added.
The CSO equally challenged Tinubu to explain how he got the money he has been bragging he used in sponsoring almost everybody he claims to have established in politics. Tinubu has enjoyed his fair share of political privileges and patronage deserving of his service and should not act as if he is an emperor with absolute powers from beyond with which he can make and destroy.
“A tree does not make a forest. While Tinubu has been instrumental to leadership change in the last couple of years, he has equally enjoyed political goodwill in the appointments of his associates among which are Rauf Aregbesola Sunday Dare, Babatunde Fashola, Tunde Fowler, and many more. Tinubu can’t have singlehandedly made Buhari President and Osibanjo Vice President so he should stop boasting”, the group countered.
Why calling on security agencies to invite and question Tinubu over his unpatriotic comments, the CSO called on all Nigerians to roundly reject the candidature of Tinubu as he has shown himself to be vindictive in his utterances and precedents, insisting that somebody who is this desperate can bring anybody who did not support him down and use his office to settle personal scores.
“Security agencies have a huge task to contain the time bomb by inviting Tinubu to extract certain commitments in the interest of the nation.” His desperation portends imminent danger for all of us.