Asiwaju Tinubu, Nigeria’s greatest living political legendary by DR. DARE OWO
THE GREATEST LIVING POLITICIAN & STRATEGIST.
It is even true and stale that Politicians, friends and even ‘foes’ invokes his name – TINUBU – for political advantage, appointments, contracts and personal glory.
*Asiwaju Tinubu’s ‘support’ for former “Ijaw” President Goodluck Jonathan (2011) against former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari, as well as the support given a “Fulani” Muhammadu Buhari (2015) against the Jonathan-led government has been adjudged as KEY factors in the ‘Two-fold’ Presidential Electoral WINS against each other in Africa’s biggest economy and oil producer!
Gen. Muhammadu BUHARI at the 7th Annual Bola Ahmed Tinubu Colloquium with the theme “Change: How it will work” confirmed this essential truth:
“…. Tinubu and others had shown exemplary leadership which is responsible for the success now credited to the party. Nigerians never thought the ‘merger’ was possible and rightly so, given the political history of the country. But this “Merger”, if there are two people responsible for it, they are Tinubu and Akande. They did it because their Constituencies believe in them.
WHO IS YORUBA Leader?
Governor Sule Lamido of Jigawa, as Northwest Coordinator of the PDP 2015 Presidential Campaign Organization once proffered answer when he posits:
“… If the Yoruba vote for Buhari because their Son is the National Leader of the Southwest, then it will prove that Asiwaju Bola Tinubu is the Undisputed Leader of the Yoruba. This is because his people have spoken and therefore hearkened to Tinubu’s directives.”
*In 2015 Elections, not only did Buhari won, the Asiwaju-led Southwest Delivered 4.3million votes, which constitutes 16%!
Justifiably, this triumph has transposed Asiwaju Tinubu to a new pedestal; a well-deserved title: “Asaaju of the Yoruba controlled region” – having rallied it once again into the “Progressives fold, just like Chief Awo did in First Republic, but beyond and more important is:
Re-launching the Yorubas to the mainstream. The Yoruba Nation – of course – has already gained from this:
▫️With a “National Leadership” in Tinubu, a solid ‘power-base’ is now more promising; shielding political predators from other zones in isolating the Yoruba nation, or picking them up in bits and pieces to build their own power base;
▫️With Prof. Yemi Osinbajo (SAN) – who married from Chief Awolowo’s clan – as “Vice-President”, there is already an established ‘Synergy’ of response and action to issues on the national sphere, and
▫️With established commissions like Developmental Agenda for Western Nigeria (DAWN), an initiate of Tinubu, which can now function effectively within a prevalent, but an all-inclusive Yoruba land, soon, these progresses would harness different endowments of Southwest.
Sure, the template of politics has changed in Nigeria and political space would continue to evolve and Advance with the Southwest stock not being left behind – any longer.
Confirming the above, Segun Akinbulu, President of Southwest Professional Forum (SOWPROF) once sums it thus:
“… In the campaign of making the Southwest a “role model”, we commend the efforts of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed. We urge him not to relent in his efforts to unite the Southwest for the overall interest of Nigeria. One reason why he can lay credence to being a ‘true democrat’ is his salutory efforts to redifine the concept of party politics in the effervescent terrain called Nigeria.
From the Alliance for Democracy (AD) through the Action Congress (AC) to Action Congree of Nigeria (ACN) and now, the game changer tagged All Progressive Congress (APC), his rare managerial acumen of men and materials all come to the fore.”
Acknowledging Asiwaju Tinubu dexterity, the revered Chief Ebenezer Babatope once sums it thus:
“… Bola is one phenomenon you cannot ignore. You have to know that Bola Tinubu exists politically and you must concede to him that he has been correct in his analysis – That they are now in POWER, he did a lot to actualize it… If the APC destroys him, the APC will eventually destroy itself. That’s all.
This perhaps explains why Chief Ayo FASANMI once proudly declared to the effect that “… Whenever I meet Chief Awolowo, I will give him the news that the ‘DREAM’ of a ‘United Nigeria’ under a ‘Progressive Party’ has come to pass.” – Chief Fasanmi (99 years of age) is an Awoist & First Republic Senator.
[Of] NATIONALIST AGGITATIONS.
Before now, Tinubu has achieved a positive apotheosis of political “Art” as he is vaulted onto the National stage by some benevolent destiny. After all, right standing with God cannot be merited; it is a gift from Him based on His unmerited favor. Tinubu once puts it:
“… I am a Nigerian who loves his country and am hopeful about what it can become. I have seen and conducted myself as a Patriot long before I thought of myself as a politician. I shall always walk this line and no other. After all the political calculations are made and the dust of competition has settled, it must be this NATION and its PEOPLE who stand first and foremost. The question becomes whether we stand strong, able to shape ourselves into our best future or will we stand frail and trembling, burdened by the abject failure to surmount the multiple problems confronting us. It’s against this backdrop that I assess any action I take.”
[Of] Two Party System.
In an Era when most politicians lacked the pluck to take the plunge, Tinubu, singularly, is responsible for preventing the creation of a “One-party State” – and thus salvaging Nigeria’s DEMOCRACY from dictatorial Inclinations. I dare say no other politician can boast of such progressive achievement.
HE once bore his mind on this:
“… We should work for the legislation that can bring about a Two-party system. This arena or channel of political prostitution must be closed, because political parties are not like cars or houses that people own. Politics is all about intrigues and winning power, just as those in power would want to retain it, using infiltration of your ranks and thwarting your efforts. That is how the Conservatives, particularly the likes of Obasanjo, weakened the Oppositions, starting with his appointment of other parties Chairmen into his cabinet.”
[Of] ELECTORAL REFORMS
Tinubu it was who “Revolutionalized; blowing-up the age-old Political Culture of Nigeria politics via” Electoral Reforms” – and thereby institutionalizing the ‘first-ever’ “Electoral FORENSIC Reform in the World.
It is indeed rare to find so much affluence, charm and fame combined in a singular frame.
As a pro-democracy leader, Asiwaju Tinubu has always fought for the country and the down-trodden. And after an engaging and impact-filled political career spanning over 2 Decades, it is only reasonably expected that Nigerians would seek to “TAP” from the repository wisdom of knowledge, commitment, zeal, focus, and “HUMANE” disposition of a dogged combatant: The ‘Apamaku’ of Nigeria Politics.
I make no swank about this… but in spite of any weaknesses in his personality, his untiring roles as an advocate of True Federalism and Democracy; his Philanthropy demeanor and uncompromising stance with the Masses are all great attributes to the cause of Humanity and Justice – and in Glory of God.
But need Asiwaju wait for any “Coronation?
Ha, long before now, the title ‘Yoruba Leader’ was already conferred on him, going by his tireless leadership and accomplishments and, in some, tributes. The Yorubas – of course – have come to rate him NEXT to their Prophetic leader, Awolowo.
Engr. Ayo Fatola in “Evolution and Revolution in 2015 Presidential Poll” sums it:
“… Tinubu has proved to all and sundry that LEADERSHIP is not just about “position”, but about “disposition” to providing direction.”
*Arguably, the Yoruba nation might have changed radically in the 21st Century, but little or nothing has changed in the people’s “psyche’s zero tolerance for TREACHERY, especially when the victim is perceived right and just.
Besides, the Yoruba people knew how to seperate politics from “Triviality”.
“… Drawing a parallel between existing Yoruba gods and an honest appraisal of the” Tinubu Myth” or personae, he replicates Esu, the deity who lurks around; the necessary Evil. Besides, in Yoruba land, a part of the Food offered any god as ‘sacrifice’ must be ‘seperated’ and dedicated to Esu! This mirrors Tinubu’s role in contemporary Nigeria Politics. He is the ‘indispensible’ part of the “Jigsaw Puzzling” that must fit!
As Political ‘Deity’, Asiwaju has been the ‘main issue’ in Nigeria polity in the last ‘Two Decades’ – and the main political question has always been “whether you are with ‘JAGABAN or against him.”
So, we ask you:
Are you with him or against? We shall leave the answer to your conscience.