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Vox Populi Vox Dei: Tinubu’s troubled ship

By Ayo Omotunde
11 February 2023   |   4:12 am
Many Nigerians are beginning to agree with Hajia Naja’atu Muhammad, who had accused the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, of being physically and mentally unfit to govern Nigeria.

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Many Nigerians are beginning to agree with Hajia Naja’atu Muhammad, who had accused the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, of being physically and mentally unfit to govern Nigeria.

Naja’atu was a former APC chieftain who recently resigned from her position as Director of Civil Society Engagement in the APC Presidential Campaign Council (PCC), on the grounds that she could no longer serve national interests in clear conscience. She simply did not see herself continually supporting Tinubu’s presidential bid given his fitness level.

According to her, the former Lagos Governor might be battling severe dementia. This, she said has become evident with Tinubu’s memory loss and which has resulted in his loss of the ability to carry on a conversation and respond to the environment.

These frightening claims by Naja’atu against Tinubu appeared to be validated on Wednesday, January 25, 2023, when Tinubu stormed MKO Abiola stadium in Abeokuta, Ogun State and said fuel scarcity in the country and the decision of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to redesign the N200, N500 and 1,000 banknotes were contrived to sabotage his campaign.

In making the claims, Tinubu outrightly forgot that President Muhammadu Buhari doubles as the substantive Minister of Petroleum Resources and that Godwin Emefiele is Buhari’s appointee to the governorship of the Central Bank of Nigeria. He also forgot that Buhari is a member, and indeed, the leader of APC, a party which he (Tinubu) is a member and flying its ticket as a presidential standard bearer.

Tinubu seem to have also lost touch with the reality that he is no longer in the opposition and that his party seized to be in the opposition since 2015, almost 8 years ago when Buhari was given the mandate as a democratically elected President.

Using a hostile and aggressive tone, Tinubu, who was visibly lacking emotional intelligence, told a gathering of APC members and supporters at the party’s presidential campaign rally in Abeokuta, subconsciously, that his own party was set out to deny him victory at the February 25 presidential election.

In an uncertain reference to those he referred to as “the powers that be”, Tinubu wondered why the fuel scarcity, which began in October 2022, had not abated. And to the chagrin of his followers and APC supporters, the APC candidate vowed that his supporters would use their PVCs to “chase them out of power next month”.

Obviously, he had forgotten that he was referring to the party whose flag he is flying.

Meanwhile, a swift reaction to Tinubu’s tirades, the presidential candidate of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, alleged that the APC candidate was frustrated by his inability to stop the cashless policy and currency redesign of the CBN. Atiku said the monetary policies would curb vote buying and enhance the credibility of February’s election, claiming Tinubu has begun crying over his imminent defeat due to frustration of his strongest strategies.

Many pundits are still bewildered that a man who claimed to have single-handedly made Buhari president is now running from pillar to post all in a bid to save what is left of his collapsed campaign and a lifetime ambition of becoming President.

Similarly, presidential candidate of the African Democratic Congress (ADC), Dumebi Kachikwu, equally called out the Presidential Candidate of the ruling APC (Tinubu) to excuse himself from the presidential race.

Kachikwu said old age is a gift any living being would love to experience, however, where there is a challenge with the presence of the mind at all times it becomes an issue, particularly where the person is expected to handle a nation as complex as Nigeria.

“There is nothing wrong with being old or sick as we will all get old someday. We also all get sick at some point or the other. I have a problem with a candidate with significant cognitive disabilities embarrassing my nation and making a mockery of the entire political process”, Kachikwu said.

He pointed out that Nigeria faces the same fate it was plunged into at the beginning of the APC administration where the ill health of the President affected governance.

His words: “We are in this mess because we don’t question anything as a people. We are apathetic to politics and governance. We fail to see the connection between government, governance and our lives because the Nigerian government has merely existed in name of the Nigerian people for too long.

“I believe that President Buhari had some good intentions in mind when he ran for office, but alas when his health failed, his government also failed.
“Today, the same APC that failed the Nigerian people monumentally with a sick president has presented another sick candidate to the Nigerian people”, Kachikwu added.

The ADC Presidential candidate further said, “There is too much at stake in this election for Nigeria and Nigerians. An INEC that willfully disobeys court orders has already rigged the elections. Nigeria can’t afford another heartbreak.”

Omotunde writes from Ibadan