Chairman Meets His Excellency By Lasisi Olagunju

“The dog and the baboon must truly be soaked in blood. Now, I agree. Can the ear ever be greater than the head? We have made this party so fertile that an okra tree is now scheming to be taller than the farmer?”

“You are speaking in proverbs today, my chairman. And, you are not smiling.”

“Your Excellency, I want to fight. Enough of this Lagos man’s insults. You have heard what he did again. The last time you asked me to let go. Remember I told you, rankadede, that this man won’t stop. Now, court cases are sprouting at night, everywhere. The man thinks he is the only eagle in this sky. What does he think he has which others don’t have? For the twenty years his monkey spent in the American bush struggling for unripe bananas, my dog had been in the city, calling the shots. I was a governor when this peacock was an ordinary, upstart senator…”

“My chairman, easy, easy. I read what he wrote and even know what you don’t. Look at me, why have I been calm in the face of provocations around me? Do I look like a fool? I’m Fulani. There is a practical reason Yorubas salute us as the fair snake that enters the town like an invalid. If you want to catch a monkey, you must play monkey. It is only a snail-man that captures a snail. Read my body language, don’t look at him; he is noise, pure noise. I am the one you are trading with in this market, ignore the noise of this space. Chief, don’t fight, at least, not now.”

“The frog thinks its bulging eyes can frighten my zebra away from drinking at the stream. I know he enjoys politics as fish enjoys water. But, will fish stay in water when it is hot? I will make this party hot for him.”

“Chairman, I have never seen you this angry. Just ignore him. With patience, the wise licks a whole pot of hot soup. You don’t paddle through the treacherous sea with fury. It will drown you.”

“Your Excellency, I’m sorry if I appear implacable. The man feels everyone must be his victim. Every bush rat describes itself big. You are big relative to the size of your farm. When a child’s entire horizon ends with his father’s farm, he is likely to boast, even to the king, that the royal farm isn’t as large as his father’s. This city of power is not this bat’s neck of wood where he is the main issue. It is true he did well at the beginning of this journey. But, no matter how helpful you have been to someone, if you are immodest in your demands, you lose all respects. This gentleman has lost me. In fact, he lost me a long time ago…”

“If you are this angry, what do you want me to do? Every fumbling bride who can’t dance in this party blames either my drum or even me, the drummer. With what I have seen sitting here on this rock, I can write a million-page book. I don’t know where the chief hunter contests the throne with the king. His duty is to hunt and kill for the palace kitchen. That is the meaning of his chieftaincy. There is a problem when the hunter grumbles that he has no seat in the royal dining room. That has happened repeatedly but I’m not bothered. What I do is that I always ensure his excess fingers are cut each time he touches my sleeves.”

“Gaskiya, Your Excellency. I hear he complains everyday that he was trashed so soon after the war. What exactly does he want? He has eaten so much that he is about throwing up. What again despite all he has been enjoying? Why would the best man want to share the bed chamber with the groom and the bride?”

“Sheege! What a wicked proverb. The bed chamber is not a place for any third force. It is a sacred grove for only the licensed…”

“ Hahaha…Your Excellency…”

“My chair. You see, the Fulani everywhere have a particular delicacy. In Burkina Faso, it is called chobbal. It is a carefully prepared blend of pounded millet and raw milk. Here, the name is different. It is sweet and cooling but you don’t take it while on the grazing field unless you are under a spell. If you succumb to the enemy’s spell and drink it, you lose your cattle to careless slumber. That is the way I view this issue. I don’t want a distraction from experts at distraction, no matter the bait. It is the fish which opens its mouth that gets caught by the fisherman’s hook. I am keeping my powder dry. Just fall behind me and watch as I use some people to practise what I learnt in military school.”

“Interesting. Old soldier never die….”

“Yes. Old soldiers don’t die, they’ll rather fade away. That is why you bloody civilians always lose to us. We allow you to underrate us.”

“Huh. I hope this man hears this direct from Your Excellency. He doesn’t appear to know his limits. He even wanted me sacked. Can you imagine that sir? What did I do wrong to have merited his sack schemes? If not for you, I would have come down, just like that. I am eternally grateful to you, Your Excellency.”

“Why are you thanking me? I did it for myself, and that was because I realized he is an antelope hunting a leopard.”

“The antelope does not stand a chance…”

“You think so? A Fulani wouldn’t agree with you. You’ve never heard the Antelope and Leopard story before? Why the leopard always kills the antelope?”

“No. That must be interesting…”

“Leopard once thought Antelope was a friend he could strike a deal with. They had a deal and one thing led to another and Leopard became indebted to Antelope. Then Antelope turned himself to a beautiful girl whose charm cast a spell on the big cat. She started making demands. First she demanded the fiery eyes of Leopard be removed because they were not romantic. She got them and then asked for the claws which she described as unpleasant and dreadful. She got those ones too, and finally asked her suitor to remove his ugly teeth if she would agree to his advances. Love-drunk Leopard removed his teeth and became utterly useless and dying. Then the maiden showed who she really was — the Antelope. But it was too late for the defeated Leopard. That is what our friend wanted to do. If you can’t face the Iroko in the forest, start by attacking its roots one by one. Very soon, it will fall. I am the target of all these moves and I know. And if they don’t back off, they will soon know what we mean by kare jini, biri jini…”

“Huh! The baboon and the dog will be soaked in blood.”

“Yes. Imagine a dog sauntering into a tiger’s bedroom.”

“That will be a bath in blood. But you have done so much for these people. What else can a man do for them to show gratitude?”

“You know General Obasanjo wrote about this in his book…”

“Which of his books? My Command or My Watch?”

“No. The one he wrote in prison.”

“Oh. This Animal Called Man.”

“Exactly. Obasanjo says in that book that ‘we must always brace ourselves for man’s ingratitude, indeed, man’s treachery…’ “

“He wrote that? But he is another problem that must be solved.”

“My chair, leave our boss o. He knows what he is doing and why he is doing it.”

“And there is this loud one from the north who attacks you everyday. He recently said he gave you a good book on economics and that you read only two pages…”

“That one. I don’t have his time. Must a man read all books? If I meet him, I will ask if he has ever read Winston Churchill’s views on books.”

“I will want to know that too.”

“Churchill said: ‘If you cannot read all your books, at any rate handle, or as it were, fondle them – peer into them, let them fall open where they will, read from the first sentence that arrests the eye, set them back on the shelves with your own hands, arrange them on your own plan so that if you do not know what is in them, you at least know where they are. Let them be your friends; let them at any rate be your acquaintances. If they cannot enter the circle of your life, do not deny them at least a nod of recognition.’”

“Interesting. But sir, this lion in Lagos is due for taming. We can’t go to the 2019 bed with this snake constricting our rafters.”

“Every snake has a charmer. What taming is more effective than keeping your enemy busy fetching rain water with a basket? He is doing that for us already and we won’t ask him to stop. There will always be work for his hand to do until we cross the river next year.”

“The wise bird knows a dead tree is not where to build a nest. It will soon become firewood for women. I suggest a plan B in case he breaks loose from our spell.”

“Every soldier has a Plan B; even a Plan C…”

“ Soldiers! And you were so jovial with him at the Kano wedding on Saturday. I was wondering how you managed to stand him.”

“Do you throw away the kitchen sponge after washing the dishes? You will need it after the next dinner party. Besides, it is an unwise father who turns his daughter’s wedding party to a night of owls. I saw his worth as a friend and I can guess his worth as an adversary. In the military, we were trained to always keep the enemy within the range of our weapons. In politics, every friend is a potential enemy, so what you need is short range. The targets here are smart, very mobile, never stationary. Politicians are very clever people; they know that as the range increases, the options available to you decreases too. So, they try to keep a safe distance, but you must keep them within the range of maximum damage. And that is short range. You can’t slap someone who is not close to you. I won’t fight and throw this one away. I call him my frenemy — Friend and enemy. I will continue to keep him under my armpit.”

“Great. Now what do I tell the press outside? They are waiting.”

“Ignore them. They are not our friends.”

AGF Accuses Buhari Of Using Tinubu As Political Tool To His Own Advantage

A socio-political group, the Asiwaju Grassroots Foundation has expressed concern and dissatisfaction with the way President Muhammadu Buhari is treating its Principal; Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu as a political tool to his own advantage.

This is contained in a statement made available to OsunDefender by the Foundation’s National Publicity Secretary; Comrade Adeboye Adebayo in Osogbo.

According to him, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu should be treated in a better way especially going by his immense contributions in enthroning Buhari’s government.

“Honestly, we are very concerned and sincerely worried as young people and upcoming politicians about the way President Muhammadu Buhari is relating with our Principal; Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu who contributed immensely to the enthronement of this government. Some weeks back after Baba Obasanjo wrote to President Buhari asking him not contest in 2019, our Principal and Baba Akande appeared suddenly for undisclosed discussions and today Asiwaju Tinubu has just been appointed to lead reconciliation efforts. This is a man that had been sidelined by the government he helped since 2015.”

AGF National Publicity Secretary, Comrade Adeboye Adebayo

He noted that Tinubu is more than a political tool in the hands of any President anywhere in the in the World as he himself is a Presidential material.

“It is very sad that after three years that the President has sidelined Tinubu and his ACN allies, after three years when Chief Oyegun has polarised the party like never before due to the actions or inactions of Mr. President, the president now deemed it fit to call him to lead the Reformation and reconciliatory efforts, is that a bait or an antics to use him and dump him again for the interest of Mr. President.”

Adebayo then urged President Buhari to genuinely change his deceitful attitude towards Asiwaju, saying that his style is not encouraging to upcoming politicians.

The AGF National Publiciry Secretary explained that “If Tinubu who sacrificed a lot to put this government in place can be treated like a commoner whom you can be using and dumping as political tools like this, what hope and encouragement signals are you sending to the youths.”

Buhari Asks Tinubu To Reconcile Aggrieved APC Members

President Muhammadu Buhari has saddled a national leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, with the responsibility of reconciling all aggrieved party members across the country.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, disclosed this in a two-paragraph statement made available to journalists on Tuesday.

The statement read, “As part of ongoing efforts to improve cohesion within the All Progressives Congress, President Muhammadu Buhari has designated Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu to lead the consultation, reconciliation and confidence building efforts.

 “The assignment will involve resolving disagreements among party members, party leadership and political office holders in some states of the Federation.”

The step, it is believed, is meant to put the party in better stead ahead of the governorship elections holding in Ekiti and Osun States this year as well as the 2019 general elections.

Prominent among the states where there are disagreements among APC leaders and political office holders are Kano, Oyo, Rivers, Kogi, Kaduna, Zamfara and Osun States among others.

In Kano, there is a disagreement between the state governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, and his predecessor, Rabiu Kwankwaso.

Ganduje was deputy to Kwankwaso who is now a Senator.

In Rivers State, there is also a disagreement between the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, and Senator Magnus Abe.

In Osun State, the governor, Rauf Aregbesola and the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yusuf Lasun, are also not in good terms.

Lasun is aspiring to become the state governor after Aregbesola whose tenure expires this year.

In Kaduna State, there is crisis between the state governor, Nasir El-Rufai and Senator Shehu Sani.

A similar scenario is playing out in Zamfara between the state governor, Abdulaziz Yari, and Senator Kabir Marafa.

Also in Kogi State, the state governor, Yahaya Bello, is at loggerheads with Senator Dino Melaye.

In Oyo State, there is a friction between the state governor, Abiola Ajimobi, and the Minister of Communications, Adebayo Shittu.

Shittu who is nursing a governorship ambition had petitioned the National Chairman of the APC, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun; and Tinubu, over what he described as the “unbecoming conduct” of the Governor.

In the petition dated December 18, 2017, a copy of which was obtained by our correspondent on Wednesday, the minister accused the governor of alleged high-handedness.

Support Buhari To Fix Nigeria’s Economic Problems – Tinubu Urges At Christmas

A national leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Ahmed Tinubu, has urged Nigerians to support President Muhammadu Buhari to fix Nigeria’s economic problems.

The APC leader made the call in a Christmas message he signed and circulated through his Media Officer, Tunde Rahman in Lagos.

He urged Nigerians to learn from the example of Jesus Christ “who faced and overcame the greatest evil” by uniting to overcome the country ’s various challenges.

“The challenges facing the country are difficult ones. Let us unite to overcome our challenges and keep the hope alive.

“We must support President Buhari and complement his efforts in his resolve to stimulate the economy and reposition the country.

“The president needs our support , understanding and prayers. We must fully break the terrorism of Boko Haram and completely put down the last vestiges of the terrorists.

“We must continue to pray for the men in uniform who risk their lives to keep us safe and to end this scourge on the nation. I commend our troops battling the terrorists . I thank them again for their courage and bravery.

“Let us remember those who have been dispossessed of their homes and traumatised by the evil of these terrorists and pray that they all will be able to return home soon and begin their lives a new and better.

“Yet, we must do more than pray . We all have something to give, something to contribute to the greater good . As Jesus gave of himself that we may live better, we must give of ourselves that others around us may have a better life.

“Christmas Day , is one of the most precious days of the year for it celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ.

“Be you Christian, Muslim or just a human being with a soul that yearns for peace, compassion and hope, Jesus Christ belongs to all of us . His teachings are universal in application and speak of truth eternal.

“He reached out to all. Jesus fed the poor and healed the sick. He spread compassion and charity and preached love and justice . There are no finer aims than these and we can do no better than to do all we can to follow his example.

“We must commit ourselves to peace and unity . Let us eschew all bitterness and bigotry ,” he said

No Automatic Ticket For Buhari In 2019 – Tinubu

The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, on Wednesday declared that the party would follow the normal democratic process in choosing its flagbearer in the 2019 Presidential Election.

He said the leadership of the party had not endorsed President Muhammadu Buhari as its sole candidate for the forthcoming presidential election.

His statement was against the recent endorsement of President Muhammadu as the sole candidate of the APC for the 2019 election by the APC governors.

Tinubu held a closed meeting with the leaders of the pan-Yoruba socio-cultural organisation, the Afenifere, at the residence of the leader of the organisation, Pa. Reuben Fasoranti in Akure, the Ondo State capital.

Tinubu, who was at the meeting with the Governor of Ondo State, Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu, his deputy, Mr. Agboola Ajayi and the Acting Chairman of the APC in the state, Mr. Ade Ademehin, said Buhari was a man who believed in normal democratic process and the rule of law.

Speaking with journalists after the meeting, he said, “No governors can appropriate the power of endorsement to themselves. Buhari is a believer in the process. The Buhari, I know, believes in the rule of law. We wanted him even before the last convention and primary of the party and Akeredolu is here standing with me, he was not the governor then. He was one of the leading delegates that voted properly and Buhari was a clear winner.

He added, “We followed all the constitutional provision and an individual or group’s opinion does not really matter at this stage, Buhari will want a normal process. Buhari that, I know, who says he will lose at any convention? But if the national body, the NEC (National Executive Committee) and all of us as members endorsed him as our single candidate, we will not be violating INEC regulations, we will not be violating our party constitution.

“What you are hearing is just a campaign by other people who might like to do so. Buhari has not excluded anybody, and he has not infringed on anybody’s ambition if there is. We can not be sycophantic about it.”

Osun APC, Oluwo Console Tinubu Over Son’s Death

The Osun State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress and the Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdul-Rasheed Adewale Akanbi, Telu I, have commiserated with All Progressives Congress (APC) Leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, over the loss of his son, Jide.

Osun APC described the news of Jide’s death as shocking.

In a statement by its spokesperson, Kunle Oyatomi, the party said: “The pain, the disbelief, the sense of tragic loss were palpable in our mood as the news broke. It was the worst piece of information nobody in his/her wildest imagination expected.

“All members of the APC in the state of Osun are in deep mourning over the death of the young man, who must have been a great pride to his parents, his family and Nigeria.

Albeit, this loss is not limited to the family of our National Leader. The whole country mourns Jide’s passing because the life of one of its brilliant young ones has been cut short in his prime. We are devastated.

“Although we mourn his death, we are resigned to the cruel fate because we know that it is not the end of life. Since Allah has allowed it, we cannot question it, for He knows best. However, our heartfelt sympathy goes to the Bola Ahmed Tinubu family. We emphatise with them over Jide’s passing, and pray that Allah gives them the strength to bear the loss.”

Meanwhile, in a condolence message by his media aide, Ibrahim Ali, the Oluwo advised Asiwaju Tinubu not to be depressed but to take solace in the support he receives from Nigerians at “this trying and unfortunate period”.

The monarch advised Tinubu to summon courage and take a cue from the trial of the late Premier of the Western Region, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, when he lost his son, Segun.

He said Awolowo was not deterred from serving the nation despite the death of his son.

Oluwo said Tinubu may be bereaved but he must not forget that he is a pillar to Nigeria that must be firm, irrespective of the weather.

Now That Baba Akande Has Spoken, By Dele Momodu


Fellow Nigerians, let me state categorically that the great fun is about to begin in our dear beloved country. Walahi. Chief Bisi “Baba” Akande controversially stirred the hornets nest today when he proclaimed the death knell of zoning so far as the South West is concerned.


In case you don’t know, Baba Akande is a former Deputy Governor of old Oyo State, former Governor of Osun State, former Interim Chairman of Alliance for Democracy, former Chairman of AC, former Interim Chairman of APC and much more, is one of the most respected and revered leaders in Nigeria today. He has worked hard to earn that uncommon reputation. If you want someone who can bring about a consensus where it seems strife is inevitable, then Baba Akande is your man. He is very honest and remarkably frank. He is also a man of fairness, justice and peace. Most people I know see him as an icon and treat him as one. He is seen as one of the few Yoruba leaders who has remained steadfast and loyal to the lofty ideals and heights of the late sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo. I have done this little introduction for the sake of our young ones who may not know how important and influential Baba Akande is.


When such a political colossus speaks, therefore, you must listen attentively to one of our most outstanding symbols. Yes, Baba Akande spoke two days ago and tremor reverberated across the nation. In fact, he said what many of us already knew was coming. I had written several times about it, more appropriately, against it. I’ve never hidden my disdain against the idea of zoning political appointments. Zoning and Federal character have both failed to cure the maladies that gave birth to them. They have mostly empowered and enriched some cliques and acolytes. Those policies could not have succeeded in any event because they fail to take account of the truism that merit cannot be sacrificed on the altar of expediency as the only result is doom.


My interpretation of Baba Akande’s salvo is that the alliance at the centre is about to collapse. The ruling party, APC, is about to splinter into many parts, unless a miracle happens very fast. A rebellion of monumental proportions is brewing even if it has not yet exploded into smithereens. I have no doubt in my mind that the cookie is about to crumble and the bubble is about to burst. Please, watch this space, and note more what Baba Akande has not said than what he said.


What Baba Akande has not said is simply that the days when the Presidency would be voluntarily zoned to exclude most sections of the country in favour of another section, whether the candidate presented and supported by the people is competent or useless, are over. The truth is zoning never worked anyway, as some Presidential candidates left their original parties for other parties in defiance of the zoning formula of their own party.


Without mincing words, it is obvious that the Yoruba leadership has decided it would no longer support other tribes, zones or regions to attain to power to the exclusion of their tribe. They would rather work hard, reach out, and join hands with like minds to get power.


Their decision is borne out of the acute frustration and disappointment that makes them feel cheated about the Nigerian configuration which does not throw up the best but regularly favours the dregs of society who have only contributed to drawing Nigeria backward, in most cases.


The campaign has probably started in earnest, culminating in the search for a Yoruba Presidency. Though the Governor of Ekiti State, Dr Peter Ayodele Fayose has controversially but ceremoniously thrown his hat into the ring, it is the fact that the capo di tutti capi, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, may be warming up for his turn to take a major shot at the race of his life that is most significant.
Mark my words. One of the greatest political strategists in Nigeria, Tinubu is tired of being a kingmaker and he would rather be the king. Indeed, that has always been his ambition but this has been largely curtailed by circumstances. Like many of those who supported Major General Muhammadu Buhari to attain power, after so many attempts, the former Senator and former Governor of Lagos State, feels he’s not gotten the respect and relevance he deserves for his monumental effort. Accordingly, he seems determined to make a personal push.


Apart from the virtues of Baba Akande that I have enumerated above, a lesser known one is his deep sense of loyalty. In thus regard he is known to he fiercely loyal to Asiwaju, who saw his sterling qualities and has promoted them on the national stage. When he spoke therefore, he was also wittingly or unwittingly acting as his friend’s voice and heralding Asiwaju’s aspiration to be top dog! The options that are likely to be pursued by Tinubu can be shortly and succinctly summarised.


BAT, as we love to call him, will contest as Presidential candidate. Clearly, such an audacious attempt would be in a party other than APC which going by recent events and noises, is likely to insist on fielding a miraculously rejuvenated President Buhari. This is obviously Asiwaju’s preferred move, but again the present dynamics and the dark clouds which hovers ominously over him may mean that he is better suited to hide behind another person as President.


Remember, age and health are going to be strong factors in the coming election and at 65 now, Tinubu is seen as having crossed the threshold.


The second option is to realise his limitations and pressurise APC into submission to the extent that he would have to be appeased and rewarded.


BAT’s former protégé and current Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo may be cajoled into stepping down for his political mentor. It is not known if President Buhari would agree to this fiasco, which would mean, not only a Muslim Muslim ticket but also one without the benefit and refreshing vigour of vibrant youth, out of desperation for a second term.


No matter what you think, these are not the easiest of times for APC. It is very clear that there are no easy options ahead with the number of hardened and resolute aspirants on parade, including the flighty former Vice President, Abubakar Atiku who seems on the way out of APC. Some are also suggesting an Atiku/Tinubu ticket but there won’t be much difference between that pair and that of Buhari/Tinubu on account of age and religion. This is why many feel Tinubu just wants to rattle Buhari to bring him to the negotiating table but I thing he’s very determined about being the president himself after helping a few African Presidents to power.


Sadly, it is not just about elections and ambitions, even the presidential team is rapidly falling apart. Everyone is fighting everybody and it is so disheartening and distressing! What we envisaged to be a change is fast becoming a mirage and turning out to be a riotous calamity!

Nigeria @57: Nigeria Cannot Give Up Its Unity – Tinubu

Senator Oluremi Tinubu has asked Nigerians to continue on the path of unity and eschew all tendencies to break up the country.

She said the country had set its hands on the plough and cannot give up now.

In a statement to commemorate Nigeria’s 57th independence, the Senator representing Lagos Central Senatorial District said in spite of the conflicts and rifts, including a 30-month civil war that had plagued Nigeria, the country elected to remain as one.

“We must continue on the path of oneness, putting national interests above ethnicity and self. We have set our hands on the plough; we cannot at this moment, give up. Thus, we must shun all attempts to cause disunity amongst us.

“Never again should we as a nation go through conflict like we did with the civil war. For us, the odds are too huge,” she added.

In the statement entitled “Nigeria @57: One People”, Senator Tinubu said: “I celebrate with Nigerians at home and in the Diaspora on the occasion of our Great Nation’s fifty seventh (57th) independence anniversary. This day fifty seven (57) years ago, we received liberation from colonial rule, deciding like other Nations that self-governance is the way forward.

“In the years since then, we have dabbled in military rule, unitary system and now, democratic governance. We have had seasons of plenty as marked by the oil boom, and we have experienced lean years. We have also been besieged with a civil war, ethnic conflicts, and rifts; and we have enjoyed relative peace as a nation.

“Through it all and in spite of these, we have remained united and indivisible, pressing on to the Nigeria of our dreams. And for this, I must commend every Nigerian.

We must however continue on the path of oneness, putting national interests above ethnicity and self. We have set our hands on the plough; we cannot at this moment, give up. Thus, we must shun all attempts to cause disunity amongst us. Never again should we as a nation go through conflict like we did with the civil war. For us, the odds are too huge.

“Thus, I wish all the good people of Lagos Central Senatorial District, Lagos State and all Nigerians a happy celebration”.


Seven Urgent Ways To Fix The Economy – Tinubu

Former Lagos Governor, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu was Principal Guest of Honour/Keynote Speaker at the 2017 Annual Dinner of the King’s College Old Boys’ Association (KCOBA) on Saturday, September 23rd, 2017 at King’s College, Lagos.

In the speech read on his behalf by one time Lagos Commissioner for Finance in Lagos, Mr  Olawale Edun, Tinubu among others offered ideas that may aid the urgent need for fixing the nation’s economy.

The seven suggestions by Tinubu are as follows:


Our current national economic model is but an old, crumbling house. Repairing this edifice is the greatest challenge confronting us.


We must press forward with a national industrial policy fostering development of strategic industries that create jobs as well as spur further economic growth. Whether we decide to focus attention on steel, textiles, cars, machinery components, or other items, we must focus on manufacturing things that Nigerians and the rest of the world value and want to buy.
We must partially reshape the market place to accomplish this. The federal government should institute a policy of tax credits, subsidies and insulate critical sectors from the negative impact of imports.


2. We need a national infrastructure plan. Roads, ports, bridges and railways need enhancing and new ones need to be built, the goal must be a coherently-planned and integrated infrastructural grid. A national economy cannot grow beyond the capacity of the infrastructure that serves it. Good infrastructure yields a prospering economy. Weak infrastructure relegates the economy to the poorhouse. Government must take the lead.

The focus on infrastructure has important corollary benefit. Federal expenditure for needed infrastructural spending h empirically proven in every place and in every era to boost recessionary economies and provide employment when sorely needed. Deficit spending in our own currency to advance this mission is neither a luxury nor a mistake. It is a fulcrum of and balanced and shared prosperity.

3. We must overcome the economic, political and bureaucratic bottlenecks preventing us from achieving reliable electrical power.

This is perhaps the single greatest impediment to economic advancement. The lack of power inflates costs, undercuts productivity, causing havoc to overall economic activity and job creation. Our economic situation is literally and figuratively in the dark.
The hurdles we face are not technical in nature.

We must convince those political and economic factors currently impeding our quest for reliable power to step aside that we may obtain this critical ingredient to economic vitality.

4. Modern economies are based on credit. However, credit for business investment is too costly in Nigeria.

The long-term economic strength of the nation is dependent on how we deploy now idle men, material and machines into productive endeavor. And this is highly dependent on the interest rate.

The CBN must cure its affection for high interest rates. Lower rates are required so our industrialists may borrow without fear that excessive costs of borrowing will consign them to irredeemable debt. The normal profit rates in most business sectors cannot support the burden imposed by current interest rates.

If our industrialists do not invest in more plant, equipment and jobs, the economy will stagnate. The banking system would have achieved its goal of low interest rates at the greater costs of economic growth. This is as misguided as trying to save a branch by chopping down the tree.

Consumer credit must be more accessible to the average person. The prevailing norm is for a person to purchase high -priced items such as a car in one lump sum. This is oppressive. It defeats the average person and constrains transactions in real estate, vehicles and appliances that could vitalize the economy.

5. The government-backed home mortgage system must be re-engineered.  Mortgage loan agencies must be better funded, and liberalize their eligibility requirements so that more people qualify. They need to provide longer-term mortgages with manageable interest rates. Government should provide the supporting guarantees to make such financing a reality.

By sparking the effective demand for housing, the overall economy is enhanced. The construction sector and the industries allied to it will surge.

Moreover, to the extent that a man has a house he calls his own, that man is content; his contentment and innate common sense will act as brakes against instability and reckless political conduct.

6. Also, a workable credit system lessens corruption. The current lump-sum payment requirement tempts people toward misconduct. They see no other way to secure such large sums. Their wages will not suffice. Thus, they either must steal the money, beg for it or forego the purchase. Having an accessible credit system that provides for periodic installment payments places a purchase within the reach of a person’s wages. They no longer have to equate being honest with doing without.

7. Agriculture remains the backbone of the nation. We must help the common farmer by improving rural output and incomes.  This is best done via ensuring minimum prices for crops strategic to food security. Here, we must revive an old practice and policy that served us well. Though effective, this policy was shunned because it conflicted with the free market totems that we were asked to erect against our own interests.
We must return to commodity exchange boards which will allow farmers to secure good prices and hedge against loss. An agricultural mortgage loan corporation should be inaugurated to further promote these goals.

Bola Tinubu Warns Against Military Coup

The National leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Bola Ahmed Tinubu warned the military against staging any coup.

Speaking on Monday in an address to the Lagos state house of assembly.

There have been rumours o a coup in recent times in the wake of President Muhammadu Buhari’s medical leave in London.

Tukur Buratai, a lt. gen. and chief of army staff, recently warned soldiers to stop “hobnobbing” with politicians.

Tinubu warned the military that “there is no place for them in Lagos and in the country”.

“We will not buy it. Lagos will resist it. Nigeria is hard to be broken. Many died to get this democracy and those who intend to break it are mistaken. Nigerians will not buy a coup now,” he said

Tinubu Bankrolls Air Freight Of Moji Olaiya’s Body

The former governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu today gave out the money needed to bring back to Nigeria the body of Nollywood actress, Moji Olaiya from Canada, where she died on Thursday morning.

Sources said Asiwaju stepped in today after Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State disappointed the family. He was approached on Sunday.

Moji was scheduled for burial last Friday in compliance with Islamic rites, but her burial was shelved at the last minute, with her 18-year-old daughter insisting her body be brought back to Nigeria and words that Fayose was going to help. But Fayose snubbed the family.

Tinubu today met with the family, along with Nollywood friends of Moji , said a source close to the Bourdillon home of the national leader of the All Progressives Congress.

“Moji’s daughter, Adunola was crying when they met Tinubu. The Jagaban was moved by the emotions and helped with all the money needed”, the source said.

Yomi Fabiyi, secretary of Theatre Arts and Movie Practitioners Association of Nigeria (TAMPAN) confirmed Asiwaju Tinubu’s assistance in a statement:

“The Committee after due deliberation consulted our father and a National Grand Patron of our association (TAMPAN) Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu on the 21st May, 2017 to inform him of the demise of our colleague Moji Olaiya and that our humble unanimous decision is to have her body back, then given befitting burial and have her 2 months old daughter reunited with the family.

Today, Monday 22nd May 2017 The Committee members, Adunola (Eldest daughter of Late Moji Olaiya)and two elder brothers of Late Moji Olaiya met with Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and he expressed his sympathy directly and gave adequate support that will cover the entire air-freight.

On behalf of the family, colleagues and friends we say a big thank you to the National Leader for his fatherly and timely intervention. Further support or assistance from other sources if received will be adequately acknowledged. For now, we are grateful to Asiwaju and his family.

The family and committee will, however, take it from there. Moreso, every other information relating the arrival and burial plans will be released shortly.”