Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu is a hypocrite, according to a Coalition of
Northern Groups, CNG, on Tuesday in a surprisingly relentless takedown
of a national leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.
The group described Tinubu as a man of double standards with regard to
his role in causing the present high political polarization in Nigeria
and the deterioration of trust in the current administration.
According to the CNG, the former governor of Lagos comment on “Let’s
work for growth, not separation” published in one of the dailies on
Monday, August 11, 2019 is the usual infant-like response to outright
political lie, distortion, exaggeration, misrepresentation, deception,
half-truth and overstatement, the self-acclaimed national leader of the
All Progressives Congress thinks he can fool the nation with.
“Tinubu’s concern for national growth was certainly missing at the
inception of this administration when he vehemently stood against the
formation of an inclusive government against the advice of the
leadership of the Northern Elders Forum for Buhari to appoint an Igbo as
Secretary to the federal government, said Abdul-Azeez Suleiman in a
“The comments by Tinubu only succeeded in further exposing hypocrisy and
obsession with double standards with regard to his role in causing the
present high political polarization in Nigeria and the deterioration of
trust in the current administration.
“Accustomed to the usual infant-like response to outright political lie,
distortion, exaggeration, misrepresentation, deception, half-truth and
overstatement, the self-acclaimed national leader of the All
Progressives Congress thinks he can fool the nation with that caper on
“While we do not envy the Asiwaju his privilege to believe he can push
his ambition for the presidency at all cost, we nevertheless find it
ridiculous that he still thinks he can can get away with this latest rap
on national growth after having stood against it for quite long.”
“As we join the general uproar and condemnation that trailed the
statement by Tinubu, he should explain the absence of his sense of
cohesion when, in 2015, the Oba of Lagos, whose affinity to Tinubu is no
secret, ordered that all Igbos must vote Tinubu’s APC or leave the
CNG said they were aware that Tinubu solely misled President Buhari
against that patriotic advice by insisting that the Igbo did not vote
him and that it was not safe for another Igbo to succeed the office
which was immediately vacated by a kinsman.
“He made the President appoint his stooge, Babachir Lawal who turned out
to be a national disgrace. This much was confirmed by Lawal himself when
he said he owed his appointment to Tinubu and to some extent, Bisi
Akande. And after the scandalous fall of Lawal, Tinubu again prevailed
against an Igbo successor and imposed another stooge, Boss Mustapha.
“Tinubu should explain where his conscience for nationhood was during
the February 2019 elections when after disenfranchising the Igbo
community in Lagos, militant OPC youth backed by leaders of the South
West violently attacked Igbo communities and their businesses.
“Where was Tinubu’s sense of patriotism when his tootelage Omoyele
Sowore recently masterminded and actually called for a violent protest
with the ultimate aim of overthrowing a democratically elected
government in which he, Tinubu is singularly the major beneficiary? “How
does Tinubu explain his conspiratorial silence when Sole Soyinka, Falana
and other rabble-rousers on his payroll openly supported and backed the
masterminded of the overthrow attempt?
“We task Tinubu to justify his claim to nationalism and growth against
the four-year protracted war he waged against Bukola Saraki and Amaechi
simply because the opposed the emergence of a Muslim-Muslim ticket in
the buildup to the 2015 elections.”
“He should explain his democratic claim and desire for growth in
relation to his unilateral insistence on denying a sitting Governor
Ambode of Lagos state the right to seek reelection in 2019. This he did
despite personal efforts by President Buhari to show that Ambode was a
performing hardworking governor. The President even sent a committee of
seven governors picked across states to persuade Tinubu’s but he stood
his ground merely for his personal interest,” said the northern groups.