Former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir David Lawal, has blasted the national leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, over comments that he brought President Muhammdu Buhari out of political retirement and assisted him in emerging Nigeria’s President in 2015.
Tinubu, while addressing the Ogun State APC delegates at the Presidential Lodge, Abeokuta, Thursday, said: “If not me that led the war front, Buhari would not have emerged. He contested first, second and third times but lost. He even said on television that he would not contest again.
“But I went to his home in Katsina. I told him you would contest and win, but ‘you would not joke with Yoruba matters.
“Since he has emerged, I have not been appointed minister. I didn’t get a contract.
“This time, it’s the Yoruba’s turn, and in Yorubaland, it’s my tenure.”
In reaction, Lawan described Tinubu’s statement as ‘bulshit’. He stated that Tinubu was not the only person who supported Buhari’s ambition, stressing many others supported Buhari and never bragged about it.
He said: “Sometimes it is challenging to support a Yoruba person in national politics if you are not one.
“They have a way of making you regret your support because they eventually make you seem like a traitor to your people. All these comments about Bola’s Yoruba presidency and his support of Buhari, without which Buhari would not have been president, are bulshit.
“He wasn’t the only one whose support made a difference. There were many others from all around the country, and they were not bragging about it.
“You may wish to know that all of us Buhari supporters are shocked and pissed off by Bola’s speech on this occasion. It is unlike him.
“And this speech is massively trending in the North and being given a negative connotation as you can well imagine. I first read it this morning on an Adamawa group platform, and the anger is palpable.
“You would think Yorubas will resist the temptation of joining in the northerners-bashing game at this very critical time – the primary election is only three days away. Unfortunately, Bola himself chose to participate in this bashing game – choosing to speak in the Yoruba language and Yoruba landin a manner that seems to denigrate Buhari. I could vividly imagine the discomfort of all the northerners sitting beside him on that podium.
“This appears to be the Abiola saga being replayed. Abiola won the election with a majority of Northern votes, but they took the brunt of the post-election protests that followed.
“Just survey all the people doing more meaningful practical things to enthroned Bola as president, and you will find that almost all are northerners while his kinsmen engage themselves in social media activism and Northern bashing.
“When Yorubas vilify the North like this, our sense of fear and insecurity under a Yoruba presidency gets heightened and, in the end, pushes us torethink our support for not only Bola but any Yoruba as president for that matter.
“Please, do not join our opponents to destroy our chances of clinching Monday’s primary elections.”