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General News of Friday, 17 June 2022


Reno Omokri apologises to Tinubu for mocking him over health status

National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu

Reno Omokri, a former senior special adviser to former President Goodluck Jonathan has apologized to the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Bola Ahmed Tinubu for mocking him over his health.

He made this known on his Instagram page while advising Nigerians to focus on the issues rather than cheap politics of insults.

The electoral temperature is nearing boiling point as both leading parties have elected their presidential candidates. While the ruling APC is yet to settle on a vice president, Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa has emerged as the running mate to former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar.

“I have been guilty of using Bola Tinubu’s health status against him and I have come to realise that if we do not die early, we will all age and may suffer ill health,” he wrote.

“Therefore, I profoundly apologise to Mr. Tinubu and his supporters. Even though it may seem that the health of a candidate is a serious issue, I nevertheless promise to focus on other issues besides his health henceforth. May God bless you all.

“Atiku, Tinubu, and Obi have been friendly with each other for upwards of 20 years.

“So, you and I should support anyone other them without being unfriendly to each other.

“I will campaign for my candidate, but won’t force him on you. Please do likewise with me! This election will come and go.

“But Nigeria will remain, and God sparing our lives, we will also remain. No insults, no threats, no slander.”

Omokri's comment comes after he took a swipe at Tinubu after the latter traveled to London in January.

Four months before, Tinubu returned to Nigeria from a three-month medical trip to the UK where he was said to have undergone knee surgery and “rigorous post-surgery physiotherapy”.

There were speculations over Tinubu’s health status when he travelled to London in January, but sources close to the former Lagos governor had said he went to visit his family.

However, Omokri, in a tweet, described Tinubu as a “London patient”.

“Tinubu says he has jetted out to London to “rest”. Dear citizens of Nigeria, are you not tired of Buhari running to London to rest? Now you want to elect Tinubu, another London patient? Tinubu just returned from London three months ago. Now, he’s back there! Think!” he had posted.

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