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Politics of Monday, 13 June 2022


We will pay you N5K for been jobless - Tinubu's 2014 campaign message to Nigerians resurface

Bole Tinubu on the campaign trail with President Buhari and Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo Bole Tinubu on the campaign trail with President Buhari and Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo

An old newspaper report attributed to Bola Ahmed Tinubu on the campaign trail of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2014 has begun to make the rounds on various social media platforms.

In the trendy newspaper clipping, Tinubu is quoted to have said: "Nigerians, the only way to have steady light and fuel is to remove Goodluck Jonathan. And I promise you in 6 months, Nigeria will be swimming in crude oil and fuel. Buhari will pay you all 5,000 naira monthly for being jobless, our youth will be gainfully employed with 3,000,000 jobs a year."

He is believed to have made the comment on the campaign trail for the APC ahead of the general elections in 2015. President Buhari defeated incumbent Goodluck Jonathan, the first time a seating president will be defeated in an election.

The comment has since generated mixed reactions on social media. Now the presidential candidate of the ruling party, he will contest the February 2023 general elections against other leading contenders, Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Peter Obi of the Labour Party (LP).

At the primary, he defeated party bigwigs Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo; Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi and Senate President, Ahmed Lawan.

His emergence as presidential candidate courted reactions as many questioned his health status and fitness to rule an ethnically divided and complicated country like Nigeria. Tinubu has also been seen in several public gatherings mistaking the facts as its concern major national issues.

Recall, he said while he spoke at his colloquium to celebrate his 69th birthday that he will “recruit 50 million youths into the army, take away from their (the insurgents)recruitment source” as a way of tackling the scourge of banditry in the country.

Following the apparent backlash, his spokesperson, Tunde Rahman described his utterances as an “accidental verbal mistake”.

Bola Tinubu will hope his experience as two-term governor of Lagos State will count as the country head to the polls in 2023. Amongst other things, Tinubu has said that he will fight terrorism and insecurity in the country if elected as the next president in 2023.

He described himself as a unifier and the one which the current moment in the country calls for.

“Nominate me as the party’s presidential candidate for 2023 because I’m competent and courageous to serve Nigeria, and deliver good governance,” he said.

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