The “kingmaker” take over the throne – Tinubu

Outgoing President, Muhammadu Buhari is handing over the mantle of leadership today to Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the winner of the February 25, 2023, presidential election.…
Outgoing President, Muhammadu Buhari is handing over the mantle of leadership today to Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the winner of the February 25, 2023, presidential election. He is taking over at a time when Nigeria is groaning under a plethora of crippling challenges. Daily Trust x-rays Nigeria’s 16th president. CONTINUE FULL READING….

Seated on a comfy couch, eyes glued to a large television screen, arm half-stretched, he raised his right index finger proudly just above his trademark cap.

Within seconds, he clenched his fist and rose magisterially to rousing cheers of victory from allies and supporters who surrounded him in the expansive living room.

Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) had just been announced as the winner of the February 25 presidential election by the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof Mahmood Yakubu, having polled 8,794,726 votes. CONTINUE Full READING…

That early March 1 morning, 28 days shy of his 71st birthday, a “lifelong ambition” the former Lagos State governor made public on January 10, 2022, shortly after he visited outgoing President Muhammadu Buhari at the Villa, came to fruition.

While the jubilation lasted, Tinubu flashed a wry smile; his spectacles sitting artfully on his nose ridge.

“Emilokan (it’s my turn)”, his famous campaign slogan, has finally transmuted from a mere wish into an amazing reality.

The celebration spread from the room to the streets as Asiwaju’s teeming supporters marked his victory in style.

Perhaps, the celebration would climax today when the Jagaban – as he is fondly called – will be sworn in as the 16th Nigerian President at Eagle Square, Abuja.

But by dusk the party would have been decidedly over. Nigerians, and indeed the international community, would expect Tinubu to hit the ground running in fulfillment of his pledge to “renew the hope” of the masses.

Interestingly, the septuagenarian is not unaware of the onerous tasks before him – insecurity, secessionist agitations threatening national unity, growing youth unemployment, wobbling economy characterised by galloping inflation, and weak local currency.

closer to the people.”

Tinubu also pledged to build a Nigeria that will export more and import less to strengthen the naira and “our way of life,” train and give economic opportunity to the poorest and most vulnerable population “and, most importantly, establish a bold and assertive policy that will create the strong yet adaptive national security architecture and action to obliterate terror, kidnapping, banditry, and all other forms of violent extremism from the face of our nation.”

Tinubu wants to do all of these and more, even though many Nigerians have curiously expressed concerns over his health.

Going by Fashola’s account, Jagaban was between 44 and 52 as a governor when he micromanaged, was very detailed, and made the best decisions mostly at night.

Things have changed. Tinubu now manages health challenges that come with old age and travels abroad for medical treatment.

His occasional gaffes and seemingly slurred speech have raised questions over his mental capacity to govern a nation as complex as Nigeria.

However, he and his handlers have insisted there is no cause for alarm.

And many experts have dismissed the promises, just like those of other candidates that contested in the 2023 Presidential Election, as mere rhetoric, arguing that what is seen is a long list of problems and a vow to solve them, with very little in terms of modalities to be used to do so, the resources needed and how to source them, and the milestones within which they will be delivered.

It is 19 years since Tinubu was last in the saddle in Lagos directly.

Can he wave a magic wand to fix Nigeria? Can he galvanise his cabinet into productive actions that can truly renew the hope of vulnerable Nigerians?

Will he be able to lead a government that delivers real dividends of democracy to the masses?

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