By Ayo Dada
Looking back at the the botched Chatham House stunt by APC presidential candidate, Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu, there are two take aways to add to what many critics have already written about; they are SECURITY and COMPETENCE.
On Security, if he, Tinubu can confidently choose Governor Nasri El rufai to answer questions on security in Nigeria, someone under whose watch Kaduna State has become one of the most dangerous and deadliest states in the country, where there is arguably an ongoing genocide there, then, what is this act telling Nigerians?
Also, let us not forget that Tinubu’s vice Presidential candidate, Kashim Shettima, is one of the most controversial politicians this country has ever had the displeasure of producing.
Shettima is a man who emerged as the governorship candidate of his party after the candidate who won the primary was assassinated, (I am not accusing him of any misdeed or crime, or that he was in any way involved in the dastardly act), however, he benefitted from the insecurity in Bornu state at the time because the assassination paved the way for him because he was next in line, to become governor.
The APC vice presidential candidate was also the governor of Bornu State when the state’s governors’ lodge in Asokoro, Abuja, where Kabiru Sokoto, the boko haram terrorist, who masterminded the Christmas day bombing in a Catholic church in madalla, was captured.
It is therefore needless to say that he was the sitting governor when the governor’s lodge was used as a safe haven for a terrorist who just finished killing dozens of Christians in a church on a Christmas day!
This is the man who will be acting as President should Tinubu emerge winner come 2023.
With the issue of competence, there is no doubt that a younger, sharper Asiwaju would have been the perfect candidate for the presidency because of his brilliance. Nigeria, I believe would have been in good hands under the circumstances we find ourselves today. However, with all the controversies surrounding the man, especially his health and his cognitive state which seems on the decline, if he becomes president, what happens when he travels to represent Nigeria in world events, in the Committee of nations, like the United Nations, or visits to heads of states, and such questions he delegated to his surrogates at Chatham House on Dec 6, 2022 to answer are asked of him?
- Knowing how the western media operates, they will not relent until they get answers from Tinubu himself; will he then delegate his subordinates to answer the questions?
- Will Tinubu be taking subordinates with him on international travels to answer questions directed at him when facing international press/media people, for instance when he visits number 10 Downing Street, or the Whites House?
- If so, how many? Will it be different surrogate for different portfolio?
- Will those surrogates be Federal Cabinet Ministers or State Governors, or both?
- If the above answers are yays, then, at what cost to the government that is already down on her knees economically?
- Why can’t Tinubu answer questions himself, what is the reason behind it? Has this got to do with cognitive decline, ill preparedness, in over his head with the issues affecting today’s Nigeria, some, or all of the above?
- Is this why he will not attend debates?
From the show at Chatham House on Monday, it has left Nigerians with more questions than answers.
Who will be in charge of Nigeria when he travels overseas to take care of his health? The cabals? His vice, Shettima? If indeed his cognition is in decline, in whose hands is Nigeria going to be? His surrogates at Chatham House, who his campaign have said are part of his team?
These are real questions every Nigerian needs to ponder on, and the more reasons why they will have to think very well before they cast their vote for a candidate come 2023.
Whoever you support, Obi, Tinubu, Atiku, Sowore, Abiola, or whoever, my hope is that, voters are not beclouded by sentiments.
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