As Nigeria inches closer to the 2023 general elections, the political atmosphere is already charged, and conversations around the various candidates’ suitability have become a norm. One of the candidates whose name has been on the lips of many Nigerians is Bola Tinubu, a former governor of Lagos State and a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
While many attribute Tinubu’s popularity to his alleged wealth, his wife, Senator Oluremi Tinubu, has debunked this myth, revealing that her husband’s benevolence is the reason behind his wide acceptance among the people.
Speaking during a town hall meeting with People Living With Disabilities in Abuja, Senator Oluremi Tinubu disclosed that she begged the wife of her husband’s running mate, Hajia Nana Shettima, for N2 million on Wednesday, refuting claims that the family is wealthy.
“When they say he has the money of the world, I just wonder. Mrs Shettima knows that I begged her just to give me N2m yesterday,” she said.
Oluremi Tinubu went on to describe her husband as a compassionate and generous man, stating that his generosity was the secret to his popularity.
“Asiwaju’s secret is not about money, contrary to what people think, he is a very compassionate man and very generous. There is nothing he can’t give,” she said.
The senator’s statement is a departure from the common narrative that politicians in Nigeria’s political space are only in it for the money. However, it is a reminder that there are still individuals who are motivated by the desire to serve and make a difference in the lives of the people they lead.
In recent times, Tinubu’s popularity has grown even more, with many calling for him to run for the presidency. His political clout and influence are evident in Lagos State, where he is regarded as the godfather of politics. It is also evident in other states where his political structure has produced governors and other political officeholders.
However, with his growing popularity comes criticism and opposition. Some have accused him of being autocratic, with allegations of corruption and abuse of power. The recent protests in Lagos State, where his alleged control of the state’s politics was questioned, are a testament to the growing dissatisfaction among some Nigerians.
Despite the criticisms, Tinubu’s supporters remain resolute in their belief in him. They see him as a leader who has the potential to steer the country in the right direction, and they believe that his generosity is proof of his commitment to the people.
Bola Tinubu’s wife’s recent revelation about her husband’s generosity is a reminder that not all politicians are in it for the money. Tinubu’s popularity is not just because of his alleged wealth, but because of his benevolence and compassion towards the people. As the 2023 general elections approach, Nigerians must pay attention to the candidates’ character and commitment to service, rather than their wealth and political clout. The country needs leaders who are committed to the people’s welfare and development, and only such leaders can bring about the much-needed change and progress.