During his election campaign in Ogun State, President Bola Tinubu you expressed that he called upon the spirit of freedom to inspire and connect with Nigerians and his supporters. He mentioned that some of his notable statements resonated with the people and were used to invoke this spirit.
Reflecting on the campaign season, the former governor of Lagos State revealed that the challenging circumstances caused by the Central Bank of Nigeria’s cash swap policy compelled him to tap into the spirit of freedom in the South West state of Nigeria. Speaking at the palace of Awujale and the paramount ruler of Ijebuland, Oba Sikiru Adetona, in Ijebu Ode, President Tinubu expressed his gratitude to the people for their support and loyalty.
He acknowledged the difficulties faced during the election period, including the confiscation of funds and the scarcity of the national currency, the Naira. Despite these challenges, Tinubu emphasized that he invoked the spirit of freedom twice, guided by the principles represented by the respected Awujale and the determination to persevere, even without financial resources.
It is important to note that on June 3, Tinubu’s passionate remarks during a presidential campaign in Abeokuta gained significant attention on social media. He asserted that his efforts played a crucial role in ensuring the election of former President Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) after three previous attempts. During the event, he famously stated, “emilokan” (It’s my turn), emphasizing his readiness for the presidency based on his education, experience, and years of dedicated service.
Additionally, Tinubu unintentionally referred to Abiodun, who was present at the event, as “Eleyi,” highlighting him as one of the beneficiaries of his political support.
Tinubu’s remarks were addressed to the APC delegates in Ogun State and garnered a mixed response from Nigerians. While some loyalists of the party, including National Chairman Abdullahi Adamu, interpreted the comments as disrespectful toward the president and the governor of Ogun State, others voiced their support for Tinubu.
In response to the nationwide fuel shortage and naira scarcity that sparked protests across the country, Tinubu accused unidentified influential individuals of orchestrating the crisis to undermine his aspirations. Governor Nasir El-Rufai, an ally of Tinubu, affirmed the existence of officials within the presidency, including Central Bank Governor Godwin Emefiele, who were allegedly working against Tinubu.
It is noteworthy that these events and statements have generated varied opinions among Nigerians and sparked discussions regarding political dynamics and aspirations in the country.