Monday 29 May 2023

From Lagos "Landlord" to Nigerian leader: 10 facts about President Bola Ahmed Tinubu

Tinubu is however a divisive character in Nigerian politics and is Widely credited with reshaping Nigeria's commercial hub Lagos.

Below are some facts about the Lagos "Landlord" set to rule Nigeria:

1. Real name:

His full name is Bola Ahmed Adekunle Tinubu. He holds the revered titles of Asiwaju of Lagos and Jagaban of Borgu Kingdom, and has been identified as the individual behind recent political maneuvers in the region.

2. Date of Birth:

His known date of birth is 29th March 1952, which makes him 70 years, a figure many has disputed due to unknown reasons.

3. Birth Place:

Even though he has become more famed for his influence in Lagos (Nigeria's commercial hub) and his time as its governor, his birthplace is Osun State, southwest of Nigeria. He is a Muslim and belongs to the Yoruba ethnic group.

4. Education -Trained accountant:

Tinubu had his education in Nigeria's Ibadan before he continued to college in Chicago and onwards to the Chicago State University for his undergraduate studies. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting in 1979,

5. Career:

He worked for a number of accounting firms in the States before he moved to Nigeria in 1983. Bola Tinubu joined Mobil Oil Nigeria, and soon after, he was appointed as the company's executive.

6. Politics:

He joined politics in 1992 with the Social Democratic Party (SDP) on whose ticket he became Lagos West Senator.

7. Tinubu joined pro-democracy groups after the 'electoral coup' of 1993 (when the military annulled the election of Moshood Abiola) and fled to exile in 1994 fearing the then Sani Abacha regime.

8. He came back to Nigeria in 1998 after the death of Sani Abacha. In January 1999, he vied for the position of Governor of Lagos State on the AD ticket. He was elected governor of the state. He left the Lagos State government house in 2007 but has since influenced who becomes Lagos, governor. The last three governors after he left have all admitted publicly to being his prodigies Tinubu's influence has also extended across the southwest region and his political alliances have also seen him make very loyal friends in the Muslim-dominated north.

9. He became national leader of the ruling APC after its formation in 2014 before the party won elections in 2015 with outgoing Muhammadu Buhari as its flagbearer. He run on a Muslim- Muslim ticket, i.e. he picked a Muslim as his vice (Kashim Shettima from Borno State) contrary to the religious balancing of tickets by the major parties.

10. He is married to Oluremi Tinubu, a Reverend Minister and has four children – Folashade Tinubu-Ojo, Oluwaseyi Tinubu, Abibat Tinubu, and the late Jide Tinubu,

Tinubu triumphs over 2 main rivals Tinubu was in the race along with the main opposition People's Democratic Party's (PDP) Atiku Abubakar and Peter Obi of the Labour Party (LP). APC polled 8,805,655 valid votes against the PDP's 6,984,520 and LP's 6,098,588. The New Nigerian Peoples Party (NNPP) got 1,496,687 valid votes whiles the fourteen other aspirants together got the remaining 666,298.

Tinubu, a former Mobil oil executive, feels entitled to Nigeria's presidency.

Mr. Tinubu, will now be looking at unifying a country that is retreating into regional lines and religious blocs, as the election results show.

During his tenure as Lagos state governor between 1999 and 2007, Lagos massively grew its income through huge foreign investment.

Congratulations President Bola Ahmed Tinubu. Wishing you and the country the very best.

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