Bola Tinubu: The Fall Of An Emperor At Lekki Toll Gate By Dr Bolaji O. Akinyemi
Nothing lasts for ever!
Bola Ahmed Tinubu started his political profession with an understanding that displays the favored Yoruba saying: “eniyan bo ni lara ju aso lo,” which means: “Folks cowl nakedness much better than garments.
That was the soil through which this political iroko seed was planted. His development was speedy from Coker Avenue, Orile-Agege, Lagos, his branches unfold throughout Lagos West and his senatorial leaves had been plucked with ease. Bola Tinubu was in contact with the folks. He related with the streets and conquered the grassroots with the assistance of Iya loja Emeritus, his mom Alhaja Abibatu Mogaji.
He was actually within the good e book of the folks.
He understands the enormity of the affect of the market unions and associations within the Nigerian politics and positioned his daughters to understudy his mom.
However after her demise, he singlehandedly imposed his daughter on individuals who reserved the rights to step into the footwear of his mom, having served the curiosity of Oja together with the late mama earlier than the daughter was even born.
For me this was the purpose at which Tinubu misplaced it. He tore the material that his mom bequeathed to him together with his grasping method to management. Immediately he’s regaled with garments on. But, he’s sadly bare earlier than the folks.
Tinubu’s presence within the Senate throughout Babagida’s democratic experiment was distinctive. Exploits from his instant constituency of company stewardship got here readily available. He was essentially the most literate professional within the ICT and he introduced it to bear.
Bola Ahmed Tinubu was forward of his friends a lot that nobody in his Senate class commanded the pedigree of his affect in Nigeria at present.
His identification with the folks when Babagida dashed our hope via the annulment of the one free and fairest election ever performed in my lifetime, consolidated Tinubu’s political relevance among the many folks.
NADECO turned a necessity and Tinubu was very a lot on floor to serve until our democracy dream turned a actuality in 1999.
His return to the nation was rewarded by the Alliance for Democracy (AD) management which stepped down Lagos political juggernauts of that point within the particular person of Funso Williams.
Tinubu was sensible and skilful within the recreation. Just like the fig tree, his tentacles have unfold throughout Lagos and interlocked with roots of different political shrubs and timber. Because it now, he has, certainly, change into a troublesome tree to uproot.
In torrents, allegations got here like storms which embrace working a drug cartel, “Toronto certificates” of his very questionable Chicago life fashion. However non may very well be used to pin nor nail him as a result of earlier than the courtroom of the folks, Tinubu stood guiltless.
However within the short while, the veil of deceptions that had coated a “sin full man” and made him appear to be the saviour of the lots is presently being torn to shreds earlier than a courtroom of competent jurisdiction.
Apara put his nails to the sinful garment of Bola Tinubu to unmask the bandits and his gang who’ve been ‘raping’ Lagos, the Centre of Excellence’ since 20 years. The fleecing of Lagosians has been institutionalised with craftiness a lot that the victims hail their oppressor to excessive heavens. They’re even calling him out to return rape Nigeria in 2023.
Alpha Beta is a revelation, a conduit for Tinubu’s unlawful empire. Via it, the emperor’s palace had remained related and serviced immediately with 10% of all of the taxes that Lagos State Inland Income (LIRS) generates which go to this firm’s fiat.
lt is after they’d taken their very own 15% share that they’d then remit the remainder to the Lagos State account.
A tragic reminder had been the times of Abacha in energy when the duties of the Federal Inland Income had been taken over by personal corporations and sure people had been made billionaires over night time. The ATM machine that Abacha has change into in loss of life shouldn’t be unconnected to the impunity that was prevalent with our taxes and income technology.
The absurdity of Tinubu’s banditry is so embarrassing that the Lagos State Water Company is serving as their headquarters. It’s left to creativeness whose tenants they’re and to whom their rents are being paid.
Mr Dapo Apara, a Nigerian chartered accountant, opened the can of worms when he accused the previous governor of Lagos State (Tinubu), a consulting agency, Alpha-beta, and a former commissioner within the state, Akin Doherty, of cash laundering, fraud, tax evasion and varied corrupt practices.
In a writ of summons deposed to at a Lagos excessive courtroom, Apara had claimed that Tinubu and Alpha-beta reneged on sure agreements reached previously in regards to the administration and management of the consulting agency.
The silence on this concern by the lots in Lagos is the justification of the sophistication of Edo over Lagos which resonated with the “Edo No be Lagos slogan.
Witnessing a protest from the state in opposition to church tithe, that silence greeted fee of 10% of our commonwealth to a person and his cronies is a tough one to swallow.
However issues took a dramatic flip for the emperor and his empire after the Edo election. If Lagosians had chosen to look away from his humongous monetary fraud allegations in opposition to their state, would they do similar in opposition to the blood of their youngsters being gruesomely murdered within the wake of the endSARS protest?
Apara’s allegations weren’t unconnected with the fraud that Lagos Concession Firm is to Lagos. The corporate which runs Lekki Toll Gate was stated to be making N12 million naira a day. Even if you’re poor in Arithmetic, a easy multiplication of that determine by three hundred and sixty five days will go away you with N4,380,000,000; cause our youngsters have to be evacuated with the barrel of gun to maintain their enterprise working.
Tinubu, who couldn’t seem earlier than the courtroom to reply to Apara’s allegations tweeted that the protest can be met with fierce drive if the protesters refused to name off the protest.
However a dependable supply stated he was in Abuja on Monday, nineteenth of October, 2020.
This interprets to a Yoruba saying: “Aje ke lana omo ku leni, tani omo pe aje ana lo pa omo je,” which suggests: “The witch cried yesterday and the kid died at present. And who wouldn’t conclude that the witch that cried killed the kid?
If Tinubu tweeted from Abuja a few fierce drive, and Sanwo-Olu declared a 24 hour curfew in lower than 4 hours and warned strongly; “no person have to be discovered exterior”, that for me is a shoot at sight order. Making ready floor for the order, LCC eliminated the CCTV digicam and put out the sunshine, Buhari because the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces accomplished the job, turned weapons at harmless youths, that second the legitimacy of Sanwo-Olu as Governor and Buhari as President was misplaced. Reacting, Sanwo-Olu stated the evil was perpetrated by forces past his management. Official Buhari is past his management, unofficially Tinubu because the Emperor of Lagos is also. We’d like not ask for clarification the forces past his management are identified.
To one of many youths made a name, and advised him they learnt he was in a foreign country to France to be exact and requested how true it was, Tinubu responded: “IT IS ALMOST TRUE.”
It’s left to Lagosians what to make out of the response. Tinubu appears to be inferring that he’s neither on the FALSE nor TRUE lane. This can be a memory of Babagida’s precept of maradona management … slightly to the left and to the best. Tinubu’s maradonic spell blinded the folks. He was nearly at all times true that 150 billion naira as part of our collective commonwealth is paid as tithes to a person who’s neither a pastor or our common Overseer.
The conspiracy that has cemented Lagos’ loyalty to Tinubu must be visited. Why did erstwhile Lagos governor, Babatunde Raji Fasola (SAN), appeared away from this embarrassing illegality throughout his eight years tenure?
The position of vice chairman and man of God, the then lawyer common of Lagos State drafted and supervised all authorized agreements and frameworks, whereas all these had been being perpetrated ought to be made clear.
It’s the gamut of corruption that Lagos has change into and have to be sustained that the gang on the Lekki Toll Gate have to be dispersed to maintain the cash flowing.
However his hope of ever ruling this nation was buried on the toll gate on Tuesday 20: 10: 2020.
In reminiscence and honour of our youngsters that had been gruesomely murdered, I believe #endTollgatecollection on the Lekki Toll Gate ought to be declared. Could I additional suggest the renaming of the toll gate as ‘Gate of Blood’ in order that our unborn generations might know that it was at that ‘jungle’ that the shackles had been damaged upon the legs of Lagos and the yoke of Buhari’s brutality upon the neck of our nation was eliminated.
Upon the blood of our slain, a brand new Nigeria will rise.
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