By Segun Odeleye
Former Lagos governor and national leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, is aware that the party he loves and champions has a problem that has everything to do with him.
The problem is the fact that whether rightly or wrongly, the party has become synonymous with him, and to some extent, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, just the same way the Action Congress of Nigeria and the Congress for Progressive Change were synonymous with them.
Being the tactician that he is, Tinubu seems to have begun producing a counter narrative, which is that the party is not all about him.
Speaking on Friday at the 2012/2013 Call to Bar ceremony of the Nigeria Law School which held in Abuja at the International Conference Center, Tinubu said the APC isn’t about personalities but about the nation and the need and commitment to rescue Nigeria from inept leadership.
Asked a question about the significance of the five former PDP governors joining the APC and the implications for Nigeria, Tinubu said, “The APC is not about Tinubu, Buhari or any of its leaders. It is about the nation and how we can come together and work together to rescue Nigeria from inept leadership. The implication is change. We want to change the way things are done by working together and investing our ideas. We must change the way we do things. Imagine from the 60’s till date. The cutlass of the 60s cannot be used for farming now. We need leaders that can think outside the box.”
Tinubu said that the country “needs a democratic revolution that will unleash infrastructural development and massive industrialization. Nigeria is a blessed nation with talented youth, whose potentials must be harnessed for the development of our country. The lamentations must stop. After so many years of lamentation, with action we must lead the new resolve to rally for the much needed change our country badly needs.”
He condemned the posture of the government to the continued strike by ASUU and said we should be more concerned about losing more brains to the outside world.
“We are not in a military era. The language used shows a government out of tune with the general feelings of Nigerians. Nigeria cannot continue to afford to lose her best brains to the diaspora,” he concluded.