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Buhari Doesn't Need Yoruba Anymore- Tanko Yakasai by LabDNA: 7:27am On Nov 17, 2019
Elder statesman, Alhaji Tanko Yakasai has lamented the political misfortune of Prof Yemi Osinbajo, saying the crisis in the Presidency owes a lot to the actions he took as acting President.


But while he sympathizes with Osinbajo, he was of the view that the Yoruba, where the vice president comes from, can do nothing democratically that would affect President Buhari, pointing out that the president does not need their votes any more, and they cannot also garner ‘the two third majority of votes’ required to impeach him.

He also decried the crisis in the All Progressives Congress (APC) across a number of states in the country while insisting that the ruling party has not learnt any lesson from it previous misfortune in places like Zamfara State. Excerpts:



Our starting point is the intrigue in the Presidency between the president and his deputy. How do you see the script?

I have just been talking about this problem a while ago. If you look at the scenario and the play ups before now, you will certainly not be surprised at what is happening between President Buhari and Vice President Osinbajo. If you remember before President Buhari travelled abroad for medical attention, he had submitted the name of the former Chief Justice on acting capacity and he was there when that time elapsed and he had to reappoint him in the same acting capacity. By law that can only be done twice and it cannot be done thrice and by the time the second appointment in acing capacity lapsed, President Buhari was still abroad and, therefore, it became imperative for acting President Osinbajo to act. Being a lawyer, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, he knows that if having been appointed twice, the acting Chief Justice cannot be nominated again. His name must be submitted to the National Assembly. There is no other way except if Buhari had nominated the name of another person, which was not the case. I am just thinking on my own. I do not think that Buhari took kindly the act of that nomination because if he would nominate the acting Chief Justice twice, it means that he probably had no intention of nominating him for confirmation and in any case we saw how it all ended. Circumstances made Osinbajo to act and Buhari was not happy about that.

Could this be the history of their problem sir?


No, I am coming to that…if you remember the case of Lawal Daura. If you remember, Daura authorized his men to block the access to the National Assembly and Osinbajo was still the acting president and as a lawyer, he has no alternative, but to take action against Daura because there is no provision in the Constitution that allowed Lawal Daura to prevent the National Assembly from discharging its responsibility. There is no such provision for anybody, not even the president has the powers to prevent the National Assembly from discharging its functions. So, the acting president as at that time has no alternative, but to act against the infraction committed by DSS under the directive of Lawal Daura. He removed Lawal Daura, detained him and withdrew the DSS operatives and allowed the National Assembly to continue to operate uninterrupted. In my own opinion, Buhari was not happy with these situations. Now, if you look at the situation till date, President Buhari has never, since then, given Osibanjo opportunity to act as the President of Nigeria. This two situations should convince everybody, even the Doubting Thomases that there is sometime brewing in the mind of President Buhari, between him and Osinbajo. I have no evidence, but these are my deductions.

Let us look at the issue of removing him from some of his positions and the recent case of the sacking of his staff. How does that play into this?

Let me say that the report about the withdrawal of his staff was reported and there was also a denial – I think from the office of the Secretary to the Federal Government. In any case whatever it is, if you put that together with what I have just said about the case of Daura and Walter Onnoghen, you will say that all is not well with this Presidency. Yes, they would deny the statement, but there is no smoke without fire.

How does this affect the Yoruba people who see themselves as critical stakeholders in the emergence of the Buhari administration?

Well, I have been saying since the period of Obasanjo that in my opinion a presidency, which is occupied by a retired military General is not a full fledged democracy. I am, therefore, not surprised at the zig-zag way that our Presidency is going because I already have this feeling that there is no way a military General would operate democracy according to the rule of the game.

What I was actually saying is that the Yoruba feel that what is happening to Osinbajo is a direct attack on them. Are they reading the script well enough?

No, I don’t think so. But let me say this. There is no doubt that Yoruba votes made it possible for Buhari to emerge as President of Nigeria twice. But it depends on the person of the president to appreciate this or not to appreciate it. If he is somebody who appreciates good gesture, it would have been a different matter. But I don’t think that is the situation. Yes, the Yoruba made it possible for Buhari to be the president for the first time and the second term. But Buhari does not need the Yoruba and their votes any more. He is already the president. They are not in the control of the National Assembly and, therefore, they cannot impeach him. I don’t think he needs them and so it is up to them to decide what to do in the face of what is before them. Whether they satisfied that they have been compensated. No matter what they feel about what is happening honestly they could do little to alter their fate. Buhari doesn’t need them any more. He is already the president. You cannot remove him unless by impeachment and you do not have a two-third majority required to undertake such a task in the National Assembly and so even by way of impeachment, they cannot do anything to Buhari.



What then is your advice to the Yoruba in the face of all this?

Next time, this should serve as a lesson for them. In fact, it should serve as a lesson to Nigerians. The character of the people you are going to support should be a matter for thorough consideration before yourself and you people to the person.

Bola Tinubu has been rather silent in the unveiling drama. What do you make of his silence?

Well, he is still looking for the support of Buhari supporters in the North. The story is that Tinubu is thinking of replacing Buhari at the end of his tenure and I will not be surprised that this is the case. If that is the case, then Tinubu would not dismiss the goodwill of Buhari’s supporters in the North.

And could it be that he has a hand in the unfortunate fate of Osinbajo, given that both are rumoured to be interested in the presidency come 2023?

I have not heard that Bola Tinubu is opposed to the prospect of Osinbajo emerging as the presidential candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in the future.

Some people have said that there is no zoning in APC Constitution and that the North can still go for the presidency in the next elections. What is your take?

Those who are saying this are people who are prepared to dam the consequences. We cannot in the present situation think of APC nominating a northerner as a candidate after the two terms of Buhari Presidency. Any body who is a product of democracy must think twice before making this statement because we don’t have the required number to produce a president of this country. We certainly need some support from the South and the only possible area that we can look up for meaningful support is the Southwest.

Coming back to Osinbajo travails. What do you think the man could do to win back the admiration and love of President Buhari and his immediate caucus members?

Well, according to people who are very close to Buhari, people who know him very well say that he is not somebody who forgets. He said he would not forget. I read that somewhere. He didn’t say that he would not forgive. He said that he would not forget. I can’t remember the exact situation, but he stated it clearly that he would never forget. But he didn’t say that he would never forgive.

Of late, we have a number of court judgments that have not been obeyed. There is this fear that our democracy is beginning to go below the standards. What is your remark?

What you have just raised is supportive of what I have just said about the character of the Presidency.

But how do you see the closure of the border by the present administration. While some people are crying, others are smiling. What is your take?

In my opinion, this is nothing, but a fire brigade approach. When there is a fire, when the fire brigade personnel come, both the particular item that is on fire and the item that is not on fire, they pour water on all of them. They would not mind spoiling all the furniture in the house to quench the fire. So, this is a fire brigade approach and in my opinion, it is not a good approach in solving problem. The complaint by Nigerians is that there is massive smuggling of rice into the country. There is no complain of massive smuggling of spare parts, textile materials, drugs and other things into the country. So, to me, a reasonable government would devote itself to what it can do to deal with the problem of smuggling of rice to the exclusion of other items, because they are not being smuggled in the same proportion. This is not the first time. You remember when Presdient Buhari became the military Head of State, he changed the currency. The allegation then was that civilians had stashed a lot of money in their homes and hiding places. In an attempt to deal with the problem of politicians hiding looted money, he directed for a change of an entire currency. Changing a currency is a very expensive undertaking. It costs a lot and in the final analysis, the amount of loss that this country sustained by far outweighed the advantage that was set out to achieve. And apart from that, with the kind of characters we have in business. Many of these businessmen do not bank their money in the banks, including most richest men. So, the number of Nigerians who became bankrupt was enormous. They lost everything during the currency change.

Would the border closure be of a serious help to the economy?

What I am saying is that we are used to this kind of situation. When you are talking of a fire brigade approach, the consequences are not considered. There are some problems where you do not adopt the fire brigade approach. You need to study the problem carefully and come up with an alternative way or ways of tackling the problem so that you don’t make your people to suffer in an attempt to relieve them of a burden.



The All Progressives Congress (APC) as a party is enmeshed in crisis in many fronts. What do make of these quarrels in many states, including, of course, Edo State?

Well, you know that politics is an act and you just turn out to be a politician over night. You have to learn the process, learn how to do it. In England, people like you, younger people as early as when they are in secondary schools, make up their minds to go into politics. When they graduate, they would go and work in the offices of political parties and be engaged and from there, they would become officials in their local party, in their constituencies an they would be nominated as candidates. Most of the politicians that are elected in Britain started this way. There are few that would just venture into politics, but even the few, they have to undergo a certain transition from whatever they were doing before going into certain career. It is a career. What you are trying to say is that APC has not been able to manage its crisis. You cannot manage a crisis if you don’t know how to manage it. Simple. The fact is that they don’t know how to manage crisis. This kind of thing happened in Zamfara State, and now I was told that something close to it has happened in Bayelsa, that APC candidate and the man who ran against him had been disqualified by the courts. What happened in Zamfara is enough to teach APC and every politician a lesson. So, that it wouldn’t repeat itself. But look at it, it is being repeated.

What of what is happening Edo State?

The governor, according to stories, was the nominee of Adams Oshiomhole in the first instance. And I remember some happenings that gave credence to that assumption. For the both of them now, within a period of four years, to be dead enemies – I have no quarrel with Oshiomhole, he has respected my age and I like his doggedness. But there is no doubt about the fact that APC is not learning a lesson in Edo and Bayelsa states. My fear for them is that where the party in power doesn’t put itself together, the main opposition would benefit from the fight.

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Re: Buhari Doesn't Need Yoruba Anymore- Tanko Yakasai by ProudDick: 7:31am On Nov 17, 2019
He now needs igbos.

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Re: Buhari Doesn't Need Yoruba Anymore- Tanko Yakasai by Edygrin(m): 7:34am On Nov 17, 2019
The "use and dump" tactics goes on. When will the 'sophisticated' region learn?

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Re: Buhari Doesn't Need Yoruba Anymore- Tanko Yakasai by SalamRushdie: 7:36am On Nov 17, 2019
The SW was created to be used and dumped

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Re: Buhari Doesn't Need Yoruba Anymore- Tanko Yakasai by IamPatriotic(m): 7:37am On Nov 17, 2019
The Sun Newspaper is a mischievous media house, they'll put words in an unstable and an insane person's mouth, then run to press with whatever the trash the person sprew.

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Re: Buhari Doesn't Need Yoruba Anymore- Tanko Yakasai by LabDNA: 7:38am On Nov 17, 2019
SalamRushdie:
The SW was created to be used and dumped

Tanko is seriously shaking a weak table.

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Re: Buhari Doesn't Need Yoruba Anymore- Tanko Yakasai by bewla(m): 7:38am On Nov 17, 2019
Abi u just they run ur mouth
Re: Buhari Doesn't Need Yoruba Anymore- Tanko Yakasai by Skyfornia(m): 7:39am On Nov 17, 2019
It's still yet to dawn on them

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Re: Buhari Doesn't Need Yoruba Anymore- Tanko Yakasai by LabDNA: 7:40am On Nov 17, 2019
IamPatriotic:
The Sun Newspaper is a mischievous media house, they'll put words in an unstable and an insane person's mouth, then run to press with whatever the trash the person sprew.

The Sun is an APC run newspaper. I didn't hear you lament so bad when The nations newspaper journalists were sleeping in Junaid's house in order to get inflammatory, anti-East interviews.

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Re: Buhari Doesn't Need Yoruba Anymore- Tanko Yakasai by galaxy2020(m): 7:43am On Nov 17, 2019
Just give them kpomo and they will exchange their destiny for it... grin grin grin

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Re: Buhari Doesn't Need Yoruba Anymore- Tanko Yakasai by Finnese001: 7:46am On Nov 17, 2019
wink
Re: Buhari Doesn't Need Yoruba Anymore- Tanko Yakasai by Iamgrey5(m): 7:51am On Nov 17, 2019
Tanko is honest and didn't say that to spite Yorubas

He said there's nothing we can do to remove Buhari because he is now the president

He also said Buhari needs to be grateful to the Yorubas for voting him twice

He even advocated for a Yoruba presidential candidate in APC.

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Re: Buhari Doesn't Need Yoruba Anymore- Tanko Yakasai by maybanks: 7:51am On Nov 17, 2019
This is what you get when a senile old man like Tanko Yakassai is allowed to speak on issues of national importance. They end up heating up the polity with their careless statement

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Re: Buhari Doesn't Need Yoruba Anymore- Tanko Yakasai by clarocuzioo(m): 7:54am On Nov 17, 2019
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Re: Buhari Doesn't Need Yoruba Anymore- Tanko Yakasai by LabDNA: 7:55am On Nov 17, 2019
ProudDick:
He now needs igbos.

Of course the North will embrace an alliance with the SESS region if need be. The SW is not indispensable. Mathematically, there will be more votes from the SESS than from the SW who don't even vote as one, afterall they say they don't 'put their eggs in one basket', and that is not what a political ally who needs votes wants to hear. Even Osibanjo lost his polling unit.

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Re: Buhari Doesn't Need Yoruba Anymore- Tanko Yakasai by LabDNA: 8:01am On Nov 17, 2019
Iamgrey5:
Tanko is honest and didn't say that to spite Yorubas

He said there's nothing we can do to remove Buhari because he is now the president

He also said Buhari needs to grateful to the Yorubas for voting him twice

He even advocated for a Yoruba presidential candidate in APC.

Of course every good person will feel for Osibanjo but politics is not about emotions and niceties. I actually do but I know SW are not emotional (at least that's what they claim) and will not delude themselves that 'emotional feelings' will get Osibanjo or Tinubu into power.

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Re: Buhari Doesn't Need Yoruba Anymore- Tanko Yakasai by ProudDick: 8:04am On Nov 17, 2019
LabDNA:


Of course the North will embrace an alliance with the SESS region if need be. The SW is not indispenable. Mathematically, there will be more votes from the SESS than from the SW who don't even vote as one, they say they don't 'put their eggs in one basket', and that is not what a political ally who needs votes, wants to hear. Even Osibanjo lost his polling unit.

Yorubas are the most enlightened people in Nigeria. We vote based on our personal convictions. I support apc while majority of my family members support pdp. Oyo just voted out apc when they believed Ajimobi failed. If not for rigging, pdp won osun both in the governorship and presidential elections. Ondo May vote pdp in the coming election. Nigeria would be a better place if all the regions vote like the sw. So nobody should expect Yorubas to vote in one direction.

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Re: Buhari Doesn't Need Yoruba Anymore- Tanko Yakasai by ProudDick: 8:07am On Nov 17, 2019
LabDNA:


Of course every good person will feel for Osibanjo but politics is not about emotions and niceties. I actually do but I know SW are not emotional and will not delude themselves that 'emotional feelings' will get Osibanjo or Tinubu into power.

Everything about Osinbajo is only from the papers. I don’t see anything happening to him.

Yorubas are not emotional beings. They can keep writing anything they like about him and he’s not moved. Whatever happened in 2023, Yoruba will never lose in the Nigeria political chess game. President or not.

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Re: Buhari Doesn't Need Yoruba Anymore- Tanko Yakasai by LabDNA: 8:11am On Nov 17, 2019
ProudDick:


Everything about Osinbajo is only from the papers. I don’t see anything happening to him.

Yorubas are not emotional beings. They can keep writing anything they like about him and he’s not moved. Whatever happened in 2023, Yoruba will never lose in the Nigeria political chess game. President or not.

If it you say 'only from the papers', then you are burying your head in the sand my friend and you know it.

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Re: Buhari Doesn't Need Yoruba Anymore- Tanko Yakasai by Area4Area: 8:12am On Nov 17, 2019
Look at some already bringing out their drums to dance about the statement.

What the man was saying is that Buhari doesn't need the votes of the SW since he's not going for reelection and since the SW doesn't have a 2/3 majority in the house, they can't impeach him, are these two points lies or is it because it's coming from a northerner?
Is it that those already jubilating don't know these already or they felt that the statement was to spite the SW?

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Re: Buhari Doesn't Need Yoruba Anymore- Tanko Yakasai by omenka(m): 8:13am On Nov 17, 2019
Dear Yorubas, our brothers from that end are in severe pains at the moment. For the next one month, expect to see their insults and hatred ramped up, but do understand with them.

They will curse, bark, wail, and cry, but it wouldn't stop Lyon from drinking from the stream of their salty tears and us from dancing to the soft tones of their cries. cheesy

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Re: Buhari Doesn't Need Yoruba Anymore- Tanko Yakasai by FakeManna: 8:15am On Nov 17, 2019
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omenka:
Dear Yorubas, our brothers from that end are in severe pains at the moment. For the next one month, expect to see their insults and hatred ramped up, but do understand with them.

They will curse, bark, wail, and cry, but it wouldn't stop Lyon from drinking from the stream of their salty tears and us from dancing to the soft tones of their cries. cheesy
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trash trash trash
your hatred for Igbos will be your doom
mark my words

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Re: Buhari Doesn't Need Yoruba Anymore- Tanko Yakasai by omenka(m): 8:15am On Nov 17, 2019
Area4Area:
Look at some already bringing out their drums to dance about the statement.

What the man was saying is that Buhari doesn't need the votes of the SW since he's not going for reelection and since the SW doesn't have a 2/3 majority in the house, they can't impeach him, are these two points lies or is it because it's coming from a northerner?
Is it that those already jubilating don't know these already or they felt that the statement was to spite the SW?
Read my comment below yours brother. They need a hug and right now, they believe the only warm arms available is that of *kunu sipping gworo chewing almajiri* Yakasai.

We sure wont deny them the pleasure and comfort of such warmth at this trying times. cheesy

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Re: Buhari Doesn't Need Yoruba Anymore- Tanko Yakasai by omenka(m): 8:16am On Nov 17, 2019
ProudDick:


Everything about Osinbajo is only from the papers. I don’t see anything happening to him.

Yorubas are not emotional beings. They can keep writing anything they like about him and he’s not moved. Whatever happened in 2023, Yoruba will never lose in the Nigeria political chess game. President or not.
Re: Buhari Doesn't Need Yoruba Anymore- Tanko Yakasai by Rekhina(f): 8:19am On Nov 17, 2019
ProudDick:


Yorubas are the most enlightened people in Nigeria. We vote based on our personal convictions. I support apc while majority of my family members support pdp. Oyo just voted out apc when they believed Ajimobi failed. If not for rigging, pdp won osun both in the governorship and presidential elections. Ondo May vote pdp in the coming election. Nigeria would be a better place if all the regions vote like the sw. So nobody should expect Yorubas to vote in one direction.
let it sink in yr head that Apc isn't a choice humans with a soul should make ,tell me y u shud prefer Apc Dan pdp ? One reason

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Re: Buhari Doesn't Need Yoruba Anymore- Tanko Yakasai by FakeManna: 8:20am On Nov 17, 2019
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omenka:
Read my comment below yours brother. They need a hug and right now, they believe the only warm arms available is that of *kunu sipping gworo chewing almajiri* Yakasai.

We sure wont deny them the pleasure and comfort of such warmth at this trying times. cheesy
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trash trash trash coming from a 45 years old man

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Re: Buhari Doesn't Need Yoruba Anymore- Tanko Yakasai by Area4Area: 8:21am On Nov 17, 2019
omenka:
Dear Yorubas, our brothers from that end are in severe pains at the moment. For the next one month, expect to see their insults and hatred ramped up, but do understand with them.

They will curse, bark, wail, and cry, but it wouldn't stop Lyon from drinking from the stream of their salty tears and us from dancing to the soft tones of their cries. cheesy
Don't mind those kids who didn't even understand what the man was trying to say, he wasn't lying neither did he say anything to spite anyone.
Buhari doesn't need any region's vote because he's not going for any reelection after his 2nd term, who doesn't know that?
Even if the legislators from the 19 states of the north decide to impeach him, they can't because they don't have a 2/3 majority, who doesn't know this for goodness sake?

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Re: Buhari Doesn't Need Yoruba Anymore- Tanko Yakasai by olaric(m): 8:22am On Nov 17, 2019
Ummm. Though, I am a Yoruba man, it hurts to admit that Yakasai is saying the truth. Tinubu, just like Afonja has sold his people to the Fulanis. Redemption will surely come someday, but how soon?

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Re: Buhari Doesn't Need Yoruba Anymore- Tanko Yakasai by FakeManna: 8:23am On Nov 17, 2019
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shut up
Re: Buhari Doesn't Need Yoruba Anymore- Tanko Yakasai by Arubajagz: 8:28am On Nov 17, 2019
All the disgruntled and discarded elements have started crawling out of the woodwork, singing autotunes programmed by the usual suspects. Even Abba Kyari can not boldly say this, maybe that is why they needed a stooge to use.
Re: Buhari Doesn't Need Yoruba Anymore- Tanko Yakasai by Area4Area: 8:31am On Nov 17, 2019
Rekhina:
let it sink in yr head that Apc isn't a choice humans with a soul should make ,tell me y u shud prefer Apc Dan pdp ? One reason
....because the SE that have been slaving themselves for PDP over two decades now have never been considered for the presidency, that is wicked and that's why humans with souls decided for APC
Re: Buhari Doesn't Need Yoruba Anymore- Tanko Yakasai by Kapilta(m): 8:33am On Nov 17, 2019
Edygrin:
The "use and dump" tactics goes on. When will the 'sophisticated' region learn?
the used and dump is actually related with those people from the other side of the Niger, using them to acquire Nigeria in 1960, killing millions of them years later, using them since 1999 again without no reward.

That's exactly what use and dumb means my in-law grin

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