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Tinubu's Interview In 1997: Setting The Records Straight - Ademola Oshodi by Lanrelagboi: 11:11pm On Aug 28, 2020

It’s proper and helpful to put that interview granted in 1997 when Asiwaju Tinubu was in exile in London in its proper context. I know the story well enough. It was during the military era after the annulment of the June 12 election when Nigeria was a Banana Republic of sort. Every right-thinking Nigeria was exasperated at the way the country was being run and where it was headed.

General Ibrahim Babangida had annulled the election freely won by Bashorun MKO Abiola, an election that broke all barriers that hitherto divided the country: ethnic, religious, class, etc.
In his agitation against the annulment and against the military, as Senator he had led the National Assembly to pass a joint resolution that the military must step aside following the June 12 annulment and hand over to a democratic elected president.

For that he was hounded. His house petrol-bombed. But as it turned out, IBB was forced to step aside. However, General Abacha who pushed the ING headed by Chief Shonekan aside and eventually took over power was of the worse form: brutal, repressive and retrogressive.
Asiwaju and others continued to confront the military and to demand the restoration of June 12. Asiwaju moved into exile where he continued the struggle.

Abacha harassed, hounded and clamped down on many pro-democracy activists including journalists. Those lucky not to be killed lost limbs. Many were clamped into detention, their families harassed. NADECO chieftains which included Pa Alfred Rewane was killed. Kudirat Abiola was killed in broad daylight. Late Chief Abraham Adesanya and late Guardian Newspaper Publisher Alex Ibru, among many others, were shot at.

It was during that dark period that Asiwaju granted that interview, when no one was proud of the country. The military were not building, they were simply destroying all that had been built. Everything was in disarray. All committed and highly-principled Nigerians lost belief in their country and hope in her well-ordained future.

Following the agitation of the likes of Asiwaju and co, the military somehow atoned for the criminal annulment of June 12 and brought back democracy, which all of us are enjoying today including the faceless people now condemning Asiwaju for his patriotic stand and for granting that interview that put the military on their toes.
Those who exhumed that interview to score cheap political points should be ashamed of themselves. Nigerians, however, know better and know the courageous and patriotic ones as opposed to those who only pay lip service to patriotism and nationalism.
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Re: Tinubu's Interview In 1997: Setting The Records Straight - Ademola Oshodi by History555: 11:22pm On Aug 28, 2020
But asiwaju was seeking for government appointment in the early stages of the regime only to start forming activist once he did not get it.

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Re: Tinubu's Interview In 1997: Setting The Records Straight - Ademola Oshodi by Obalatule: 11:41pm On Aug 28, 2020
If Tinibu ever becomes the president of this country make I shit rock grin grin

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Re: Tinubu's Interview In 1997: Setting The Records Straight - Ademola Oshodi by honeyB2018: 11:51pm On Aug 28, 2020
Lanrelagboi:


It’s proper and helpful to put that interview granted in 1997 when Asiwaju Tinubu was in exile in London in its proper context. I know the story well enough. It was during the military era after the annulment of the June 12 election when Nigeria was a Banana Republic of sort. Every right-thinking Nigeria was exasperated at the way the country was being run and where it was headed.

General Ibrahim Babangida had annulled the election freely won by Bashorun MKO Abiola, an election that broke all barriers that hitherto divided the country: ethnic, religious, class, etc.
In his agitation against the annulment and against the military, as Senator he had led the National Assembly to pass a joint resolution that the military must step aside following the June 12 annulment and hand over to a democratic elected president.

For that he was hounded. His house petrol-bombed. But as it turned out, IBB was forced to step aside. However, General Abacha who pushed the ING headed by Chief Shonekan aside and eventually took over power was of the worse form: brutal, repressive and retrogressive.
Asiwaju and others continued to confront the military and to demand the restoration of June 12. Asiwaju moved into exile where he continued the struggle.

Abacha harassed, hounded and clamped down on many pro-democracy activists including journalists. Those lucky not to be killed lost limbs. Many were clamped into detention, their families harassed. NADECO chieftains which included Pa Alfred Rewane was killed. Kudirat Abiola was killed in broad daylight. Late Chief Abraham Adesanya and late Guardian Newspaper Publisher Alex Ibru, among many others, were shot at.

It was during that dark period that Asiwaju granted that interview, when no one was proud of the country. The military were not building, they were simply destroying all that had been built. Everything was in disarray. All committed and highly-principled Nigerians lost belief in their country and hope in her well-ordained future.

Following the agitation of the likes of Asiwaju and co, the military somehow atoned for the criminal annulment of June 12 and brought back democracy, which all of us are enjoying today including the faceless people now condemning Asiwaju for his patriotic stand and for granting that interview that put the military on their toes.
Those who exhumed that interview to score cheap political points should be ashamed of themselves. Nigerians, however, know better and know the courageous and patriotic ones as opposed to those who only pay lip service to patriotism and nationalism.


We know them by their fruit An incurable believer in the entity called Nigeria, will never, under an circumstances, say he has no confidence in Nigeria. This is where Obj, stands out among Yoruba leaders, dead or alive.

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Re: Tinubu's Interview In 1997: Setting The Records Straight - Ademola Oshodi by IamWonderful: 11:52pm On Aug 28, 2020
Only a fool will waste his time on product of baby factories, since they have been shouting and lamenting, Tinubu never answer anyone because it is making him more popular

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Re: Tinubu's Interview In 1997: Setting The Records Straight - Ademola Oshodi by MrColdsweat: 12:06am On Aug 29, 2020
So you mean the same military kanu ran away from and yorubas tagged him a coward, is the same military that tinubu ran away from and his people hail him as jagaban?

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Re: Tinubu's Interview In 1997: Setting The Records Straight - Ademola Oshodi by WoundedLamb: 12:15am On Aug 29, 2020
Lanrelagboi:


It’s proper and helpful to put that interview granted in 1997 when Asiwaju Tinubu was in exile in London in its proper context. I know the story well enough. It was during the military era after the annulment of the June 12 election when Nigeria was a Banana Republic of sort. Every right-thinking Nigeria was exasperated at the way the country was being run and where it was headed.

I'm not big on politics but you don't believe in your country based on situations or conditions. That's not how patriotism works. If everything were good, there wouldn't even be any reason to bring up the subject of if you believe or not. It is only in such hard times that one really knows who believes in Nigeria and who doesn't and he said he didn't. If you say you don't believe in Nigeria when things aren't going your way and then turn around to believe in her when you get what you want, then you must understand the perspective of people who don't believe now because you were once in their shoes.

Anyway, people change. Everyone has the right to have a change of opinion and Tinubu isn't an exception. Just that this kind of statements is strong enough to affect one's political ambitions. And it's not our duty to defend these politicians. They don't care about us. Let's get logical and not emotional. Having a president of one's tribe doesn't put food on one's table. Let's judge by character. If Tinubu is a good man and Nigerians want him, cool. If federal character demands that an Easterner will rule, it's not enough to be from the East, let's the Easterners look for a reputable leader who has the interest of the people at heart. Let's move forward.

Me, I'd say I believe in Nigeria. But I guess I don't have the right to say that since I don't live in Nigeria.

#NoToTribalism

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Re: Tinubu's Interview In 1997: Setting The Records Straight - Ademola Oshodi by Esseite: 5:58am On Aug 29, 2020
There is a twist here, "where was Tinubu in the fight for glory"?

Same Fight MKO was jailed for..
Same Fight Kudirat died for..
Same Fight Alex ibru was shot at..
Same Fight Alfred rewane died for..
Same Fight Gani was imprisoned multiple times..
Same Fight Abraham Adesanya was shot at..

Well...they said he went on self exile..

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Re: Tinubu's Interview In 1997: Setting The Records Straight - Ademola Oshodi by ivandragon: 6:02am On Aug 29, 2020
Op, as much as a person fully deserves to change his/her mind, the context you have presented does not satisfy the statement made at the time.

Won't it be best to post the whole interview?

He would have said he doesn't believe in military rule (which he was fighting against) & not in Nigeria.

Another interesting thing is how there is an effort to put his statement in context... This is the same thing some others have also stated about statements made by some former leaders especially the infamous 'stealing is not corruption'... Now the tables are turned, we are told to 'look at context'... That boat has long since sailed...

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Re: Tinubu's Interview In 1997: Setting The Records Straight - Ademola Oshodi by mayklef(m): 6:04am On Aug 29, 2020
Every SANE person knows this "1Nigeria" was built on deception and fraud....but for selfish abd politic reasons some folks choose to support it
but weither u like it or not,
ODUDUWA REPUBLIC is coning
BIAFRA is coming
HARAM REPUBLIC os coming as well

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Re: Tinubu's Interview In 1997: Setting The Records Straight - Ademola Oshodi by Fheelzz(m): 6:04am On Aug 29, 2020
Oniro ni gbogbo won

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Re: Tinubu's Interview In 1997: Setting The Records Straight - Ademola Oshodi by mimicherry: 6:05am On Aug 29, 2020
Contradictory

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Re: Tinubu's Interview In 1997: Setting The Records Straight - Ademola Oshodi by Beverlyjean(f): 6:06am On Aug 29, 2020
Who is the all that is enjoying today...these guys are m0rons ....what is the difference between now and then?? Its even worse now ... these f00ls were just upset that they dint give them the chance to take control of the national cake... tinubu became governor and looted the state silly... ghe same thing they fought against during the military days... he called those days banana Republic, what do we hv now?? Banana Republic ruled by monkeys...

Nigeria is not one and can never b one ... only lazy people fight for one Nigeria cos they hv nothing in their heads if the country splits...they just wanna rely on oil

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Re: Tinubu's Interview In 1997: Setting The Records Straight - Ademola Oshodi by Olukat(m): 6:07am On Aug 29, 2020
Tinubu believes in nothing but Money shocked
Also, by the actions of Buhari, he doesn't believe in one Nigeria!
GMB will choose Fulani nation over Nigeria anytime! shocked shocked
There's no "one Nigeria" in reality though shocked shocked shocked

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Re: Tinubu's Interview In 1997: Setting The Records Straight - Ademola Oshodi by ironheart(m): 6:07am On Aug 29, 2020
The military did way more better for the common man than the current dispensation. the Military was against selfish interested who where looking for ways to loot the economy, and enrich themselves. History and record always judges us

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Re: Tinubu's Interview In 1997: Setting The Records Straight - Ademola Oshodi by 24SEVEN: 6:07am On Aug 29, 2020
lol

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Re: Tinubu's Interview In 1997: Setting The Records Straight - Ademola Oshodi by EmmanuelDon7(m): 6:08am On Aug 29, 2020
grin
Re: Tinubu's Interview In 1997: Setting The Records Straight - Ademola Oshodi by ipobarethieves: 6:08am On Aug 29, 2020
grin cheesy grin grin cheesy sad fl@theads with their dumbness.That was during Military era not yesterday

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Re: Tinubu's Interview In 1997: Setting The Records Straight - Ademola Oshodi by malele(m): 6:08am On Aug 29, 2020
MrColdsweat:
So you mean the same military kanu ran away from and yorubas tagged him a coward, is the same military that tinubu ran away from and his people hail him as jagaban?

Kanu ran because Dey wanted to kill him for challenging them Wella, tinubu just ran away for no reason

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Re: Tinubu's Interview In 1997: Setting The Records Straight - Ademola Oshodi by ipobarethieves: 6:08am On Aug 29, 2020
undecided

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Re: Tinubu's Interview In 1997: Setting The Records Straight - Ademola Oshodi by Advocate500: 6:08am On Aug 29, 2020
MrColdsweat:
So you mean the same military kanu ran away from and yorubas tagged him a coward, is the same military that tinubu ran away from and his people hail him as jagaban?
u dey mind them.

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Re: Tinubu's Interview In 1997: Setting The Records Straight - Ademola Oshodi by xcesspaschal(m): 6:09am On Aug 29, 2020
U have freedom of speech but freedom after speech, that i can't promise.
Re: Tinubu's Interview In 1997: Setting The Records Straight - Ademola Oshodi by AFULA(m): 6:10am On Aug 29, 2020
okay

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Re: Tinubu's Interview In 1997: Setting The Records Straight - Ademola Oshodi by Fleshly: 6:11am On Aug 29, 2020
Tinubu was a thief, he's is a thief and he will be a thief!

Let that sink, and stop being a paid advocate for the bourdillon bullion van.

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Re: Tinubu's Interview In 1997: Setting The Records Straight - Ademola Oshodi by Jaapu: 6:12am On Aug 29, 2020
I don't like Tinubu and I don't admire him.

I would have preferred Osinbanjo to be our next president.

But the way this never to do well people carry the man matter for head all because of hate and bigotry. I will definitely won't give a Bleep if he becomes the next president.

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Re: Tinubu's Interview In 1997: Setting The Records Straight - Ademola Oshodi by GreaterFuture1(m): 6:12am On Aug 29, 2020
Commenting on a Politics thread, a waste of time and MB

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Re: Tinubu's Interview In 1997: Setting The Records Straight - Ademola Oshodi by ipobarethieves: 6:12am On Aug 29, 2020
grin dey are looking for anything/everything to use to nail the man but God pass dem.They even gathered and dance shamelessly to Rhino rhythm

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Re: Tinubu's Interview In 1997: Setting The Records Straight - Ademola Oshodi by donprinyo(m): 6:12am On Aug 29, 2020
Only the dumbest set of people don't know what diz people want.

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