London surgery: Why Yoruba leaders in Buhari’s Govt failed to see Tinubu
Controversy is gradually brewing over why some Yoruba leaders serving under the Buhari administration failed to visit Asiwaju Tinubu, one of the national leaders of the APC in London while he was sick.
Already, there have been reactions on the social media, with some saying that those who can be considered as political assets or beneficiaries of the kindness of the Yoruba leader, simply turned their backs when he really needed them.
Tinubu who was away in the United Kingdom where he underwent a knee surgery recently returned safely to Nigeria.
While out of the country, none of the prominent Yoruba leaders serving in the national government, including Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo; Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola; Minister of Works, and Babatunde Raji Fashola; paid him a get-well visit.
Tinubu’s return to the country appears to have sparked off debates pertaining to the conduct of Tinubu’s close allies in the ruling party that are working with President Muhammadu Buhari.
Buhari had reached out to the APC leader while on a visit to the UK himself.
Recall that a picture released by the Presidency, showing Tinubu clutching a walking stick, had sparked off a row, with most Tinubu sympathizers imputing political undertones.
Is it possible that the visit of the President as Head of government could have precluded further visits from subordinates working with him?
An aide to a former governor who is currently serving as a Minister in Buhari’s administration thinks so.
Sola Fasure, Media Adviser to Aregbesola, said in response to online remarks that the minister was unable to visit Tinubu in London due to considerations that are tied to official protocol.
“If the President has gone, no Minister, not even the Vice President, can go”, Fasure observed.
Commenting on the relationship between his principal and the APC leader, the media aide noted, “Tinubu and Aregbesola are in constant talk. The last time they talked, it lasted for more than one hour. There is no other reason for him (Aregbesola) not to visit Tinubu than just protocol.”
“Anybody or group of persons who wants to make (a) case out of the visitation issue is either ignorant or mischievous.
“Anyway, I can see ignorance and mischief from some of the posts I read online concerning the visitation”, the aide added.
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