Like him or loathe him, you have to give it to him.. I have come to respect the Jagaban @ 64…he is one master political tactician. I have my personal views on the man himself and his tactics. These are personal, but I will never stop admiring how he has been able to win consistently. He knows Nigerians and how to play politics in Nigeria. It doesn’t look likely that his influence in Nigeria will diminish very soon.
With all wine or beer glasses raised, to the Jagaban, here is wishing you a Happy Birthday sir. I know I will soon have the honour to get to have a one-on-one chat with you on Nigeria Real podcast. – Jide Salu
The Jagaban @ 64 by Olusegun Adeniyi.
As birthday goes, 64 is ordinarily not a landmark that people celebrate. But if you are a Jagaban, you can almost pick any day you like and turn it into an item in the national calendar. That is the significance of the 8th Annual Bola Tinubu Colloquium which held in Abuja on Tuesday to mark the 64th birthday of the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Leader. From President Muhammadu Buhari to his arch-opponent, Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti State, so much has been said about Tinubu that there is hardly any adjective left with which to pour encomiums on the Asiwaju of Lagos.
Incidentally, I have known Tinubu ever since his first foray into politics in the aborted Third Republic; with his election into the Senate in 1991 through his tenure as Governor of Lagos State (from 1999 to 2007) where he laid the foundation for the transformation of the megacity. What I particularly find most fascinating about him is how he has been able to build a formidable political machine that started from Lagos, before taking the South-west until he helped to galvanize a national coalition that toppled an incumbent president.
Without any doubt, Tinubu has moved from being just another Nigerian politician to becoming a subject worthy of serious academic interrogation and I am sure many people will take up that task in future. I wish him many more years of patriotic service to our dear country.