Nigeria: Life is not about educating a section of society – Tinubu
All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu says life is not about educating one part of society.
He spoke at the presentation of the book “Mr. President” and the unveiling of the Legislative Mentoring Initiative to mark the 60th birthday of President Femi Gbajabiamila in Abuja.
Tinubu praised Gbajabiamila for his contribution to his emergence as the party’s standard bearer.
He said: “As a leader of a minority, he (Gbajabiamila) consulted extensively and he is always there to see the thought of the opposition that we need to bring a revolution to the House in order to defeat the PDP. And then he will constantly reflect on the political strategy.
“When he was challenged for the position of chairman, I think after our merger he worked tirelessly with me. Femi is a workaholic. The problem of failure stared him in the face. He lost the election to become president.
“I was on the verge of tears. Stomping my foot on the ground, I said ‘we’re going to win again. Femi keep going. Get up.’ I am very proud of you, you have done, you have not given up, you have done the opposition and the support work, you have demonstrated what we have learned from textbooks and other authors.
“This life is not about the upbringing of any part of society. Remember what we discussed about paying WAEC fees of omo iya oniboli (the son of the woman who roasts the plantain) , and my mother was then alive, asking me to see every time I give her money, it does not last.
“And I said whatever you do with the money, I don’t know. Mom will say no, those women there, they are mothers, they want to pay the WAEC fees. And Femi was one of the first people that I consulted. Are we going to say that the children of the poor don’t deserve to become governors, doctors and engineers? I said I was afraid. He said to do it. That’s how a younger brother can inspire a superior leader.
The Lagos-born politician’s statement comes amid his alleged certificate scandal.
Daily Trust had reported how Tinubu had told the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) that his school certificates had been stolen by unknown persons during military rule.
The former governor of Lagos said as much in an affidavit submitted to INEC as part of his eligibility filings for the 2023 presidential elections.
In documents released on Friday, Tinubu left his primary and secondary education columns unmarked.
Tinubu, however, noted that he earned a degree in business and administration in 1979 from Chicago State University.