Why I can never disrespect Tinubu — Kayode Fayemi

Bola Tinubu
Bola Tinubu

The Minister of Solid Minerals and Steel Development on Sunday said he would never abuse or disrespect former Lagos Governor, Bola Tinubu, because the politician remained a leader he would continue to hold in high esteem.

“Dr. Fayemi subscribes to the highest moral and ethical standard of the Yoruba and as such would not speak evil or seek to demean Asiwaju Tinubu or any of our respected leaders under no circumstance whatsoever,” the minister said via a statement by his special assistant on media, Olayinka Oyebode.              

“For the avoidance of doubt, Dr. Fayemi has always held and will continue to hold Asiwaju Tinubu in high esteem. 

“The bond that exists between them dates back to decades of cordial relationship and no peddler of falsehood or group of blackmailers hiding under the guise of politics can put asunder.”

The minister was reacting to  a false report on a website, with headline : “Tinubu as a leader is responsible for his misfortunes, says Fayemi.”            
“The highly mischievous and malicious report is nothing but a tissue of lies,” Mr. Fayemi said in his statement, sent to PREMIUM TIMES Sunday.        

“It must be stressed that Dr. Kayode Fayemi never granted any interview where he made disparaging comments about the person of our highly revered leader Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.”                        
There are widespread speculations in Nigeria that Messrs Tinubu and Fayemi belonged to different camps in the governing All Progressives Congress.

Mr. Fayemi was a protege of the former Lagos governor, but the two fell apart after the last governorship election in Ekiti State, which the minister, then an incumbent, lost.

The real reason for the collapse of the cordial relationship between the two politicians remained unclear. 

But there are suggestions that Mr. Tinubu accused Mr. Fayemi of disloyalty.

On his part, Mr. Fayemi was said to have become angry with Mr. Tinubu for not supporting him enough in the governorship election he lost to Ayo Fayose of the Peoples Democratic Party.  


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  • Local Observer

    Premium Times Editor,

    Bola Tinubu is sweating and searching for himself

    Bola Ahmed Tinubu is still panting and sweating
    to make the dead walk, by staging a protest march in a show of force
    last weekend in Lagos, just to prove he’s not yet died, politically, after he
    entered into alliance with Muhamadu Buhari to form the most useless
    political party in Nigerian history – called APC. Bola Tinubu entered into
    that alliance with an empty head and he’s now worse for it. He entered
    the alliance as senior partner with four [4] states whilst Buhari’s CPC
    faction had just one [1] state then.

    But after conceding the presidential slot to Muhamadu Buhari, on the false
    calculation that he’d automatically be picked as the Vice Presidential candidate,
    Bola Tinubu was shoddily rejected as running mate, as Buhari instead went on to
    win 18 northern states to turn the tables against Bola Tinubu – whose ACN faction
    instantly became the junior and an irrelevant partner in APC then on.

    A year later, Bola Tinubu now has control of just two states – Oshun and Lagos states –
    with the Buhari faction controlling both Ogun and Oyo states in Yorubaland. If APC wins
    the upcoming Ondo governorship election and goes on to win both the Ekiti and Oshun
    state governorships in two years’ time, Buhari will be going into the 2019 presidential election
    with majority five [5] states in Yorubaland. That will effectively lay Bola Ahmed Tinubu to rest
    in perfect peace – with just Lagos state to count on. Fools die!

    • t_akins

      @Shamsuddeen Shehu Saeed:disqus : You people are saying Bola Tinubu has an empty head. Na today? Did he go
      to school in the first place? How can you call Bola Tinubu a politician if he did not go to school? Look, he is not a politician, but just a journeyman or an apprentice hassling for money. Since 1999 what single political thought has Bola Tinubu come up with by himself? None! What economic thought has Bola Tinubu come up with ? None!

      So, how can such a dunce be called a politician?

      Let me tell you. A politician means somebody with a healthy mind inside a healthy body. A healthy mind does not
      STEAL. All these people you see in Nigeria there’s no single politician amongst them. Barack Obama of America,
      for example, is a politician, because he can think and he thinks. But not people like Bola Tinubu, Raji Fashola, Kayode Fayemi or Muhamadu Buhari – those ones are just riff-raff pretending to be politicians without having
      the healthy mind to do any rigorous thinking.

      Most of these useless creatures in Nigeria are just career criminals – hardened thieves dressed in false robes as politicians, they are not politicians, just pure thieves. Until Nigerians rise up and kill the treasury thieves who stole and destroyed the country, honest Nigerians will continue to sink in tears and sorrow.

      • Grammarian2000

        EDITOR SIR,

        Accord me
        the latitude in your organogram to pontificate that Bola Tinubu is neither a
        human being nor a beast but an insidious admixture of both in a toxic mix of deleterious,
        gargantuan proportion too deadly to be further tolerated by Nigeria’s fainting and comatose
        plus dying polity, whereas, the edifices of the prisons plaintively beckon with tintinnabulations
        to Bola Ahmed Tinubu to come hither and take his deserved place inside a darkling crevice of
        the penumbra of better-forgotten history. Thank you.

        • Observer

          stupendous write up… go to school you no gree… what are you communicating now? mtcheew

    • t_akins

      @shamsuddeenshehusaeed:disqus

      You people are saying Bola Tinubu has an empty head. Na today? Did he go to school in the first place? How can you call Bola Tinubu a politician if he did not go to school? Look, he is not a politician, but just a journeyman or an apprentice hassling for money. Since 1999 what single political thought has Bola Tinubu come up with by himself? None! What economic thought has Bola Tinubu come up with ? None!

      So, how can such a dunce be called a politician?

      Let me tell you. A politician means somebody with a healthy mind inside a healthy body. A healthy mind does not
      STEAL. All these people you see in Nigeria there’s no single politician amongst them. Barack Obama of America,
      for example, is a politician, because he can think and he thinks. But not people like Bola Tinubu, Raji Fashola, Kayode Fayemi or Muhamadu Buhari – those ones are just riff-raff pretending to be politicians without having
      the healthy mind to do any rigorous thinking. Most of these useless creatures in Nigeria are just career criminals – hardened thieves dressed in false robes as politicians, they are not politicians, just pure thieves.

      • Pastor J. J. Jones

        “Anyone who guards himself prudently will stay far from the crooked.
        Brethren, you shall not steal. Theft entails deceit; and in a heart where
        the spirit of deceit is, there, the spirit of God cannot be.

        For what shall it profit a man if he shall gain the whole world and lose his own soul?
        The getting of treasures by a lying tongue is a vanity tossed to and fro of those who
        seek death. There are thorns and snares on the path of the crooked.”

      • Observer

        what a narrow minded buffoon… well, you are a true follower of GEJ… we know his title

    • Observer

      yes, the most useless political party that sent your Powerful PDP and the ineffectual buffoon packing..lol

  • Shamsuddeen Shehu Saeed

    is d mistake which bola tinibu did,but it is n’t yet late 4 him 2 fined way out 4him self& pple bcos dey betrey him & took bad ministers,governors,advicers closer 2 him which ar n’t ready 2 give chance 4 d youth &employed dem 2 get job pple like Adamu Adamu & Odas.

    • A.A Pablus

      BOLA TINUBU WILL BE CITED AS BAD EXAMPLE FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS IN YORUBALAND

      THAT A POLITICAL PARTY MUST NEVER AGAIN BE BASED ON “A COALITION OF MUSLIMS”,

      OR MUST ANY POLITICAL PARTY IN YORUBALAND EVER BE FORMED FOR MUSLIM RULE.

      • Omoroyo

        Christian Pastors are too naive to wave brooms like lunatics in the afternoon behind Islamic Jihadists.
        The APC Islamism is bare-faced. APC Islamism is not hidden. There is Alhaja Abike-Dabiri. Then, you have
        have Alhaji Femi Gbajabiamila. Followed by Alhaji Ashafa. And so on and so forth – representing Lagos
        state in the Parliament at the time, as if Lagos state is an Islamic state.

        Not only that O! Lagos Muslims simultaneously monopolize both the post of attorney-general and Speaker of Lagos House of Assembly since 2003. Can I go on? Please, stop worrying about Lagos Christians –
        they are too daft.

        • Observer

          s’oro ni yen

  • Sb

    All the faceless wailers and ipod jokers here abusing BAT make me laugh…
    Several facts remain sacrosanct:
    1. Neither you, your miserable destiny nor your parents can ever become half the man BAT was or is from treasurer of Mobil, to senator, to fighting off Abacha, to governor to party leader….
    2. BAT sent GEJ packing; deal with it elections were won and lost more than a year ago.
    3. You discuss, dream, sleep, wake, worry and envy Tinubu daily, yet he ignores your miserable existence.
    4. BAT is smarter than you!
    5. You all need to get a life ……. lol

    • Facts & Figures

      Treasurer of Mobil Nigeria is a cashier. Go and find out. It is not a management post. That is number one.
      Bola Tinubu did not fight off General Abacha. He has no claim or credit for that. A conspiratorial force
      that finished off General Abacha was not even known to Bola Tinubu. That is number two. Now, the
      2015 election was the worst outing for Bola Tinubu who described himself as Leader of APC.
      Go and see the result. In all the six (6) states of Yorubaland the total votes showed that
      Bola Tinubu’s APC had only 500,000 more votes against an Ijaw man called Jonathan,
      if you add up all the votes in all the six Yoruba states. Is that a Yoruba Leader?
      See how President Buhari shoved Tinubu aside today – to take over Yorubaland.
      Bola Tinubu is not a leader. He is a born follower – always looking for a leader.

      • DTaj

        Guy, you are so wrong. Check your facts. Tinubu, as a Treasurer at Mobil, was a senior management staff, and not a cashier as you ignorantly (and mischievously) stated.

        Tinubu was on the same management team at Mobil with Pius Akinyelure from Ondo state. He joined Mobil Nigeria with a CPA from the US (Certified Public Accountant in the US, equivalent to ICAN’s ACA in Nigeria), after several years of experience as an auditor/accountant/consultant at Dale and Co. and Arthur Andersen in the US.

        You may hate Tinubu (I’m not his major fan too) but please, do not lie about what you know nothing about!

        • Facts & Figures

          You are a liar. The America List of CPA qualified accountants has no Bola Tinubu there.

      • Alowonle Odunbaku

        It is unfortunate how some people comments regarding the issues between Tinubu and Buhari. It is either they are ignorance of the matters or basically they are just commenting based for their hatred for Tinubu. It was a known facts that Buhari has been contesting for elections and not succeeding until Tinubu came on-board. Now, lets look at the real story. At APC primary election, most of the Northern Caucuses voted for Atiku and former Kano governor, i cannot remember his name. According to the information i read, Buhari succeeded in getting the nomination as a result of ACN backing. If Buhari did not got the nomination there’s no way he could become the president. Therefore, whatever results he got from the South West at the general election was immaterial. Another point to raise is that as far as APC is concern today, it is a coalition government. All the Political parties that formed are all stakeholders. So, it was wrong for Buhari to choose anybody from South West as Minister or whatever without Tinubu approval, because that’s his territory. There was nothing like use and dump as some people are saying, Buhari was simply not playing the game as it should be. I think someone need to educate Buhari what coalition government means. I don’t have any association with Tinubu, but the way some people are trying to undermined him including what happens in Ondo, i have no apology to anybody than to say i Stand with Tinubu.

  • sammyctu ode

    Dr. Fayemi I can vouch for you anytime and anywhere that you can NEVER disrespect Tinubu cos that’s not your trait and upbringing. You are what we Yorubas call OMOLUABI unlike deranged fayose, ffk, obanikoro and a host of other corrupt evil Yoruba boys (not men) who were never trained from their youth. You are a well cultured Nigerian and Yoruba man.

  • thusspokez

    The Minister of Solid Minerals and Steel Development on Sunday said he would never abuse or disrespect former Lagos Governor, Bola Tinubu, because the politician remained a leader he would continue to hold in high esteem.

    Yawn!!! Who gives a damn? So much drama with these people. The national stage is for serious business and should not be a place for their usual village drama and petty squabbles.

  • emailofemi

    Some (if not many) Nigeria online commentators are politically naive or deliberately mischievous with thier commentaries.Those throwing all sort of thrash at BAT today, for supporting the merger of the major opposition parties and the eventual victory of the APC,would have come here today to castigate him if he had not done so and the PDP won. It would have been : “selfish Tinubu,he had the opportunity to rescue Nigeria form the grip of the PDP but work against the alliance of the opposition parties”,… ” if Tinubu had supported the merger ni we won’t be where we are today” etc.
    There are highs and lows in politics, BAT is at the low today but that does not mean the end of his political career, that PMB is at the high now does not make him smarter nor wiser; PMB was at the low for years, i’ll leave him to enjoy his high , I hope he manages it well because Nigerians will judge him at the end.