July 14, 2024

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How Does Tinubu Make His money? How Old Is He? Journalist Asks

Public scrutiny and tough questions are sprouting up following Asiwaju Bola Ahmed’s declaration of his ambition to run for the country’s president in 2023 on Monday, January 10.In an Arise News TV’s interview, there was a back and forth between the director-general of the Tinubu Support Management Council, Abdulmumin Jibrin, and one of the interviewers, Rufai Oseni. Oseni had asked Jibrin, a former member of the House of Representatives, about Tinubu’s source of wealth, the cash-carrying bullion van and his age. Rather than answer the questions, Jibrin repeatedly snubbed them, saying facts will be presented when campaigns fully begin.

The journalist persisted, asking: “How”? Responding, Jibrin said he would continue to give the same response if the questions were asked again. He said: “When you continue to repeat the question, you will get the same answer. These are all trash from the internet that people put together and we will not elevate such conversation. “But when the campaign commences, we will bring out facts and figures before Nigerians but we will not create a narrative for them.”

Regarding his age, Tinubu on Monday, March 29, 2021, celebrated his birthday, and a colloquium was hosted to mark the day. His age is known to be 69. However, the APC leader’s critics claim he is older than 69. Meanwhile, on the eve of the 2019 general elections, viral pictures on social media showed two bullion vans driving into Tinubu’s residence in Lagos. In February 2019, Tinubu confirmed that the bullion vans seen at his residence were not carrying ballot papers, but money, which belonged to him, and not for any government agency.

He was quoted to have said: “Bullion vans? Are those ballot paper? “Excuse me, is it my money or government money? I don’t work for government, I am not in [any] agency of government. Let anybody come out to say I have taken any contract from the government of President Muhammadu Buhari in the last five years.”

Instead of the questions on age and wealth, Jibrin said the focus should be on the presidential aspirant’s capacity and competence. He also said that being a good leader is not a function of age.