BOLA TINUBU: Do You Look In The Mirror At All, Sir By Olawale Olaleye.

Bola Tinubu & Muhammadu Buhari.

Asiwaju Bola Tinubu’s penchant for always hitting at former President Olusegun Obasanjo at every given opportunity is to say the least, laughable. Honestly and this is without prejudice, there are certain topics Tinubu is not qualified to speak on and one of such is corruption. Definitely not in this life!


The Yoruba say, “Ti oju akata ba l’ewo, ko gba enu ediye”, meaning it is not in the place of the chicken to point out the swelling/redness in the eye of the fox. They do not belong to the same family and would never roll together. The chicken is thus expected to apply wisdom and know its place, because in the animal kingdom, the fox is a senior citizen and by all standards. 

Tinubu’s recent grandstanding at a rally of the APC, calling Obasanjo names in the wake of his latest letter to President Muhammadu Buhari is befuddling. Tinubu, call Obasanjo a thief and grandfather of corruption? Chai, Nigeria is truly dead and merely waiting to be lowered into the mother earth. 

A man so rich yet has no identifiable source of livelihood; a man who literally owns almost half of Lagos and yet, none can be traced to him; a man who owns businesses that almost the entire universe knows are his but are not tied to him in any form or shape? 

Talk about Alpha Beta and you won’t find him there. Raise the matter of The Nation and he is not anywhere close or is it TV Continental? The handlers would simply ask you to verify from CAC and see if he has anything to do with them.

Yet, this same individual, who is leading the campaign of Mr. Integrity, flies Private Jets that are his. Nobody knows of any employing industry that is his and he has been in and within the corridors of power since 1999 – unbroken – and he thinks he is qualified to dis Obasanjo? How? 

You don’t have to like him, but it only takes a few sensible individuals to know that Tinubu and Obasanjo aren’t mates – not in terms of age but also of integrity and decent name-recognition. And when I say sensible folks, I'm not talking about people, who deify him because they think he and not God made them.

But when a Tinubu with unbridled greed and blind aspiration mounts the soap box to talk about corruption, progressivism and a new Nigeria, you certainly do not need a Pastor Adeboye or TB Joshua to tell you that a society that glorifies his ilk cannot progress. That’s impossibility plus cannot! 

Another saying in Yoruba asserts that the scrotal sacks of two individuals could weigh equally, they certainly boast different strengths. Epon le to’ra won, awo e yi ju’ra won lo. 

Call him whatever name you choose, Obasanjo, in spite of his palpable foibles and attitudinal inadequacies, stands in a far more decent place than their Tinubu of the universe and in all respects. 

You can now argue with your keypads, all ye e-rats!



Olawale Olaleye writes for ThisDay Newspapers.