By Eric Elezuo
The whereabouts of the once prolific kingmaker, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has in last couple of months, come to question, infact shrouded in mystery.
It is not known where the edified Jagaban Borgu of Niger State, and by extension of Nigeria, has hidden his head even as the vibrations of the 2019 elections continue to rock the ears of all and sundry. The only sign of the man, who is known as a detailed strategist, is the voice of his media aide, Tunde Rahman.
The silence of Bola Tinubu as this stage of Nigeria’s political history could be compared to the silence of the lamb, which in his undefined status, has a lot up his sleeves. However, events have come to the political fore that could have initiated reaction from the two term governor of Lagos State, but he kept quiet. It would be recalled that recently, a former interim Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Chief Bisi Akande, rocked the boat of the APC with his comments on the presidential ticket of the APCwhich he said was not automatic, yet Tinubu did not react.
But believers in the Asiwaju has come to agree to the fact that Tinubu, who may have been silent to many, may indeed have been speaking through his core loyalists including Baba Akande. Baba Akande’s voice may as well have been Tinubu’s body language.
Again, recently, another core loyalist of the Tinubu hegemony and Chairman of Editorial Board of Nation’s Newspapers, Sam Omatseye, spoke distinctly, attacking President Mohammadu Buhari of ineptitude and incompetence. Again, many believed it was the voice of Omatseye, but the hand of Tinubu.
Known to have achieved whatever he set his mind to achieve, Tinubu, who it is not known whether he is in London, Chicago or Bourdillon, where he is the landlord, could be weaving another king making basket, having appeared to be schemed out of the previous ones he weaved in 2015 that brought Buhari to power, albeit undeservedly.
According to Mrs. Aisha Buhari, the President’s wife “My husband, General Muhammadu Buhari has been contesting presidential elections for over a decade now, but this particular election is unique because our leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu jettisoned his personal interest for the sake of Nigeria.”
Not only that, Tinubu achieved that singular feat, and foisted Buhari on Nigerians, a move many have described as not for the love of Buhari, but for the hate of Goodluck Jonathan and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
That singular feat catapulted him to the pinnacle of respect in the Nigeria body polity. Even those that despised him could not but agree that the man is quite a planner, and went ahead to admire him.
But all that is in the past now as the trained accountant, who stood against former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s eight years of intimidation as Lagos State governor, is nowhere to be found in the political equilibrium of both Nigeria and the APC. Some mischief makers have even added the South West to the areas Tinubu is conspicuously losing.
Yes, he lent his voice to congratulate the new Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland, Chief Gani Adams, as he was so pronounced by the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi. Though the same mischief makers claimed that Tinubu was disappointed at the announcement since he expected to be so named, Mr. Rahman sent out his congratulatory messge,saying Adams deserved the position.
Tinubu may be nowhere to found at the moment, but his voice is still ringing louder than the church through his intermediaries. The possibility of his running for the presidency or presenting who will run seems to be the unspoken (body) language of the man who defile the Federal Government to create additional 30 local governments to bring to 57 the local government areas in Lagos.
In April, Tinubu, disclosed he would publish a book detailing how the then incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan was defeated by the opposition APC at the launch of “Against the run of Play”, a book written by Olusegun Adeniyi, spokesperson to former President Umar Yar’adua, in Lagos. It is believed that the book will reveal a little of his master strokes in strategy. Sadly enough, Rahman was on hand to make the disclosure.
“The book will tell how he was able to mould the APC to the extent that it was able to unseat an incumbent president for the first time in the history of our contemporary politics.”
Tinubu is facing the toughest war of his political history, but feelers from a good number of his supporters agree that nothing has gone wrong, even with the non-inclusion of his booming voice in policy making. He is practically nowhere to be found this period; he is like a soldier that went on AWOL, but voices from the jungle are saying that the Jagaban is very much available.
Still, Nigerians ask, where is Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu?