The social media is buzzing with reactions of Nigerians over clips of the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu delegating some of his allies, including serving governors and lawmakers, to answer critical questions posed by participants at Chatham House in London, the United Kingdom on Monday.
Recall that the APC flagbearer had been accused by his opponents of dodging the Arise News Town Hall meeting on Monday by jetting out to London to speak to an audience at the world-leading policy institute and think-tank forum, who will not vote in the 2023 election.
Some of those who answered questions on Tinubu’s behalf include the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila; Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai; former Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi; APC national women’s leader, Dr Betta Edu; former Commissioner for Finance in Lagos, Wale Edun; amongst others.
This poured fuel to the rumours about the physical and mental state of Mr. Tinubu, against the backdrop of his frequents gaffes on the campaign trail.
The former governor of Lagos State however claimed that he adopted the delegation method “to show the team and the capacity that we have”.
Nevertheless, he used the event to disclose some of his plans for the major sectors – defense, economy, education, and technology.
On education, Tinubu promised to provide student loans and reform the Almajiri educational system practiced in northern Nigeria.
He further promised to recruit and train more teachers to boost education.
“There will be student loans. We are going to reform the Almajiri system. We’ll equally build more schools, recruit more teachers and train them,” he said.
Tinubu also said his government will introduce technology hubs for youths to acquire digital skills.
Mr. El-Rufai, who answered questions on security, said banditry, terrorism, separatism, and oil theft require a new approach including increasing the number of security operatives.
Alake, on his part, answered question on how Tinubu plans to lift Nigerians out of poverty if elected. “The key to his policy for increasing economic growth is to enable the private sector to make the investment that will increase productivity, grow the economy, create the jobs, and reduce poverty,” he said.
In any case, Nigerians have taken to the social media to condemn Tinubu’s shifting of questions to his allies.
“Real enemies of this country now is those peoples busy supporting this tinubu,” Uchechukwu Elijah Ogoke commented on a clip on Facebook by Ohamadike TV.
@Harrison C Martin “ jagaban don act another comedy today ooo Nigerians please make una come carry una incoming president oo “
@Sheryph Olaniran Hollarkhunlley “This man has PhD in talking rubbish.”
@Peter Oneshioagbe “Oops… God have mercy!”
@Ayo John “Bola Tinubu is now an international embarrassment.”