Asiwaju Tinubu, Afenifere and The Alliance for Democracy (AD)

by Fatai Alimi
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Wole Soyinka on Tinubu

Without Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the movement against dictatorship in Nigeria by NADECO would not have survived. This is very weighty, and it underscores the importance of Bola Tinubu in the struggle to returning Nigeria back to democracy

Many may want to dispute it, but this was a very rare revelation made by Professor Wole Soyinka in his speech as the Chairman of Bola Tinubu 5th Colloquium. Among other things, Soyinka revealed that Bola Tinubu was at the forefront of the struggles by NADECO to return Nigeria to participatory democracy, and the struggles paid off. Nigeria is now in a democracy.

But when the struggle was about to go south because of the paucity of funds, Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu came to their rescue. He was the one who dug up a way out of nowhere, and that led them out of the crossroads.

In the account of Chief Bisi Akande, Afenifere was established in 1993 at the Bodija, Ibadan, home of late Second Republic Governor of Oyo State, Chief Bola Ige, but the creation of AD was hinged on the success of the struggles that returned Nigeria back to democracy, of which Tinubu was an undeniable foot soldier. In actual fact, Asiwaju was a founding member and a major stakeholder of the AD.

But since the demise of Chief Bola ige, the true founder of Afenifere, it seems everything has never remained the same with the group. Some people wanted to remain as sectional champions, but Tinubu saw a larger picture of one Nigeria and decided to move on with the tides of national politics. Their ideologies weren’t the same anymore, and so there was no point for him to remain with them anymore.

It is now laughable that some poor students of history are pointing accusing fingers at Jagaban for moving away from Afenifere and the AD based on the conflict of political beliefs and ideologies. The fact remains that the separation was hinged on mutual consent and irreconciliable diferences in their political views and ideologies, but not as an act of betrayal. Let’s get our facts right.

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