I'm not muzzled by barrel of the gun, Tinubu tells FG

Bola Tinubu

Asiwaju Bola Tinubu , National Leader All Progressives Congress

*says the guns and bullets should be used to defeat Boko Haram

Asiwaju Bola Tinubu , National Leader All Progressives Congress
Asiwaju Bola Tinubu , National Leader All Progressives Congress

Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, former governor of Lagos state has stated that he is not scared of the heavy presence of combat ready soldiers at his Bourdillon residence in Ikoyi, Lagos state.

Tinubu, a national leader of the main opposition party in Nigeria, All Progressives Congress (APC) raised alarm on Tuesday following three consecutive days of surveillance on his home by combat soldiers.

But in reaction the petit crusader of democracy said he will not be intimidated by this show of strength, intimidation and possible harassment. “I remain resolute in my advocacy and support for the rule of law. Jonathan’s government has through the service chiefs staged a coup against Nigerians and the constitution and now wants to silence his critics. I will not be muzzled through the barrel of the gun. The guns and bullets they should use to defeat Boko Haram are now being turned against the opposition and innocent Nigerians,” he said in a statement issued by his Media Team.

His media team noted that: “Tinubu remains emphatically resolute and committed to the path of change in Nigeria and the liberating manifesto of the All Progressives Party, APC. Tinubu is an unrelenting critic of the maladministration of the Jonathan-led PDP government. Tinubu is credited to have played the most pivotal role in the re-building of the Nigerian opposition and the formation of the APC, Nigeria’s most formidable opposition party since independence.”

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“The exact mission of the soldiers is not known but it fits clearly into a new pattern of intimidation of leaders of the APC and the opposition. The recent massing of soldiers for three days now at Tinubu’s gate might be part of a broader plan by the Jonathan Presidency to intimidate Tinubu and his political associates and scare him from making provocative statements or building a broad coalition against the present government as he did during the NADECO days.”

“As the scaremongering by the army continues, Nigerians must come to the realization that the military has abandoned its statutory role and have now being dragged into partisan politics. Nigerians and the South West should hold the Jonathan led Military responsible if any harm or danger comes to Tinubu and his family. The case of the “Unknown Soldier” is too recent in our memory,” the statement read.

Similarly, Lagos state governor, Babatunde Fashola said they refused to be intimidated. “In the last three days, they deployed soldiers to the home of Asiwaju. Every night now, they send a truck load of soldiers to his home. But I have news for them, we will not be intimidated by their actions.

“Our votes will speak for us. Let me remind them that if Yar’Adua was alive, the owner of this mandate, he will be preparing to leave the office now. When President Goodluck Jonathan was seeking for our votes in 2011, he didn’t deploy soldiers to our homes rather he was begging us,” he said.

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