Comparing Tinubu To Awolowo Is Insulting, Degrading- Adebanjo

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Afenifere leader, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, has come for those who
have been saying one of APC National leaders and former Governor of Lagos State,
Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu is now the leader of the Yoruba race, saying they
know nothing about what they are talking about, and saying Awolowo passed the
mantle to him is insulting and degrading. He said how can a name like that of Tinubu
come up when we have the likes of Wole Soyinka, others who are more relevant in
Yoruba land. He actually came for Tinubu in a way no one has come for him
before, too dramatic…

That is part of the nonsense being peddled by the media. How
can Tinubu be the leader of the Yoruba race? The background of Awolowo’s
leadership was never because he was in government. It was his integrity and
track record. Now, they are calling Tinubu the leader because he won an
election. Is that the qualification for Yoruba leadership? There is no way you
can compare Tinubu with Awolowo and I regard it as an insult. What is the
knowledge of Tinubu? How many books has he published? Awolowo propounded theories
and established philosophies such that a former Prime Minister of the United
Kingdom, Harold Wilson, said Awolowo was qualified to rule America. Even though
Awolowo was the leader of the opposition, the then President, Shehu Shagari,
honoured him with the Grand Commander of the Federal Republic title despite the
fact that the title is preserved only for Heads of State. That shows you the
pedigree of Awolowo. What of the background of Awolowo? Can we say the same of
Tinubu? Comparing Awolowo to Tinubu is bringing Yoruba leadership to the
ground. When did Tinubu come into prominence? Awolowo fought colonialism for
years. But because Tinubu just won an election, those he has put in positions
are now shouting ‘leader’. All those calling Tinubu Yoruba leader are his
creations. They are Tinubu apologists. They are the ones he made governors and
appointed commissioners. No prominent, self-respecting Yoruba man will accept
Tinubu as a leader. How can Tinubu be a leader in a country where Prof. Wole
Soyinka and others are? We have bigger characters in Yoruba land, he said to
Punch.

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