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How Buhari reacted to Tinubu’s Emilokan speech — Femi Adesina

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Femi Adesina, the former spokesperson to ex-President Muhammadu Buhari, has revealed how his principal reacted to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s ‘Emilokan’ campaign speech.

Tinubu, 2022, who was then a presidential aspirant, was speaking at a parley with delegates of his party, the APC, in Ogun State when he made the ‘Emilokan’ remark.

Before the remark, he had said Buhari wouldn’t have been President if he did not support in 2015.

The ex-presidential media aide said they were about to leave Spain for Nigeria when he saw Tinubu’s speech online. 

He wrote: “The visit concluded, and we were to return home on Friday, June 3, when the social media exploded with reports from Nigeria of comments made at a public event in Abeokuta, Ogun State, by Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the APC National Leader and an aspirant for President in the forthcoming party primary.

“Asiwaju Tinubu said many things, but what touched on President Buhari directly was that without him (Asiwaju), Buhari would never have been President and that it was now his own turn to rule. Emilokan, my turn, in Yoruba language.

“We, the principal aides of the President, were in a dilemma on how to brief the President on what had happened, as it would not be right for him to get to Nigeria and be reading different versions and interpretations of what happened, which may be right or wrong.

“Myself, Ambassador Kazaure, (SCOP), Chief Security Officer to the President, Idris Ahmed Kasim, Mohammed Sarki Abba, Dr. Suhayb Rafindadi, Col. Yusuf Dodo, the Aide-De-Camp, and Tunde Sabiu, Special Assistant, put heads together, and decided that I should brief the President when we were airborne to Abuja. The motive was so that he would not get varied and possibly distorted versions.

“Few minutes into the flight, I approached the President and said I needed to bring him up to speed on something major that had happened back home.”

He added, “Ever a willing listener, the President told me to go ahead. I did a summary of the Emilokan speech, and when I ended, the President ruminated for some moments and responded: ‘Asiwaju said all that? Thank you for coming to brief me.”

 

 

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