Who is Bola Ahmed Tinubu?
Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu is the president-elect of Nigeria following the February 25, 2023 presidential election.
Tinubu is a native of Osun State. He came out of his mother’s loins, Abibatu Mogaji, on 29th March 1952. As of 2022, he’s 70 years old.
No information about his dad. But, his mum was a trader who became the Iyaloja, of Lagos state. She held the position till her death.
Tinubu’s education is one remarkable thing worth knowing. He started at St John’s primary school at Aroloya Lagos and continued at children’s home school in Ibadan, southwest Nigeria.
Ahmed is also known as “Jagaban”. He finished his secondary education abroad and attended Richard J. Daley College in Chicago, Illinois.
He completed his education at the state university of Chicago and graduated with a bachelor of science degree in accountancy. As well as with several significant honours in 1975.
Fast forward to when he started gaining footing in the Nigerian government. Ahmed Tinubu became a member of the Social Democratic Party, SDP In 1992.
As a result of his devotion and passion for politics, he joined the people’s front fraction. Shehu Musa Yar’Adua was the leader of the faction.
He went into exile after the 1993 Nigeria coup d’etat which the defence minister, Sani Abacha, led on November 17.
Describing his exile journey, Tinubu had in an interview said; “I disguised with a huge turban and babanriga and escaped into Benin Republic on a motorbike. My old Hausa friend gave the clothes to me. In fact, when I appeared to Kudirat Abiola, she didn’t know that I was the one! I gave her some information and some briefing. I left at 1 a.m. While in Benin Republic, I was still coming to Badagry to ferry people, organise and coordinate the struggle with others on ground. We put a group together, ferrying NADECO people across. It was a very challenging time. I can’t forget people like Segun Maiyegun and other young guys in the struggle. I would come from Benin to hold meetings with them and sneak back.“
Coming back from exile in 1998, he soon gained the limelight and became the governor of Lagos state in May 1999. He’s known worldwide for creating 37 LGAs in the state. He reigned as a governor for eight good years!
What’s more? Because of his hatred for the PDP, he made several efforts to make sure the APC candidates won the 2015 elections. This makes him earn lots of respect from the northerners.
Bola Tinubu is the godfather of many prominent politicians in Lagos state.
Net worth & Controversies
Bola Ahmad has made several achievements and amassed huge wealth and affluence. He’s married to Senator Oluremi Tinubu. Allah blessed their marriage with Abibat, Oluwaseyi, and the deceased Jide Tinubu.
Tinubu’s net worth is uncertain.
Bola Tinubu is a man surrounded by several controversies. A few of them include;
- #1. In 2019, eyewitnesses saw two bullion vans entering his mansion on the eve of the election which he claimed contained his money and not ballot boxes.
- #2. Social media has always countered that he’s constantly changing his real age on his Wikipedia page. They claimed his real date of birth is 29th March 1942, Tinubu remained silent over the issue until December 5, 2022.
While speaking at Chatham House in London, Tinubu said; “At the time of birth, I was dated March 29, 1952. Then, I don’t think I’d decided to be President of Nigeria, not even that I would go into politics.”
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