Former Governor of Nasarawa State, Tanko Umaru Al-Makura, has compared the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, to the leaders of the First Republic.
Speaking with reporters on Monday, Al-Mukra said Tinubu is in the same cateogry as Nnamdi Azikiwe, Obafemi Awolowo, Ladoke Akintola, and Sir Ahmadu Bello.
He said Tinubu has also played a prominent role in helping Nigeria secure its independence, adding that he sacrificed his time and comfort for the sake of democracy.
Al-Makura pointed out that the former Governor of Lagos State has mentored a lot of young leaders and has continued to be relevant in politics and governance.
He said: “Look at the way he mentored people. I call him a mentor of mentors. You can liken Tinubu to our leaders of the First Republic. The Sardaunas, Akintolas, the Awolowos, the Azikiwes, who made people what they were at that time.
“And this to me is a leader that is cut in their image. Talk about any prominent Nigerian.
“Get a number of prominent Nigerians that have excelled and attained certain very enviable positions, you find a substantial number of them were mentored by Tinubu. Examples are all over the place to see.”
2023: Tinubu’s Work Out Video Being Circulated Without His Knowledge- Umahi
Naija News had reported that Tinubu in the video released via his Twitter handle on Sunday, denied reports that he has withdrawn from the 203 presidential race.
“Many have said I have died; others claim I have withdrawn from the presidential campaign.
“Well… Nope. This is the reality: I am strong, I am healthy and I am READY to serve Nigerians from Day One,” he had said.
But speaking on Monday during a guest appearance on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily programme, Umahi said the APC presidential candidate’s video shouldn’t attract unnecessary attention.
The Ebonyi governor added that Tinubu is fit to lead the country in 2023, asking Nigerians to disregard rumours of his ill health.
Umahi said many Nigerians questioning his state of mind for the nation’s top job are being petty.