How Nigeria’s National Assembly Speaker, Gbajabiamila, Governors, Others Spent Millions Of Naira To Visit Ailing Tinubu In London

No fewer than 58 prime politicians and political workplace holders within the nation have spent thousands and thousands of naira to go to the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, in London, United Kingdom (UK), Daily Trust reviews. 

Tinubu, an influential member of the ruling occasion has been in London for medical consideration within the final three months. Allies of the previous Lagos State governor mentioned he had undergone knee surgical procedure and he’s presently enterprise physiotherapy.

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Since August 12, when President Muhammadu Buhari visited him at Duchess Mews, Portland Place, Central London house, his political godsons, admirers, and supporters have turned the residence right into a Mecca of a form. Buhari was within the United Kingdom like Tinubu for medical consideration.

Tinubu is without doubt one of the prime pictures of the APC mentioned to be eyeing the presidency. There have been controversies over the reported pact between him and President Buhari on the 2023 presidency.

Governors who’ve thus far visited embody Babajide Sanwo-Olu (Lagos), Dr Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti), Rotimi Akeredolu (Ondo), Dapo Abiodun (Ogun), and Umar Abdullahi Ganduje (Kano), who was within the United Kingdom for his son’s commencement.

Ganduje, his son, Muhammad; two lawmakers- Kabiru Alhassan Rurum and Aminu Babba Dan’Agundi visited Tinubu.

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila was additionally there. Traditionally, the Speaker travels with a few of his aides.

The Speaker of Lagos State House of Assembly, Mudashiru Obasa, and House of Representatives’ member, James Faleke (APC, Ikeja) had been additionally there.

After Sanwo-Olu’s go to, a delegation of Lagos State authorities, comprising the Deputy Governor, Dr Obafemi Hamzat; Chief of Staff, Tayo Ayinde; Deputy Chief of Staff, Gboyega Soyannwo and Special Adviser on Education, Tokunbo Wahab was additionally there.

Others who’ve visited London to see the Asiwaju embody Senators Tokunbo Abiru (Lagos East); Opeyemi Bamidele (Ekiti Central); Adeola Solomon (Lagos Central), Adelere Oriolowo (Osun West), and Mohammed Sani (Niger East). Former APC National Legal Adviser, Dr Muiz Banire (SAN), Adekunle Akanbi, National President of ALGON, Kolade Alabi, and Lagos State secretary of the affiliation, Rasaq Ajala.

The Isolo Local Council Development Area Chairman in Lagos, Otunba Adebayo Olasoju, Lagos lawmakers – Temitope Adewale (Ifako-Ijaiye 1); Nureni Akinsanya (Mushin 1); Sylvester Ogunkelu (Epe 2); a delegation of the Governors’ Advisory Council (GAC) comprising Senator Anthony Adefuye, Mr Wale Edun and Mrs Idiat Adebule, a former deputy governor, had additionally visited him.

Also in London for Tinubu had been 4 former governors, Senator Aliyu Wamakko (Sokoto), Abdulaziz Yari (Zamfara), Senator Ibikunle Amosun (Ogun), and Senator Kashim Shettima (Borno). Senator Abu Ibrahim and Usman Zanna had been additionally there.

The newest individuals to pay him had been members of the Northern Caucus within the House of Representatives, led by Deputy Speaker, Ahmed Wase. 

The entourage was made up of 20 lawmakers, together with the Majority Leader, Alhassan Ado-Doguwa; Chairman, House Committee on Rules and Business, Abubakar Fulata; Chairman, House Committee on the Army, Abdulrazak Namdas; Blessing Onuh (APC, Benue), daughter of former President of the Senate, David Mark; Sada Soli (APC, Katsina), Abubakar Lado Suleja (APC, Niger) and 13 others.

Minus President Buhari, Ganduje, and three others who had been within the United Kingdom for private causes, 53 individuals had been in London for the previous Lagos State governor.

With the rising costs of tickets, no less than every customer would have spent between N4 million and N5 million on First Class or Business Class return tickets to the UK, primarily based on our findings from journey brokers.

This places the cash spent by those that visited Tinubu at N265 million for the 53 politicians.

This is along with different bills on resort lodging in London, feeding, amongst others. An common room in a resort per night time prices between 150 and 200 kilos (N90, 000 and N120, 000), in accordance with data obtained from some journey and leisure firms.

A British Airways continuous return first-class ticket from Nigeria to London prices between $7,000 (N4 million on the charge of N570 to a greenback) and $10,000 (N5.7m).

A Business Class ticket alternatively prices between $4,000 and $6,000 relying on the time the reserving was performed.

While Tinubu is presently not holding any political workplace as he stays a non-public citizen, Nigerians have been speaking in regards to the alleged deployment of taxpayers’ cash by politicians to go to him.

A public affairs analyst, Comrade Toyin Raheem, mentioned whereas there was nothing flawed in paying a go to to somebody who’s indisposed, the vast majority of these doing the visiting should have spent public funds to embark on the visits.

Raheem, who’s the Chairman of the Coalition Against Corruption and Bad Governance (CACOBAG), mentioned the cash might have been higher spent on offering fundamental facilities that may profit the plenty.

He mentioned, “In African culture, there is nothing wrong in visiting somebody that is sick but it shouldn’t be at the expense of the masses. Now, the majority of these people going to visit Tinubu used public funds. The money they spend does not belong to them.

“Has that now become part of their projects? There are a lot of things that need to be attended to. There are a lot of infrastructures that are crying for attention, yet many of them diverted money meant for the people to go and visit their leader. Nobody says they should not go and visit their leaders but it should be from their pocket, it shouldn’t be money that belongs to all of us as a people. It is wrong.”

Dr Chido Onumah, Coordinator, African Centre for Media and Information Literacy (AFRICMIL), mentioned that these engaged within the journey to go to Tinubu in London and spending states assets would in all probability declare they aren’t utilizing state assets.

“But it is also a pointer to the nature of the politics of our ruling class. How members of that class are beholden to a few people at every moment.

 “For me, the bigger issue is the fact that public officers who have the opportunity to make a difference do not see the importance of fixing the country’s health system,” Onumah mentioned.

On his half, Malam Hamza B. Lawal, the Chief Executive of Connected Development (CODE) and founding father of the ‘Follow the Money’, mentioned that by discussing whether or not or not politicians are utilizing state assets to go to Tinubu, is dwelling on points that must be of no significance within the nationwide discourse.

He mentioned, “There is no question that using taxpayers’ money for such trips is wrong, but what should concern us is the root cause of politicians acting with such impunity and if you ask me, it is lack of proper accountability.

“This is why we ‘Follow the Money’ so that it doesn’t enter private pockets or is misappropriated. Until we have solid institutions and systems where every naira and kobo used in public offices are accounted for, we are going to keep debating the moral justification or legal apparatus for government officials to use taxpayers’ money to visit their godfather abroad.”

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