“He has paid his dues, and with all respect, as a son to him, my simple advice is that it is time for him to allow his children to take over the mantle of leadership…”
Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State has advised the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Bola Tinubu, against running for the Presidency in 2023.
The Kogi governor said it’s time for Tinubu to allow the youths to emerge as president adding that the former Lagos State governor should take a back seat and allow youths he has groomed to rule Nigeria.
Bello, however, noted that though the Tinubu has the right to contest in 2023, but should step back and allow the youths rule the country.
He stressed that Nigeria is not the Banana Republic that one or two persons can see as their personal property.
According to Bello, “Senator Tinubu is one of our leaders and I respect him so much. He has played a very significant role in Nigeria’s democracy and has built a lot of people.
“He has paid his dues, and with all respect, as a son to him, my simple advice is that it is time for him to allow his children to take over the mantle of leadership and do it to the glory of God and his admiration.
“He should see that those children he raised are now doing well. Let him see how we manage this country in his lifetime.
“However, he has a right to run, nobody is questioning that.”
“Let me tell you that Nigeria is not a banana republic, which a committee of one or two persons will see as a personal estate or property,” Bello told Daily Trust.
But amid growing speculations, Tinubu is yet to declare his intentions to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari as Nigeria’s president.
Tinubu’s Media Aide, Tunde Rahman, recently denied claims that his principal opened a campaign office in Abuja.
Despite his silence, Tinubu’s campaign posters have been sighted in some states of the country.
Governor Bello, on his part, is also believed to be nursing a 2023 presidential ambition that has attracted opposition from some quarters.