Senator Bola Tinubu, the former governor of Lagos State, stated on Friday that his aim to succeed the incumbent president, Maj. Gen. Mohammadu Buhari (retd.) in 2023, was to find a post that required intelligence and attention rather than muscle.
Tinubu addressed in the palace of Oba Jimoh Oyetunji, the Ataoja of Osogbo, as he continues to visit royal fathers in Osun state to seek their blessings for his presidential quest.
Tinubu, responding to allegations that he was unfit to run for president because of his health, said the job of president he had applied for was not bricklaying, race running, or grave digging, but one that required the use of his head and intelligence.
He said, “I have the brain and the capacity. If you hear them saying, he is sick, I didn’t apply for the job of race running. I didn’t apply for the job of bricklaying. I went to school to study Accountancy and Management.
“I didn’t apply for a job of a gravedigger. I have applied for a job of brain and intelligence, focus thinking. The job I want to do for Nigeria is for Nigeria to be greater and be proud of itself, our children, and we leave a legacy of success, unlimited success for our great, great children.”
Tinubu added that he aimed to serve Nigeria to the best of his ability, adding that he possessed the quality that the country was looking for to make it a very great, prosperous, united country.
He noted that even with the availability of human and material resources, Nigeria must build a character of resilience and determination, while Nigerians must see themselves as one entity.
“God has blessed us, whether we are Igbo, Hausa, Yoruba, Ida, Ijaw, or whoever we are.” He provided us with both personal and material resources. Character is the only thing He is willing to streamline for us, and we are willing to streamline it as well.
“We must develop the character of great determination, selflessness, resiliency, and perseverance in which we perceive ourselves as an one entity that would build wealth for all Nigerians.” Tinubu concluded, “This is my promise.”
In his remarks, Oba Oyetunji promised Tinubu of his support and praised Adegboyega Oyetola, the governor of Osun State, for the road restoration in his domain.
He also warned those spreading insinuations about Tinubu’s health status and prayed for a successful presidential ambition.