Bola Tinubu: The Drug Dealer Who Wants To Rule Nigeria

By Ikenga Chronicles November 10, 2019

Bola Tinubu: The Drug Dealer Who Wants To Rule Nigeria

The 2023 battle for the seat of the President, federal republic of Nigeria is definitely on, with various interests and persons across the country already justling for the number one seat. One of such persons is a frontline politician and the current leader of the All Progressive Congress (APC) Alh Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

Bola Tinubu is, by all standards, an astute politician who’s political cunning, bravery, and sacrifice in the 2015 political calculations, led to the defeat of a sitting President and the constitution of the present APC led federal government.

As a Nigerian, Tinubu has the inalienable right to contest for the seat of the president, having shown capacity to rule and groom young persons. However, at a time Nigerians are almost desperate for a leader with integrity and political will to extricate the country from the extreme hardship experienced across the country, one would naturally get curious if making a former drug lord the president is a wise choice for Nigeria.

For most persons, this political icon is known only for his political prowess during his time as the governor of Lagos state, when he confronted the then president Olusegun Obasanjo and the duo had a standoff that lasted several years. Consequently, Tinubu was able to build the Internally Generated Revenue base of the state enough to sustain itself and carryout development.

What most people don’t know about the leader of the APC is that he is a convicted drug peddler who had to forfeit a fortune to the United States of America on conviction of drug related charges and escaped prison through a plea bargain.

According our investigation, the United State’s District Court, Eastern District of Illinois, Eastern Division ordered the forfeiture of funds belonging to Alh Bola Ahmed Tinubu, held in nine different accounts in First Heritage Bank, Citi Bank NA and Citi Bank Int’l, in a case docketed and dated October 5th, 1993 after he was convicted of Narcotics trafficking.

Part of the document titled Decree of Forfeiture as to funds held by Heritage Bank, the court posited that, “the United States filed a verified complaint for forfeiture against the funds in the above-captioned defendant’s accounts because there was probable cause to believe that the property represented the proceeds of Narcotics Trafficking or was property involved in financial transaction in violation of U.S.C. SS 1956 and 1957 and was therefore forfeitable to the United States, pursuant to 21 U.S.C. 5……”.

Our investigation reveal that, the Nigerian born Don Corleone, decidedly, forfeited his entire fortune held in nine accounts with these banks in a plea bargain in order to escape prison, just six years before he was elected the executive governor of Lagos state.

As a Nation, Nigeria celebrates persons with political cunning but equally abhors persons with questionable characters, knowing that bad habits die hard.

The question now is that, has this drug Lord repented from his past, changed his ways to become new creation to be trusted with political leadership of a country?

His exploits in the APC and previously as the Lagos state governor offer a clue.

Drug lords rule and control their territory with ferocious viciousness and cruelty typical only in the animal kingdom. They believe more in survival of the fittest and elimination of the weak and competition, and pay little interests in constituted authority.

As the Lagos state governor, Tinubu turned the ‘No Man’s Land’ to his personal empire, grooming his Lieutenants, expanding his coast to other Western states and confronting any discordant voices with cruel proclivity.

It is this sense of ownership that shut Lagos state out of federal allocation for years during his time as the state governor. The same sense of ownership played out again in the last general election, leading to the desertion of then governor Ambode who the Don allegedly felt was not subservient and loyal enough to continue as state governor in his empire.

While some persons may argue that this manifest sense ownership inspires development, the Nigerian experience with this present and previous administrations shows that those who claim ownership of the system, either as cabal or any other form do so for their personal aggrandizement at the detriment of the generality of the people.

It is therefore imperative that Nigerians understand clearly the kind of President Bola Tinubu would be based on his antecedents as a convicted drug peddler, a dictatorial governor, a Don Corleone- like godfather of Lagos politics, and the leader of the APC.