Senator Remi Tinubu, the lawmaker representing Lagos Central Senatorial District, has denied calling a woman who attended the South-West zonal public hearing of the constitution review a “thug”.
Tinubu, who is the Chairman of the Lagos constitutional hearing zone comprising Lagos, Ogun and Oyo states, made the rebuttal in an interview on Friday.
The senator was caught on camera calling a woman, identified as Arinola Oloko, a “thug” for speaking too loud during the hearing held at a hotel in Lagos on Wednesday.
Her statement came after Oloko and other attendees were excluded from gaining access to the venue, leading to a shouting match by all parties involved.
But when asked about the incident, the federal lawmaker said she asked Oloko if she was a thug and not that she called her a thug.
“It was the noise I heard and as somebody concerned, I went there, that they will be a bit respectful when they see that they put my name as chair and I came out to see them,” Tinubu said on TVC’s Your View.
“At least, we will be able to talk and dialogue. I didn’t know that it will turn into a noisy field and people will start screaming.
“I looked at them and I saw a woman. I will tell you, most of the works I’ve done have been supported by women. I understand women more than men despite the men I work with and even the men I work with, I respect them when I have to respect them but in this particular incident, I looked at the man, he was angry, possibly he could have waited for a long time. I didn’t know who registered, I wasn’t on the registration desk but I looked at the woman screaming and I said I can talk to a woman.
“I said, let me talk to you outside where everybody is, I’ve had COVID and I don’t think I want to be in a cramped place to want to be speaking. And I said, let’s go outside so that I can hear you and hear your complaint.”
“Then, she kept screaming and I said what is going on, are you a thug? I am not going to take that. Are you a thug? Am I talking to a thug? Then her eyes were popping and popping. She is younger than I am, why would I call her a thug outrightly?
“I only asked a question and I expected her to say: ‘Ma’am, I am not a thug.’”
The lawmaker, who is the wife of Bola Tinubu, National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), also revealed that she does not report anyone who offends her to her husband because he always insists that she is wrong.
She stated that even though she is the wife of Tinubu, she always fight for herself.
She said: “That you have a position doesn’t mean you have to lose yourself to that position, because the position will go and then, do you go back and find yourself? You have to be yourself in every situation.
“Most of the time when people see me talk strongly, yes, I am Asiwaju’s wife but Asiwaju is somebody that I don’t go home to report anyone to because he would tell me, ‘you are wrong’. I don’t know why but when you have a husband who tells you, ‘you are wrong’ when you are right, in your own view, would you go back to such a person? So, I do my own fight when I have to, especially in what I believe in.”