Media Scholar, Prof. Farooq Kperogi, on Saturday said Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the presidential flag-bearer of the All Progressives Congress (APC), “would be hamstrung by multiple burdens” if he becomes president in 2023.
Newsbreak.ng reports that according to Kperogi, if Tinubu emerges president in 2023, he – like other candidates – would have “a more difficult country to govern than any president since at least 1999”.
The US scholar who shared his view in his weekly column, listed Tinubu’s health condition and his “strong-willed” vice, Senator Kashim Shettima, as some of the imminent hindrances the former Lagos State governor will battle, in the event he triumphs at the 2023 poll.
“A Bola Tinubu presidency would be hamstrung by multiple burdens.
“The first is a moral one. His U.S. drug forfeiture in the 1990s, which is now more public knowledge than it has ever been, would perpetually undermine his moral authority as a president. He is also clearly physically and mentally unwell and would have a surrogate presidency that would be worse than Buhari’s.
“But it would be a factious surrogate presidency. Remi Tinubu, his wife, would head one faction. Seyi Tinubu (whom I learned isn’t the son of Remi) would head another. In other words, it would be another Buhari presidency, except that it would be on steroids. It would become clear that the fears about a Muslim-Muslim presidency were groundless since both Remi and Seyi are Christians.
“I also foresee an open confrontation between Kashim Shettima and Tinubu’s inner circle, and the confrontation would assume a regional coloration. Shettima is a studious, strong-willed, and self-assured personality who would revolt against his exclusion—unlike Yemi Osinbajo. It won’t take long for the North to sour on Tinubu and for regional animosities to ensue,” Kperogi wrote.
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