Several Nigerians have criticised Adeseye Ogunlewe, a former minister of works, for describing Bola Tinubu, National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), as the “most prominent” politician in the history of the Yoruba race in Nigeria.
In an interview published on the Daily Independent, Ogunlewe claimed that Tinubu has achieved more politically than the likes of the late Obafemi Awolowo, a former Premier of defunct Western Nigeria, and Moshood Abiola, the presumed winner of the 1993 presidential election.
This assertion, however, did not go down well with some Nigerians, who took to social media to express their disagreement.
Leading the pack of critics is Femi Fani-Kayode, a former minister and ex-presidential spokesperson, who on Twitter decried the comparison of Yoruba leaders by indigenes of the ethnic group.
According to him, Yorubas should appreciate their past and present leaders for their unique quality of governance.
…others all made their mark and all played notable and historic roles. Some are still playing it. We should be grateful to God for them all and stop trying to compare them or say one has achieved more than the other.
— Femi Fani-Kayode (@realFFK) October 20, 2019
Some other Twitter users also expressed their view on Ogunlewe’s comment on Twitter.
The result of your brain test, senator ogunlewe pic.twitter.com/L6rn4F0FI6
— Omotayo eniola 🇨🇦🇨🇦🇨🇦 (@Omo_haekins) October 20, 2019
Amen! Can't believe Ogunlewe now sings Tinubu's praises after 17 years of bitter rivalry.
— adedotun akinde (@adedotun_akinde) October 20, 2019
Thiefnubu is a thief…ogunlewe is a coward & sycophant. You cannot compare any south western governor living or dead to achievements of Alhaji Lateef Jakande,he went too far to compare him with Awo. TINUBU IS A DEVIL
— Eunickadi7375 (@eunickadi7375) October 21, 2019
Tinubu Has Achieved More Than Awolowo, MKO Abiola – Ogunlewe.
*Ogunlewe was obvious high on substance… he meant to say Adedibu
— Joachim Okhai #EndSARS (@joachim_Okhai) October 20, 2019
After the 2019 elections,Adeseye ogunlewe was criticising Tinubu for not being a Lagosian and hijacking the state into his https://t.co/nQbUD4GxfS the same man is back to Tinubu camp & is now telling us how Tinubu is better than Awolowo.Can you trust a political prostitute?😳
— Udoh (@Udocas2017) October 20, 2019