The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Bola Tinubu, was reportedly barred thrice from having an audience with President Muhammadu Buhari, on Wednesday.
The reasons according to sources, was that Tinubu may have played a critical role during the EndSARS protest that shutdown the country in 2020, to undermine the government of President Buhari, allegedly.
A Twitter user, @henryshield, had tweeted: ”So, I heard yesterday, that Tinubu had sought to see Buhari thrice after the EndSARS protest, but was bounced back.”
Although, Page 36 could not verify the veracity of the claim, it was alleged that Bola Tinubu sponsored the EndSARS protests in the South-Western part of the country, by various individuals and groups from the North, in order to cripple the country, and disrepute the administration of President Buhari on the global front.
Tinubu, had then debunked the allegation by exonerating himself.
In a statement by his Spokesman, Tunde Rahman, Tinubu said that he could not have been sponsoring a protest that is affecting the economy of Lagos State.
Tunde Rahman noted that it is not possible for Tinubu to be sponsoring the massive protests in all the States of the Federation where it occurred.
His words: “There is a need to set the facts and record straight, for fear that such a fake story may be taken on its face value by some unwary and gullible persons.
“Asiwaju Tinubu could not have sponsored the #EndSARS protest that has blocked one of the main entries into and out of Lagos and one of the economic arteries of the Lagos State Government. He could also not have sponsored such a protest where he too has been labeled a target by the organizers.
“Secondly, Asiwaju Tinubu believes in the right of Nigerians to freedom of expression, assembly, and protest where and when necessary, he has always canvassed the need for people to explore peaceful channels to ventilate their views and demands. He believes the #EndSARS protesters have made their demands, which the Federal Government is studying.
“Like most Nigerians, Asiwaju believes that SARS’ brutality and untoward conduct against innocent youths and other Nigerians have gone on for too long and that the security outfit ought to be disbanded as demanded by the protesters.
“Asiwaju Tinubu believes it’s now time for our youths to wait, exercise restraint for dialogue and reform to commence. Therefore, it is the height of illogicality to ascribe the sponsorship of the protest to Asiwaju. The sponsors of this fake news forget that the protest is so widespread and cuts across the country.”
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