Former governor of Lagos State, Bola Tinubu turns 69 today and many of his colleagues and associates are on social media congratulating the APC chieftain.
Among them is former VP Atiku Abubakar who congratulated his friend on Twitter. ‘Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and I have come a long way in the common mission to restore and promote democracy in Nigeria.’ He wrote in a short tweet.
The former VP concluded his congratulatory message with a prayer, writing: ‘On this special occasion of your birthday, I pray to the Almighty Allah to grant you long life and more vigour to keep the march on in the quest for good governance and a better life for our people. Congratulations, dear friend and brother.’
Asiwaju Bola Tinubu @AsiwajuTinubu and I have come a long way in the common mission to restore and promote democracy in Nigeria.
— Atiku Abubakar (@atiku) March 29, 2021
But this simple message didn’t go down well with a lot of tweeps, especially the part where he described Tinubu as someone on a mission to restore and promote democracy in Nigeria.
‘Oga you had better face one and stop dragging failures to yourself,Which democracy has he fought for?wish him happy birthday and leave a person who doesn’t see human life has important as he’s Empirer,’ the first tweep responded in an apparent reference to Tinubu’s indifference the plight of #EndSars protesters which got bloody last October.
Another tweep was less civil in his opinion accusing both Atiku and Tinubu of being selfish and only caring about gaining power, he wrote: ‘These two old cargoes are power-drunk. They only want to taste power. They have nothing to offer us. I know many Nigerians don’t believe in anyone aspiring to have a seat of power. The moment they get what they want, they become a tyrant. That’s who they are.’
The 2023 general elections are fast approaching, many expect that Tinubu who by then will be 72-years-old will be the flagbearer under the APC, Atiku will most likely be his challenger under the opposition PDP.
Tinubu and Atiku are long-term political allies. In 2007, Atiku contested the Nigerian presidency under Tinubu led ACN and lost to Umaru Musa Yar’adua of the PDP.