Bola Ahmed Tinubu, popularly known as Jagaban, will be inaugurated as Nigeria’s 16th President today. Tinubu’s political journey, from being a Senator and governor to becoming a prominent political figure, has led him to this momentous occasion. His ambition to lead the country has been a driving force throughout his career. The Emir of Borgu in Niger State bestowed upon him the title of the leader of warriors, a testament to his unwavering determination.
Tinubu’s involvement in politics dates back to 1991 when he joined the Peoples Democratic Movement, a political group led by Major General Shehu Yar’Adua (retd.). Over the years, he gained valuable experience and knowledge of Nigerian politics, which served him well. Despite limited information about his early years, Tinubu, now 71, remains one of the most influential politicians from the 90s era.
After returning to Nigeria in 1983 from his studies abroad, Tinubu actively participated in politics. In 1992, he was cleared to contest elections and became the Senator representing Lagos West constituency during the Third Republic. His tenure in the Senate was marked by his active role as the leader of the Senate Committee on Banking, Finance, Appropriations, and Currency.
Tinubu played a significant role in the pro-democracy movement during the annulment of the June 12 Presidential election by General Ibrahim Babangida. He protested against the injustice and actively advocated for the installation of Moshood Abiola as President. Despite facing challenges and arrests, he remained steadfast in his pursuit of democratic governance.
Returning to Nigeria in 1999, Bola Ahmed Tinubu joined the Justice Forum and became a prominent member of the Alliance for Democracy, supported by NADECO, Afenifere, and the citizens. This support helped him emerge as the Lagos state governorship candidate under the AD. Tinubu won two consecutive terms as the governor of Lagos, maintaining a strong grip on the politics of the state.
To realize his dream of ruling the country, Tinubu formed an alliance with Major General Muhammadu Buhari, which led to the formation of the All Progressives Congress and Buhari’s presidency in 2015 and 2019.
Despite facing hurdles within his party, Tinubu secured the APC presidential ticket for the 2023 elections. He overcame challenges from fuel and naira scarcity, as well as legal disputes filed by opposition parties. Eventually, he emerged as the winner, receiving over 8.7 million votes and meeting the constitutional requirements.
Today, Tinubu will be sworn in as the 16th President of Nigeria at Eagle Square, Abuja. As he takes on this significant role, he aims to revive the hope that was dashed by the military in 1993 and lead the largest country in Africa towards a better future.