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Published On: Sat, Oct 5th, 2013

Tinubu Returns To Nigeria, Condemns Neglect Of Aviation Sector


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Former Lagos State governor and leader of All Progressive Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu has arrived from London, where he went to for a knee surgery.

Asiwaju Tinubu who travelled out of the country two months ago for the surgery arrived at the Muritala International Airport by 1:35pm aboard chartered jet airline number CS-DPF and was received by his wife, Senator Oluremi Tinubu, his daughter and Iyaoloja of Lagos State Folashade Ojo, Ekiti State governor, Dr kayode Fayemi, Osun state governor Rauf Aregbesola, Senator Ganiyu Solomon, Hon Femi Gbajabiamila, Hon Babatunde Adejare,the Speaker of Lagos State House of Assembly, party faithful, and other dignitaries.

Addressing the press after his arrival, Tinubu bemoaned the drift of Nigerian medical personnels to foreign countries stressing that he was treated abroad by Nigerians, who migrated from the country to foreign country, just as he condemned the failure of the federal government to make the country a conducive environment where qualified personnel would like to stay.

He explained that he is fit and medically sound, just as he challenged those who doubt his state of health to go for a race with him.

Speaking on the plane crash that occurred on Thursday which claimed the lives of the son of Chief Olu Falae, Deji Falae, who was Ondo State Commissioner for culture and tourism, and others, he said it was unfortunate that such incident occurred despite the claim by the federal government that she has invested so much in the aviation sector to make it a better place, he said it was shameful and sad for such a thing to happen.

According to him, the aviation sector is being managed by mediocres who knew nothing about the sector, he noted that if the sector had been managed by professionals there would have been tremendous improvement in that sector.

Tinubu explained that those managing the aviation sector are fraudsters who defraud the federal government, and claimed to have worked on improving the sector, ”they allow fraudster to dominate the profession, aviation officer should be train and re train, rather than do that, what they do was to stop the plane of Rotimi Amaechi and recall the plane of Adams Oshiomhole, whereas record of maintenance of airline is being compromised and give room for waste, there is too much bureaucracy, they should have allowed professionals. It is a pity many lives of promising Nigerians are lost .

“ It is sad Pilots are subjected to danger, the members of the committee set up to make enquiry do not have the knowledge, it is left to raise issues. ” He said.

Speaking on the decision of president Goodluck Jonathan to set up Sovereign National Conference, Tinubu said the timing for the conference was wrong and it was a diversionary means to shift the attention of Nigerians to other issues, adding that it may not produce the desired result, just as he wondered what has happened to the various committees set up in the past, stressing that nothing meaningful has come out of the committees report.

He explained further that Sovereign Nation Conference will be necessary when Nigeria have a leader of character, just as he added that the matter would be discussed by his party, and whatever his party agreed upon would be done by him.”How long have we been talking about this why suddenly, there is something in the political history and social history, they say beware of Greek gift, it is only a smart rodent in a house full of little crumble of poison that will survive the trapping, let us first of all ask series of questions, I am yet to consult with my party, but I see a contradiction here, deception, lack of honesty, lack of integrity I wish to discuss with my party, but if my party says yes, let us look at the agenda and develop our agenda, but Nigeria is much divided right now, why is it necessary, where is the sovereignty, what about the electoral act, what about the Lemu committee, have you had any white paper come out of that.

“Why should it be now, how many months to the election, can’t you smell a good soup when it being cooked, can’t you smell the odour of deception, it is left for my party and all of us.”

Tinubu wondered that why President Goodluck Jonathan who never believed in SNC suddenly have a change of mind, particularly when he is facing serious challenges in his party.

Commiserating with the family of former Ondo state governor Dr Olusegun Agagu, he described the former governor as a very good man and a committed democrat, just as he urged the family to take solace in the fact that his son Feyi Agagu and their son in law did not die in the plane crash conveying his remains to Akure, he also commiserated with the families of those who died in the plane crash.

 

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  1. Obigbo Azyuogu says:

    Mr. Tinubu, it is amazing that you admitted that the people who treated you in London were Nigerians. May I ask you, sir, did you ask them what it would take for them to come home and provide the same treatment to you and millions of other Nigerians. You do know that 92% of Nigerians cannot afford that treatment you received or be able to travel abroad for two months for the same purpose. Mr. Tinubu, Umaru Musa Yaradua was the governor of Katsina for 8 years and throughout that period, he could not furnish a single hospital to take care of his kidney problem. Instead he, just like you, took delight in traveling to Saudi Arabia to burn Nigeria’s oil money, money that could have furnished enough hospitals to take care of his illness.
    For you, sir, are you also telling Nigerians that the knee surgery you went to London to have done could not be done at LASUTH or LUTH? Did you even consider promising the Nigerians in London to come home with the hope and belief that YOU as the big man in Lagos would see to it that whatever they needed to perform those same procedures would be made available to them. Does it mean that those of you in government lose your sense of perception and understanding when you are in office? You spent 8 years in office and then you become the chairman of your political party and suddenly you turn around to blame the same government that you were a part of for neglecting to develop the medical infrastructure in the country? Hello!! Are you still there? I don’t know which one is worse, the mental state that believes that even the worst treatment abroad is better than any quality treatment in Nigeria or the folly of the so-called political class that storm the airports to welcome their abusers home after knowing that you just wasted their money abroad?
    God help you and your kind.