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“I’m still a Jagaban”, Tinubu says as he denies fleeing Lagos during #EndSARS protests

Valentine Chinyem

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National leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu, yesterday said he did not travel out of the country during the #EndSARS protests, as against rumours he left the country.

Thr former Lagos state governor, said this while addressing journalists after a visit to Babajide Sanwo-Olu, governor of Lagos, at the state house in Marina.

Describing the news that he left Nigeria, after the shooting of #EndSARS protesters by soldiers, at the Lekki tollgate as false, Tinubu said he is the ”Jagaban”.

“I didn’t go nowhere; I’m a Lagosian and I still hold the title of Asiwaju of Lagos and I am still a Jagaban,” he said.

“Fake news is all over the place. They say Seyi my son was kidnapped and was chased but look at him. I didn’t pay a penny to bring him here.”

Tinubu added that he had come to see governor Sanwo-Olu, to ask him who ordered the shooting of protesters at the tollgate.

“First, we have to segregate the calendar – those who suffered casualty before the protests from the hands of SARS. You have to separate that from those who suffered casualty due to what happened at the tollgate,” he said.

“For those who suffered casualty from SARS, the commission of inquiry that is already set up will unearth that and will make their recommendations. I trust the calibre and the character of the people there, they are independent. That is one.

“Those who suffered casualty during the gunshots need to answer some questions too. Even though we want to help, we still must extract information that will help the government to prepare in future and understand how and when to react because the governor, in particular, is a youth.

“As a youth himself, he (Sanwo-Olu) quickly went to Abuja with the 5/5. The government immediately put into action, dissolved the SARS and had to work through other recommended actions, the needs they demanded. Within a few days, he reported back to the public. That is responsive enough.”