I did not hold any meeting with Jonathan says Tinubu .....Calls for collaborative efforts in solving insecurity challenge
-Masterweb Reports (Submission By Kelvin Osa-Okunbor)
National leader of Action Congress of Nigeria( ACN), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu yesterday denied having any meeting at the weekend with President Goodluck Jonathan, even as he affirmed that he was not in town for the said meeting.
The former Lagos State Governor also said there was no meeting between the governor of Lagos State Babatunde Raji Fasshola and the Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu with Jonathan.
The clarification from the ACN leader comes amid speculations that there was a meeting between the trio and the president when he visited Lagos.
Tinubu said, he would be favoraurably disposed to meeting with the president, if it cuts across party lines, with a view to seeking their views on how to unlock the spate of threats, insecurity and other national headaches if the president invites him.
The ACN leader, said much as any of such meetings called at the instance of the president is convoked without politicizing issues, it will be good for all stakeholders in the Nigerian project to put their heads together to find a common solution to the problems starring the nation in the face.
Tinubu who spoke to journalists at a privste terminal at the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Ikeja, Lagos to visit the Edo State Governor Adams Oshiomhole, over the recent road crash involving his convoy was accompanied by the national chairman of the part, Chief Bisi Akande, former Ekiti State governor, Niyi Adebay, and the ACN spokeman, Lai Mohammed.
Tinubu said : " That report is not correct. To tell you categorically I did not attend any meeting with the president in company of Oba of Lagos . I wasn’t even aware that the president was coming to Lagos until later after the visit of the Oba at night. So there was no meeting between myself , president and the Oba of Lagos and have not , and I am very sure that the governor did not attend any such meeting with the governor."
On his disposition to any meeting if invited by Jonathan, Tinubu said : " We have all been meeting on the national issues, we had the meetings several times in the past, so when the party leadership across the board are all invited to a meeting to solve the problems of the country why not.
This is a critical time when all hands must be on deck to help solve the security problems of the country, this is the time to get together to develop ideas , and all necessary reasons that can help the nation as a whole, the matter of security should be less politicized , advice should be solicited in good faith , if ideas are solicited in good faith , one must offer it , they should not reject the ideas outright of any person, but that has to come through the political parties; leadership"
On the crisis of Boko Haram and the attendant insecurity in Nigeria, the ACN leader said : " You have touched on a critical issue confronting the nation and it is reaching a phenomenon dimension that we all can not afford to sleep with the two eyes open up or ignore the national issue of security.
The president as commander in chief of the Armed Forces , he is the first person who probably should commence the consultation with the people and must not politicize this problem.
Since 1999, the PDP has been ruling this country , they claim to have the wisdom and the apparatus and each time when they react to this question of national security the tragedy confronting the country, they have not gone without blaming one political party or the other .That is passing the buck.
They are the ones who would say we are in government, we are in power so if they can not solve the problem of security , why blaming it on others .
Now there is a clear line and ideological differences between us yet but this Nigeria belongs to all of us . the best is that PDP led federal government should do is to cry for help and if they do they will get it instead of putting blames or categorizing one party as one man party , they are running around like headless chickens."