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Financial Times Describes Bola Tinubu as “Nigeria’s Machiavelli” | Says He’s Responsible for GEJ’s Downfall



Bola Tinubu Financial Times

Internationally renowned publication, Financial Times, has likened former governor of Lagos State, Bola Tinubu to Machiavelli.

Here is an excerpt from the FT article, titled Man Who Helped Topple Nigerian President Displays Svengali Touch:

From his redoubt on Bourdillon Road in upmarket Lagos, a man popularly known as the Jagaban cemented his reputation this week as a political Svengali with the role he played in helping to orchestrate the downfall of Nigeria’s sitting president, Goodluck Jonathan.

Bola Ahmed Tinubu, whose name comes from the Jagaban chieftaincy title bestowed on him by the northern town of Borgu,was from 1999 to 2007 governor of the nation’s economic engine, the coastal state and mega city of Lagos. The political godfather now of southwest Nigeria, Mr Tinubu’s unlikely alliance with Muhammadu Buhari, the austere former military ruler and now president-elect,made possible the first opposition victory in the country’s electoral history.

“There needed to be an alignment for us to be able to stare down the government in power,” said one of Mr Tinubu’s lieutenants. “There needed to be a catalyst for that alignment.He was the most prepared for that.” The manner in which that alignment evolves is now among the big questions Nigerians are asking when considering the likely character of the incoming administration. Described as “deeply Machiavellian”and a “master strategist” by one of his party peers, the Jagaban cannily built a political empire among ethnic Yorubas in Lagos and the southwest, as formidable, according to allied politicians, as that of Obafemi Awolowo, who led Nigeria’s second-largest ethnic block at independence.

He did so over the past 15 or so years, having survived a string of bruising turf wars with the ruling People’s Democratic party, which was forged from political networks across Nigeria during the 1998 transition from military rule. PDP barons had become so adept at oiling the electoral machine that they sometimes boasted the party would still be in power in 100years.

It was the merger of the Jagaban’s Action Congress last yearwith the party of the president-elect — strong in the
north but weak elsewhere—that made it possible for the opposition to challenge and ultimately defeat the PDP.

Read the full article on Financial Times


  1. valentina

    April 6, 2015 at 10:33 pm

    My heart is heavy. I really hate poltics

  2. jagu

    April 6, 2015 at 10:39 pm

    How dumb!

  3. Olori Tari

    April 6, 2015 at 10:55 pm

    The Jagaban himself! The master planner! I don’t know about bringing down GEJ in this context but he is a political mafia, so I agree that he is NIGERIA’s Machiavelli. He has done so well for himself…I know you people like to mention Alpha beta at the mention of Tinubu but I advise you to go on their website to see how legal it is and actually read up on Tinubu and his so called businesses you people just read on without actually researching yourself.. For instance. Alpha beta- They don’t work for Lagos alone, they work for the South East, South South and even Ghana! Or are they still all Lagos?

    • That Guy

      April 7, 2015 at 8:35 am

      Obviously Blind!

  4. Edaho

    April 6, 2015 at 11:37 pm

    They forgot to mention that Tinubu and his friends have plans to gang-rape Aso Rock until his presidential campaign contribution is paid back in full and then 1000 fold. Rumour has it that he has already picked out a room in the presidential villa to make sure that he will always have Buhari ‘s ear. Obscene plundering is back in vogue. It will be like the days of Sani Abacha. Money machines in Boudillion.

    • S

      April 7, 2015 at 7:34 am

      This is how rumours start. How stupid do we think Buhari is? He isn’t easily swayed like his predecessor and even he knows that. This is one of the reasons people voted Buhari

    • Osan

      April 7, 2015 at 11:23 am

      Whao! @Edaho, More obscene plundering than in GEJ’s days ?

  5. John Peters

    April 7, 2015 at 12:11 am

    NIGERIA’s Machiavelli or not, he has just handed over his kingdom to the north and this kingdom is one that he will never recover or rule again because the fulani dynasty has been known to last for centuries without falling apart. so he should get prepared to be surprised.

  6. temiloluwa

    April 7, 2015 at 12:15 am

    jagaban didnt plan GEJS downfall. it was GEJS unfufilled promises and non focus that lead to his downfall. the biggest reason is that we needed change.

  7. Lordhamessy

    April 7, 2015 at 1:44 am

    On Saturday it will be like film trick when Thiefnubu et al finally realise that Lagos is not their private company.

    • the cresect

      April 7, 2015 at 7:16 am

      on Saturday, APC will noy only win in Lagos but all the states in southwest. This is not about Tinubu, it is about quality leadership, good goverance and clear road map for where we want to be in the next 10 years.Fahola has done us proud. he gave a account of hiself.Go to Osun state see what Aregbesola is doing. these are the product of Tinubu.

    • Ori

      April 7, 2015 at 2:28 pm

      My yoruba peope are so tribalistic and sentimental

    • Blessmyheart

      April 7, 2015 at 3:22 pm

      @the cresect, being from Osun state, I’m not sure I agree with you on Aregbesola’s performance as he is not well-liked and he is owing salaries. Asides Osun state, I think most APC states are doing well.
      @Ori, I don’t understand how Yoruba people are tribalistic in this context. We’re talking about Yoruba states, no?

    • kane

      April 9, 2015 at 9:47 am

      It is you that is dreaming, i laugh when our Igbo brothers try to flex muscle with the indigenous occupants of a land, they tried in the presidential election and were heart broken. please read my lips, ” it will never work”

    • Dayo

      April 13, 2015 at 11:33 am

      Film trick for your eye. You obviously don’t know the Jagaban.

  8. Tosin

    April 7, 2015 at 1:52 am

    i think ft had taken d articule off. dem dey fear

  9. Naked

    April 7, 2015 at 6:15 am

    Yes in political achievements and strategising, he is a titan. But in character, uprightness and integrity, Tinubu is a lilliputian beside Awolowo, the most respected yoruba man i have ever known. All in all, tinubu stands tall in the political history of Nigeria.

  10. the crescent

    April 7, 2015 at 7:57 am

    no doubt, Tinubu has done yoruba proud.He saved the yoruba states from the misrule of PDP governors Again he saves Nigeria from bad governance of Jonathan and PDP.indeed Tinubu is a true yoruba legend.I hope Bode Goerge is still alive?

  11. NIRA

    April 7, 2015 at 9:22 am

    In my own opinion, Tinubu is not that powerful anybmore, judging from the March 28 election result from Lagos State and the entire South West. I actually thought APC would win in those states by a landslide, especially in Lagos State, but the results showed otherwise. It was a tussle between APC and PDP. Therefore I guess his powers and hold are dwindling.

    • Osan

      April 7, 2015 at 11:38 am

      @ Nira, no doubt, Tinubu is not that powerful in the southwest mainly because, the people of the southwest are predominantly objective and educated thinkers. Whatever Tinubu says, they still vote for quality individuals and I believe many of them voted for the integrity of GMB and prof Osinbajo.

      By the way, I think ‘hate speech’ should become a crime in Nigeria. I am appalled at the level of hate speech driven by tribalism. Just as racism and racist statements are against the law in the west, so it should become in Nigeria.

      We are already so inter-married and have all built some form of interdependence on each other. We need one another for a stronger Nigeria!

  12. potu she

    April 7, 2015 at 11:14 am

    on know distance time the truth will speark out wait n see naja pupl

  13. Mo!

    April 7, 2015 at 1:44 pm

    The Lion of Bourdillon will mudd before PDP will take over Lagos state from him…

  14. atlstyle

    April 8, 2015 at 8:57 pm

    TINUBU HAS NO INTEGRITY HIMSELF, IT WAS THE GOOD NAME OF FASHOLA PLUS THE HAUSA/YORUBA COLLABORATION THAT DID IT…I only give him hand for inviting buhari into the mix, if not for that, no Yoruba only APC could have won….omo yoruba has spoken.

  15. Jack Meldings

    April 21, 2015 at 3:20 am

    How this corrupt specie still walk freely still amaze me.

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