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“Protests won’t solve the problem” – Bola Tinubu addresses #IStandWithNigeria Protesters | WATCH



Bola Tinubu

Protesters stormed All Progressive Congress (APC) National Leader, Bola Tinubu has said that “protests won’t solve the problem”.

Tinubu made this known at his Bourdillion residence while addressing #IStandWithNigeria protesters on Monday.

When asked what will solve the problem, the former Lagos governor replied: “Problem is re-planning, being responsive, being able to get engaged with you, so that you’ll see the problem that we are facing”.

Tinubu added that protesters “have the right to protest,” adding that “this government is also a product of protest.”

He said that protesters should believe in the change they voted for, adding that the APC will “retool this government”.

“You voted on our promise, we are just two years into that promise. Compared to 16 years that they took over that they could have made the changes,” Tinubu said.

Other points:

Nigerians should be patient with APC.

We are not denying the fact that Nigerians are suffering and have the right to protest, but party and economy must be returned to shape.

We are two years into the administration. To make those changes effectively and positively eventually, we have to be patient; we have to have the hope.

I’m not worried about the exchange rate they are pursuing because your salary should be in Naira and you are not an importer or exporter, are you?

Maybe that is teaching us a lesson to be dependent on our domestic products, isn’t it? To develop other talents, areas. I understand your grievances, unemployment etc and you know, corruption is seriously being attacked.

Don’t worry, our money will come back. the damage of 16 years will go through the system. You cannot get water out of a dry land.

Nigeria is going through a phase.

16 years of mis-governance cannot be turned around overnight. Let’s be patient. Let’s have understanding. Let’s hang on to hope. There is nothing more effective that can drive you better than hope and believe in the positive turn of this situation.

Please hang on to (the change we promised). You have your right to vote against us during election if you want.



  1. tgirl

    February 6, 2017 at 10:02 pm

    protest won’t ooo but we need to eradicate you, because YOU are the problem

    • Niger delta babe

      February 7, 2017 at 1:35 am

      Am I an importer? The frigging market operates with dollar equivalence and you are asking me this question? Well, at least we agree all ill-gotten wealth needs to be returned. Let us start with yours.

    • tunmi

      February 7, 2017 at 2:39 am

      But why does it though? Why is the Nigerian market so dependent on the Dollar? Eyin economists, where are you oh?

    • Nuna

      February 7, 2017 at 8:43 am

      Tunmi incase you are not aware of this fact, we are an import dependent country. We dont manufacture jackshit. So yes the dollar will have a huge impact on our country. Its basic economics. And that was the lie APC rode on to win elections- that they will invest in industralizing Nigeria and move us away from oil entirely. Now the question is, are there any signs of that happening in the next 5 years? Ofcourse not.

  2. nene+

    February 6, 2017 at 10:11 pm

    Really? Mr. Oju ???
    Mr. Tu Face don’t tell me these evil? men persuaded youoooo?

    • CovertNigerian

      February 6, 2017 at 10:24 pm

      Yet more baseless and unsubstantiated innuendo directed towards 2Baba. If you have any evidence backed reasons to doubt his explanation for pulling out of the protest present them or move on. Face the issues people are protesting about and leave Mr Idibia alone – he doesn’t owe us anything.

  3. amy

    February 6, 2017 at 10:11 pm

    Tinubu u are just a scum bag… brainless old pathetic man

    • Anon

      February 6, 2017 at 10:31 pm

      Tinubu, your heart is as ugly as your physical appearance. FOH

    • Wale Vintage

      February 7, 2017 at 10:29 am

      It is a shame that memory is short. It was the sacrifice of people like Tinubu and Nadeco that brought about the return of Democracy to Nigeria in the first place. He laid the foundation that revived lagos state. You folks would still have been under an dictator like abacha if not for the likes of Tinubu and akande Etc. So he is not brainless. The man is a politician, you are a citizen, do your bit. I bet you didn’t vote like most privileged Nigerians. To answer his question, yes, protesting will not solve the problem BUT it will bring awareness to government so they can ACT.

    • Senami

      February 7, 2017 at 12:53 pm


      so because he protested alongside the whole Nadeco shebang gives him a right to be a thief and loot Lagos blind.

      o ma wa alright one day!!!


    • Nuna

      February 7, 2017 at 1:05 pm

      Hahahaha dont delude yourself. He was never for democracy. Tinubu thinks for no one but himself. Abacha and the likes were his cronies.

  4. Mystique

    February 6, 2017 at 10:13 pm

    Dude, you really need to bury your head in shame…. the protest is against you sir so you better respect your ugly self before I face you this evening. In my Igbo voice …..”anohia”

  5. Mystique

    February 6, 2017 at 10:14 pm

    Dude, you really need to bury your head in shame…. the protest is against you sir so you better respect your ugly self before I face you this evening. In my imaginary Igbo voice …..”anohia”

  6. nad

    February 6, 2017 at 10:20 pm

    these words came out of a breathing man living in naija.. theirs hope for naija

  7. Stephen Ron Wells

    February 6, 2017 at 10:33 pm

    See his EYES

  8. john

    February 6, 2017 at 10:59 pm

    Tinubu: Your salary is in naira. You shouldn’tnot be worry with exchange rate. OMG..when I tell people I will hustle spirituallly not to come back as a Black person,they laugh at me..this is a Nigerian politician and I dont even Trust osibanjo as president. .please God can a metorite just wipe the African continent from the map

    • sharon

      February 7, 2017 at 12:25 am

      I’m with you!! Africans are the worst of the worst!! I’m African and most times ashamed to be called one

  9. nnenne

    February 6, 2017 at 11:35 pm

    It’s very annoying to hear these people always mentioning 16 years of PDP.
    Are they saying before 16 years and emergence of PDP, everything was fine?
    Are they saying there was no Nigeria before 16 years ago?
    POP, has their share of the problem but to keep calling them and forgetting other regimes like Buhari’s last regime is like calling Nigerians idiots! !!

    Nigeria”s corruption, mismanagement issues have been here prior to 16 years.

    APC, only made it worst!

    • BlueEyed

      February 7, 2017 at 11:32 am

      Thank you! As if they aren’t all a bunch of recycled corrupt idiots???
      See APC and PDP and every old party system are all part of the problem, they should all go away before Nigeria can see a head way

  10. jade

    February 7, 2017 at 12:08 am

    These heartless politicians makes you become so angry. They don’t even know how to be sympathetic towards their citizens. Patient? Forget about PDP vs APC both are corrupt and failed their country and people
    Bola Tinubu, your day is coming. You will not live forever right? A rotten wicked heart is hard to change. Death is what will wipe all of them off. And if your children think they want to continue the same wicked leadership, death will visit them too.

  11. concerned9a

    February 7, 2017 at 12:20 am

    Shouldn’t he be in jail.??
    Actually it was the last 2-3 years of GEJ’s reign that things really went south!!…focusing on re-election rather than repairing the economy..tackling boko haram and massive corruption!!
    OBJ left the foreign reserves in a heathly state…his quest for a 3rd term made him do a couple of desperate things in order to pay off Legislators…Halliburton Scandal comes to mind.
    You think you can fool us with that the entire PDP reign was a disaster!!
    So only Traders need FX.??….such arrogance!!

  12. Ist timer

    February 7, 2017 at 12:50 am

    This man is the worst of them all, I hope he gets missing too.

  13. Yahoo

    February 7, 2017 at 1:10 am

    Baba ika 1!, very soon baba will start hijacking Lagos girls and be appointing his sons, friends and family to them for knacks. What is jagaban?, jagbajartins, jaguda, janduku, ole omo ole

  14. Marks

    February 7, 2017 at 1:54 am

    Who kill Funsho Williams?

  15. tunmi

    February 7, 2017 at 2:39 am

    You know what, this is actually well stated and I am surprised.

  16. Andrew

    February 7, 2017 at 4:05 am

    Oh my God!!! Dont worry about exchange rate except you are n importer? So when the importers goods arrive in Nigeria. What price is he or she going to sell. How stupid are these leaders abeg? Or was he just taking the piss?

  17. Bob

    February 7, 2017 at 7:51 am

    He’s the devil

  18. Simplymeana

    February 7, 2017 at 8:33 am

    Mr Tinubu spoke from his Bourdillon home,please sir can i have a duplex in bourdillon also,plix,and thanks in advance <i hear u are kind sir.

  19. chioma

    February 7, 2017 at 8:46 am

    I’m sick and tired of this caricature of a country…… Is nobody considering Jerry Rawlings option?

  20. Ouch!

    February 7, 2017 at 9:21 am

    This man is the meanest of them all. God will judge you for all the sufferings you and your cohorts brought to Nigerians

  21. Tea-nisha

    February 7, 2017 at 9:42 am


  22. AYDot

    February 7, 2017 at 10:12 am

    Gbam!.. We don enter am!. I can’t believe that this is what this ojuyobo have to say. Keep blaming your predecessor, 4years will soon end

  23. chidi

    February 7, 2017 at 10:22 am

    I guess he wasn’t part of the last 16 years of democracy, Nigeria needs a serious revolution. I seriously believe democracy isn’t suitable to govern blacks, because a lot of us lack the discipline to think and act like humans. I still prefer a dictator but one with a good heart who is willing to do right for his people. May God help us

  24. Aduke from Anambra state

    February 7, 2017 at 12:09 pm

    Oga Tinubu, our money will come back? From all the offshore accounts you all stashed our money ba….. Odiegwu. To develop other talents, areas…. how naw?! The education system is dead, majority no longer believe in nor value hardwork and are so materialistic. We avnt been taught to use our hands to produce things.. Ours has been a cycle of go to school, read and pass and wait endlessly for that dream job. No room for innovative thinking(these things are inculcated from quite an early age)…… Bella naija, today isn’t the day to moderate my comment till eternity ooooo.

  25. Aduke from Anambra state

    February 7, 2017 at 12:11 pm


  26. tunmi

    February 7, 2017 at 3:10 pm

    Well… Do you guys still buy imported stuffs?

    • Mz Socially Awkward....

      February 7, 2017 at 10:35 pm

      Nwa nne m, they have to, na. Apart from the blessing of our organically grown crops, practically little else is made or manufactured in Nigeria.

      You can maybe find a few exceptions with products from NBL or Unilever but, in the main, we’re very import dependent. And this is me just thinking about everyday necessities, without factoring in the luxuries.

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