On May 29, Bola Tinubu will be officially sworn in as Nigeria’s president. The prominent politician and national leader of All Progressives Congress (APC) won the presidential election held on February 25, 2023 with a total of 8,794,726 votes.
Ahead of his much-awaited inauguration, here are a few things you should know about the president-elect.
- Early life and education: Tinubu was born on March 29, 1952, in Lagos State, Nigeria. He attended St. John’s Primary School, Aroloya, Lagos, and Children’s Home School in Ibadan before proceeding to the United States where he obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Chicago State University and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Chicago State University.
- Political career: Tinubu began his political career in the early 1990s, when he was elected to the Nigerian Senate. He later became a member of the National Democratic Coalition, a pro-democracy group that fought against military rule in Nigeria. He was elected Governor of Lagos State in 1999, a position he held for two terms until 2007.
- Political influence: Tinubu is widely considered one of the most influential politicians in Nigeria, and is often referred to as the “Jagaban of Borgu”. He has played a significant role in shaping the country’s political landscape, particularly through his leadership of the APC.
- Contributions to Lagos State: Tinubu is credited with transforming Lagos State into a modern and economically prosperous state during his tenure as governor. He initiated major infrastructure projects, improved the state’s finances, and created a conducive environment for businesses to thrive.
- Controversies: Tinubu has been involved in several controversies over the years, including allegations of corruption and financial impropriety. He has also faced criticism from some quarters for his perceived influence over the APC and the Nigerian political system.
- Philanthropy: Tinubu is also known for his philanthropic activities, particularly in the areas of education and healthcare. He has established several foundations and initiatives aimed at improving the welfare of Nigerians.
- Family: Tinubu is married to Oluremi Tinubu, a Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, and they have children together.
CrispNG had earlier examined how Obi, Atiku, and Rabiu Kwankwaso of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), facilitated the president-elect’s victory.