The standard-bearer of the All progressives Congress, APC, Bola Tinubu, has been under fire in recent times over an old newspaper publication in which he was quoted as saying: ‘I don’t believe in one Nigeria’.
This has generated a lot of reactions on social media, with many wondering how an individual who does not believe in one Nigeria would want to be its President.
The copy of an old newspaper where he (Tinubu) made the statement has been circulating on WhatsApp and other social networking sites since the former governor declared his intention to run for president in 2023.
However, some ardent disciples of the APC flag-bearer claim that their principal never made the statement credited to him on social media, hence, the reason for this fact-check piece.
Several checks on previous statements made by Bola Tinubu show that the former Lagos governor made the statement.
This reporter, in an attempt to inform the enlightened public and clear the air, got hold of an old copy of the publication wherein the APC chieftain made the statement.
The publication was dated Sunday, April 13, 1997, and was an edition of ThisDay newspaper as published by the Financial Times News Syndicate.
Findings reveal that Tinubu made the statement in an interview with ThisDay’s reporter Ayo Arowolo in his London home.
There is evidence that Tinubu did say: “I don’t believe in one Nigeria.”