Tinubu’s daughter leads protest against APC govt in Abuja
Chief Folasade Tinubu-Ojo, the Iyaloja General of Nigeria and a daughter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Leader, Bola Tinubu, yesterday stormed the APC secretariat in Abuja to protest against the exclusion of market women from the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.
But it appeared that Tinubu-Ojo was acting independent of her father. In her answer to journalists who sought to know if she had her father’s blessing for the protest, she said: “Because I am the daughter of the National leader of APC doesn’t mean that I must not represent my people well, I have to represent my people’s opinion, I am a leader, and as a leader my people are crying foul and I won’t fold my hands and keep quiet because my father is a national leader, it is wrong. I am not mobilizing against the party, no, I am solidly behind the party, I have worked for the party before and I will still work for the party tomorrow, but that does not stop me from saying the truth.”
The women’s complaint, according to Tinubu-Ojo, is hinged on the fact that they worked with their might to see Buhari emerge as President but have not enjoyed commensurate patronage from the administration. “After the inauguration, most of us are not (being) carried along,” she said.
Her mother, Senator Remi Tinubu, had recently lamented the meager amount made available to the Ministry of Women Affairs in the 2016 budget. Just Wednesday, the President had promised to ensure that women get 40 percent allocation on boards of government parastatals and agencies.
Tinubu-Ojo said: “I am here this afternoon to represent market women and men of Nigeria. There have been agitations, the people believed that the government of the day is not carrying them along as it should be, that they worked round the clock for the party during the electioneering, but after the inauguration most of us are not carried along.
“We only hear on the news that the First Lady is doing a programme, but we just see it on the news and they wouldn’t allow me be, all the complaints come to my table morning and night and I say enough is enough. We heard that another FCT woman leader is organising another market association and named it Association of Organised Market People in Abuja, most of these people are PDP, they were nowhere to be found when we were working for the party day and night. Our people are not happy because they need to benefit from where they believe they have the right to, and all we need, all we are crying for is for the government to give them a sense of belonging and carry them along properly.”
Senator Tinubu had said of the allocation to the Women Ministry last January: “This budget is less than N4 billion and the capital is almost N3 billion. When you look at it, what is left to do any work? I am laying this case on behalf of the Nigerian women that this is not going to go well. It is as if we have been used during the campaign.
“We say this is the government of change, that our change mantra is supposed to change things across board, but what they allotted to the Nigerian women is not encouraging.
“When we talk about change, that doesn’t mean we are going to just be supporting what is not working.
“So the women are not just going to be used to campaign and several promises are made to them. This budget is not telling anything and not making any promises.”