Opinion: Tinubu Preaches Unity After ‘Emilokan’ Chant Pre-Election


It is double standard and the highest level of hypocrisy for Bola Ahmed Tinubu to preach unity as he celebrates the Super Eagles for their display at the AFCON.

On Tuesday, He hosted the Super Eagles at the State House in Abuja to celebrate their achievements at the AFCON in Côte d’Ivoire.

Tinubu’s media and publicity adviser, issued a statement saying that he admired the team for their outstanding show of solidarity, willpower, cooperation, and toughness on the field.

he stated, “It is a great honour for me to receive you, our Super Eagles. As a team, you taught us lessons on resilience, togetherness, diversity, and excitement in competitive games.”

However, let’s not forget too quickly that Tinubu, during his presidential campaign in 2023, used a divisive and ethnocentric slogan, ’emilokan’, which means ‘it’s my turn’ in Yoruba.

Is it not obvious why he preaches unity now?

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The ’emilokan’ slogan, which was popularised by Tinubu at all his campaign outings, was meant to imply that it was the turn of the Yoruba to produce the president of Nigeria, after the tenure of Muhammadu Buhari, a Fulani from the north. 

Tinubu also claimed that he had been making kings and it was his turn to wear the crown.

However, the slogan was widely criticized by other ethnic groups and political parties, who saw it as a threat to the unity of the country.

Some also questioned Tinubu’s integrity and credibility, given his alleged involvement in corruption and political godfatherism.

One can argue that his praise of the Super Eagles for bringing unity to the nation is a mere lip service and a political stunt, aimed at winning the favor of Nigerians after his controversial election.

Tinubu does not truly believe in the unity of Nigeria, but only in his own personal ambition and interest.