TThe presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Ahmad Tinubu, has described the much-mocked health challenge associated with him as stale news.
Tinubu, who spoke in an exclusive interview with Kano’s leading independent radio, Freedom Radio, while on a minor Hajj in Saudi Arabia, said he had “just” finished observing seven rounds between Safa and Marwa, which ill one could not.
Tinubu’s critics have consistently argued that he is unfit to rule Nigeria due to alleged ill health.
But he said, “Ah! I told you where I am now. I have just finished performing Umrah. I did the seven rounds of Tawaf, I did the seven journeys between Safa and Marwa alone. Can a sick person do this? This is old news my brother. The people making these insinuations have nothing but lies and nonsense to say.
“Yes, I am here in Saudi Arabia. This is a personal journey. It is a journey of spiritual rebirth. I like to come to perform Umrah from time to time. This is an opportunity to connect with Almighty Allah, Lam ya lid wa lam yulad. We need his guidance. Nigeria needs prayers and that is why we are here praying for our country, ourselves and society,” Tinubu said.
Talking about his media presence and boycott interviews, he said that instead he engaged people directly and indirectly.
“What do you mean? Are there no interviews now? I just finished talking to people through town hall meetings and talking to people directly. Those who say that are losers and will lose.
“I’ve moved around, spoken on different platforms and stood for hours to address different audiences. They used to say I couldn’t walk; they said I couldn’t stand it. They were embarrassed. Since the campaign started, I have collected more original ideas than anyone else.
“I have demonstrated knowledge, experience and great capacity to be on top of issues in the state. And this work is about ideas and issues related to the leadership of our country.
“I have what it takes to be the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and I am asking the people of the country to have confidence and respect in that. See my background and previous tasks. I want to serve the country and serve the country very well.
“Based on the commitments we have, it is clear that we will win these elections. As the election approaches, the signs are clear and that is why our opponents are nervous. Now they have resorted to spreading fake news and quoting some of my statements out of context just to score cheap points.