Bola Tinubu Soldiers surround APC leader’s home

A team of about 30 soldiers are said to have laid siege
to Tinubu’s home on Bourdillon Road, Ikoyi without
stating the nature of their mission.

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The leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola
Tinubu has raised alarm over the presence of
unidentified soldiers outside his home.
A team of about 30 soldiers are said to have laid siege
to Tinubu’s home on Bourdillon Road, Ikoyi without
stating the nature of their mission.
The APC leader, in a statement released by his media
office on Tuesday, February 9, has however said that
he will not be intimidated by the development.
The statement reads:
“The soldiers were first noticed on Sunday a few
minutes to 11 p.m. in an army truck. They stationed
about 500 meters away from Tinubu’s gate.”
“Later they moved close to his gate as if making
efforts to enter. The stern-looking soldiers were around
for hours on Sunday and returned on Monday to
continue their surveillance.
“Monday night about 10.45 p.m., they returned to the
residence in two army vans and were there throughout
the night. Some of the soldiers discharged from the
van and walked back and forth in front of the house
and around the house in what is clearly some casing
effort.
“This morning, Tuesday, two vans from the army were
stationed on both sides of the house along Bourdillon
road their missions shrouded in secrecy.
“Tinubu remains emphatically resolute and committed
to the path of change in Nigeria and the liberating
manifesto of the All Progressives Party. Tinubu is an
unrelenting critic of the maladministration of the
Jonathan-led PDP government.”
“He is credited to have played the most pivotal role in
the re-building of the Nigerian opposition and the
formation of the APC, Nigeria’s most formidable
opposition party since independence.”
“The exact mission of the soldiers is not known but it
fits clearly into a new pattern of intimidation of leaders
of the APC and the opposition. The recent massing of
soldiers for three days now at Tinubu’s gate might be
part of a broader plan by the Jonathan Presidency to
intimidate Tinubu and his political associates and scare
him from making provocative statements or building a
broad coalition against the present government as he
did during the NADECO days.”
“As the scaremongering by the army continues,
Nigerians must come to the realization that the military
has abandoned its statutory role and have now being
dragged into partisan politics. Nigerians and the South
West should hold the Jonathan led military responsible
if any harm or danger comes to Tinubu and his family.
The case of the ‘Unknown Soldier’ is too recent in our
memory.”
Tinubu also said that he would not be daunted “by this
latest show of strength, intimidation and possible
harassment.”
“I remain resolute in my advocacy and support for the
rule of law. Jonathan’s government has through the
service chiefs staged a coup against Nigerians and the
Constitution and now wants to silence his critics. I will
not be muzzled through the barrel of the gun. The guns
and bullets they should use to defeat Boko Haram are
now being turned against the opposition and innocent
Nigerians,” he added.
Tinubu, a former Governor of Lagos, has described the
postponement of Nigeria’s general elections as
‘democracy of the gun’.

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