A group, Omoluabi Coalition, has berated the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Bola Tinubu for donating N50million to victims of market fire in Katsina State.
Recall that Mr Tinubu has on Wednesday visited the state to sympathize with the victims of the unfortunate incident, announcing the donation of N50million to the victims.
But the group, in a statement on Thursday by its Director-General, Engr. Seye Karounwi, described the gesture as a mere political eye service.
According to him, Mr Tinubu’s action smacks of currying the political favour of electorate in the North ahead of the 2023 presidential election.
The group said: “Asiwaju Tinubu turned blind eye to a similar crisis at the Sasha Market in Ibadan, Oyo State or the recent fire outbreak at the Akesan Market in Oyo township, but jumped into a long journey to Katsina State ‘to sympathize with the victims and to be his brothers’ keeper.’
“We cannot but conclude that the purpose of Asiwaju Tinubu’s visit to Katsina is firmly rooted in politics, and has nothing to do with philanthropy.
“This is not the first time that Tinubu would compromise on the interest of the Yoruba in his infertile adventure of seeking acceptance from political establishments from the North. We recall his paux pas during the murder of daughter of former leader of Afenifere, Chief Reuben Fasonranti.
“We also recall his denigration of traditional rulers in Osun State during the last governorship election in that state.
“He has done it time and again and Tinubu is not leaving anyone in doubt that he is ever ready to ridicule the Yoruba race for his political interest.
“Ordinarily, we hold nothing against him pursuing his political interest for whatever it is worth. But we denounce his penchant for abandoning and compromising on Yoruba’s interest because of his selfish political ambition.
“As a group, we sympathize with victims of the fire outbreak at Katsina market and other markets across Nigeria. What we denounce is a politician who seeks to play politics on the misery of other people,” the statement said.