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The Unnecessary Demonisation Of Sabiu Tunde Yusuf

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Who is the much-talked about Sabiu
‘Tunde’ Yusuf who is said to be
calling the shots around President
Muhammadu Buhari? Who is the
man, outside of the viled media
carricature? By way of introduction,
Sabiu ‘Tunde’ Yusuf is a direct cousin
of President Buhari, being the son of
his niece popularly known as Hajiya
Halima or Hajiya Madam in Daura,
the President’s hometown.

According to some reliable information, the young man, in his 30s, has been with President Buhari since he was a toddler. In fact, the sobriquet ‘Tunde’ was given to Sabiu by no other person than President Buhari as a mark of appreciation and his fondness of his late second-in￾command, General Tunde Idiagbon, when Buhari was the Military Head of State in 1984.

Again, for the better part of his
adult life, up until Buhari was elected
the president in the historic 2015
presidential election, Sabiu had always
been with the President either in
Daura or Kaduna. Before 2015, he was
General Buhari’s Personal Assistant.
Therefore, it was only natural for him
to move into the Presidential Villa with
the First Family in 2015, as a bona fide
and trusted member of the family.

Going by the filial relationship
Sabiu shares with the president and
taking into consideration how such
relationship is often defined in a
typical African family setting, it won’t
be out of place to describe Sabiu as the
President’s son, other things being
equal.

From all indications, Sabiu has
been a good boy to the president to
the extent that he enjoys the trust
and confidence of the old man. There
is no doubt that his appointment as
Personal Assistant to the President
is premised on the absolute trust
the latter has in him as much as the
somewhat father and son relationship
they both share.

But that is where all that ends. Of recent, Sabiu has come under some intense attacks first as widely reported by the papers, and Lately, through a string of malicious allegations and bare-faced lies
Professor Farooq Kperoqi continues
to dish out from his safe cocoon in the
United States of America (USA).

As for Kperogi, it beggars belief
how a university scholar whose forte
should always be unalloyed fidelity to
truth and factuality will descend into
the arena of brainless falsehood just
to cast aspersions on the immaculate
linen of the President. He has been
doing this since God-knows- when.
Perhaps tired of his unreplied
constant bashing of the President
in his newspaper column and social
media platforms with the latter
legendarily unperturbed by the
legless criticisms and malnourished
lies, he has resorted to taking Sabiu,
the President’s Personal Assistant,
to the cleaners through infantile
concoctions that cannot stand the
simple test of scrutiny. When you can’t
get at the king, you disable his trusted
confidante.

In one of his latest odoriferous
offerings entitled ‘Sabiu Yusuf’s
Fat Bank Accounts that Shocked
CBN Governor’, Kperoqi again, as
usual, tried to mislead the public by
dishing out some concocted lies, all
in a calculated attempt to get at the
President by seeming to hammer
Sabiu.

He claimed that Sabiu has over
1trillion Naira in several accounts
in different banks. Who maintains
several different accounts with millions
of naira in each of the banks in this era
of eagle-eyed anti-corruption agencies
and the Nigeria Financial Intelligence
Unit (NFIU) and such accounts have
not been flagged down? Not even the
irrepressible, invasive and intrepid
investigative journalists in the country
have been able to unravel these billion
naira accounts owned by a single
individual. Kperogi only made an
allegation without providing names of
the banks and details of the accounts.
Incredible! No discerning mind will
believe the it.

In any case, one would have expected that the teacher of journalism
will provide the names of the banks
and details of the accounts allegedly
belonging to Sabiu. Kperogi needs to
be told that he is being misled by his
usual coterie of liars masquerading
as impecable sources in Aso Rock.
Moreover, a teacher of journalism
should be guided by objectivity a basic
tenet of the profession he is a proud
member of.

In one breath, Kperogi claimed
that Sabiu has properties worth billion
of naira spread all over Nigeria, yet as
meticulous as he is as a self-styled
undercover reporter that he calls
himself, he could not just name one
of the properties, its location and
cost. If he had succeeded in doing so,
perhaps that would have added some
believability to his fairy tale of the
mega billions of Naira Sabiu allegedly
has warehoused in some nameless
banks.

The attacks on Sabiu, as unfortunate as they are, are quite needless.

Unfortunately again, it is the price one pays for being close to the President. Luckily for Sabiu, he has a principal who knows where the fireworks are coming from and for what purpose they are to serve. Sabiu should be encouraged to continue doing his good works without replying his critics. His support and loyalty to his boss will always speak for and vindicate him.

-Mukaila writes from Ogbomo

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