Hon. Umar Yakubu Yunusa is the founder and National Coordinator of BAT PROJECT 23 that is working tirelessly to make sure Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu becomes the next president of Nigeria in 2023 after the expiring 2nd term of President Mohammadu Buhari. Hon. Umar Y. Yunusa speaks with Ralph Akindele, the publisher of CITY BELL what Nigerians will benefit if Bola Ahmed Tinubu emerges as the President of Nigeria in 2023.

Tell us about yourself.

I remain Hon. Umar Yakubu Yunusa, the National coordinator of BAT PROJECT 23 that is working for Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu to become Nigeria next president. Am from Lafia in Nasarawa State. I am positive for change citizen in Nigeria. I contested for House of Representative in Nasarawa State under PPN(Peoples Party of Nigeria) in 2019.

What does BAT PROJECT 23 stands for?

By the abbreviation of the name, B stands for Bola; A stands for Ahmed and T stands for Tinubu. This is a non-political party. It is a political movement mobilizing support for Tinubu to join the 2023 presidential race.

Tinubu has never come out openly that he is contesting, what do you think about it?

Frankly speaking, we don’t need him to come out openly and declare his intention but we will make him to contest because we have  trust in him and we also believe in his leadership. He is the only Nigerian politician that has built champions. He believes in investing in human resources.

How will you describe Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu?

He is a development democrat. He is a leader of leaders, a fearless political strategist. Bola Tinubu is a great mobiliser and grassroots  politician that has contributed to the entrenchment of democracy in  Nigeria. As a political bridge builder, his unique politics established him in the hearts of the people with magnetic passion and altruistic fellowship. He is an indomitable spirit of great mind, insightful opinion, strong heart and exemplary will.

How will you rate the performances of President Buhari since 2015?

PMB has done well in infrastructure and some other areas. If the previous government did half of what he has done, so far, Nigeria would have been a wonderful place to be. The president managed the little resources available relative to those before him. His accomplishment so far is far better than the achievements of 16 wasteful period of previous administration. We have seen the good job he is doing. APC is the best political party in Africa.

Why are you not drumming for a northerner like you to become the next president, why a southerner like Tinubu?

Laugh! This is Nigeria.So we are not talking about tribe or religion. United we stand, divided we fall. When we are talking of Nigeria, we will be talking about Nigeria citizens not about tribe. In Nigeria, every tribe needs the support of one another. God has made us to be one and we should continue to see ourselves as one irrespective of our  tribe. To rule Nigeria, is not by fighting, it is by experience. Bola Ahmed Tinubu is the best candidate. If Tinubu can rule Lagos State successfully without borrowing money even when former President Olusegun Obasanjo did not release allocation to the state due to the creation of LCDA, Jagaban still found ways to turn the GDP of Lagos State around.

Due to Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s health and age, how do you think he is fit to rule  Nigeria?

Wherever people ask me this particular question, I always laugh. Who says Tinubu is not fit? He is fit to rule Nigeria. His experience has spoken for him.

How do you think Tinubu will restructure Nigeria if elect as a president?

As far as Nigeria politics today, nobody can match Tinubu’s reputation because he is the only politician that have the structure available. He is a master planner and he is also a genius. He turns every challenges into opportunity.

Recently, Gov. El-Rufai said it is not in the constitution of the APC to rotate power among the North and South, what is your view on this ?

To be sincere, that is the fact. It is not in the constitution. It is a free world. Any candidate that knows he is worthy to contest against Bola Ahmed Tinubu should come out and do so.

Some group has called on Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu to step down for Vice President Yemi Osibajo, what is your view about it?

If truly they believe that Vice President Yemi Osibajo is the right candidate because he has the experience they should know that Tinubu is the boss and he is the person that identified Prof. Yemi Osibajo.

Former Vice president Alhaji Abubakar Atiku and former Senate President Dr. Bukola Saraki are gunning for the presidential seat, do you think Tinubu have the upper hand?

We are waiting for them because we are fully ready.

Nigeria Youths have been clamouring for a Youth President rather than aged candidate. How do you think this will affect the chance of Tinubu?

Majority of youths today really doesn’t want to learn from experienced person or mentor. They just want to get rich quick. Majority of leaders the youths refer to as aged people learnt from elders. Let the youths also learn from elders. They will acquire experience and the experience will trigger them to hallmark. If the youths want to take over the mantle of leadership in Nigeria, they need to be patient, learn and respect the elders.

BAT PROJECT 23 is planning to organize one million march in Abuja, January 2022, what is the motive of this million march?

The aim and objective of this million march is to let the whole universe know that the next person we want as our president in 2023 is Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

Some people have been saying that the main aim and objective of BAT PROJECT 23  is to get the attention from Tinubu and give the group money.

Laugh! As the National Coordinator of BAT PROJECT 23, I have never seen Tinubu one on one except in print media, television and social media. I decided to work for Tinubu because of the love I have for him being a real democrat and a man with a listening ear and also dislike people suffering. I believe that one day we will come about each other one day. I will have the opportunity to handshake him and give him kudos for the wonderful job he is doing. It is the executives that has been financing the group because of our trust and belief in the leadership of Tinubu.

Where do you see Nigeria if Tinubu emerge as Nigeria President?

Nigeria will be a beautiful nation because the resources are already available. I believe that Tinubu knows how to use the resources effectively. Under the administration of Tinubu if  emerges as the president, Nigeria will have robust economy; the western world will be willingly to invest in Nigeria without regret. The security in Nigeria will be very effective to the extent that it will be safe for Nigerians to travel anytime without the fear of kidnapping, terrorism and bandits.

If Tinubu finally emerge as the president due to his inexperience in military, how do you think he will cope with Nigeria Security?

It is not necessary for a president to be ex-military personnel before he become a president. Lagos was so insecure before Tinubu became governor of Lagos State but today, the governors after him are following his legacy in Lagos.

How will you rate the performances of Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu in Lagos State?

Mr. Sanwo – Olu is doing his best for the Lagosians. For me, I will count him among the performing governors in Nigeria.

What makes Tinubu different from other politicians?

Despite the fact that I have never met Jagaban one on one. He has made impact in people’s life politically, economically, etc. He is a perfect listener. He always looks forward to make positive changes. He is not a tribalism and religious fanatic. He is for all.

Thank so much for having you.

It is my pleasure.

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