Senator Bola Tinubu's recent reference to his title as 'Asiwaju of Lagos,' is not an act of arrogance, his Special Adviser Media, Tunde Rahman has said.
Rahman stated on his facebook page on Sunday that contrary to the belief in some quaters that Tinubu's reference to the title in his Saturday interview with Journalists, was to mock his traducers, the politician humbly made reference to it to show his commitment to Lagos and put stop to the rumour making the round that he had traveled out of the country.
"His reference to himself as 'Asiwaju of Lagos' must be situated within the context it was done. The fake news merchants had spread the false report that he was in France and later in London in the wake of the #EndSARS protest when he had not stepped out of Lagos.
"So answering a question during a visit to empathise and show solidarity with Governor Sanwo-Olu over the recent developments in the state, he said it was fake news that he left the country. He said he did not go anywhere and that he is the Asiwaju of Lagos," he said.
Rahman said the statement was not an act of arrogance as many would have made Nigerians believe.
He further said: "On the contrary, it was a matter of pride for Asiwaju Tinubu that he remains the Asiwaju of Lagos and the leader of his people and could not have abandoned them at a time like this when there has been massive mayhem, disorder and destruction. Public infrastructure has been destroyed on a large scale. Same with private properties including Asiwaju’s own companies which have provided employments and put food on the table of many families,"
The statement said Nigerians should be wary of those out to twist an otherwise clear and unambiguous statements and play on people's emotions to achieve their predetermined end of maligning and discrediting Asiwaju, adding that they will not succeed.