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Tinubu’s Dramatic Escape from Nigeria Revealed

Opadokun Details Tinubu’s Bold Escape from Military Regime

by Motoni Olodun

In a revealing account, Ayo Opadokun, Secretary-General of the National Democratic Coalition (NADECO), detailed the dramatic circumstances under which Bola Tinubu, Nigeria’s current president, fled the country during the regime of Sani Abacha. The tale of Tinubu’s escape underscores the intense political repression of the time and highlights the resilience and determination of those who opposed military rule.


According to Opadokun, the escape was meticulously planned to evade the brutal clampdown by Abacha’s regime on pro-democracy activists. Tinubu, who was a vocal critic of the military government and an active member of NADECO, became a prime target for arrest and persecution. The regime’s crackdown had led to the detention and harassment of numerous activists, creating an atmosphere of fear and uncertainty.


The escape plan was a collaborative effort involving several key figures within NADECO. Opadokun recounted how they coordinated the logistics to ensure Tinubu’s safe passage out of Nigeria. The plan involved moving Tinubu from one safe house to another, avoiding detection by the regime’s security forces who were on high alert for any suspicious activities related to pro-democracy movements.


The culmination of these efforts was Tinubu’s successful flight to neighbouring Benin Republic. From there, he eventually made his way to the United States, where he continued his advocacy for democracy in Nigeria. Opadokun emphasized that the escape was fraught with danger at every turn, as any misstep could have led to Tinubu’s capture and potentially severe consequences.


This period in Nigerian history is marked by the relentless efforts of NADECO and other pro-democracy groups who, despite the risks, stood firm against the military dictatorship. Their perseverance played a crucial role in the eventual return to civilian rule in 1999. Tinubu’s escape is seen as a significant episode in this broader struggle for democracy.


Reflecting on these events, Opadokun highlighted the importance of remembering the sacrifices made by those who fought for Nigeria’s democracy. He called on current leaders to honour this legacy by upholding the principles of justice, transparency, and good governance. The story of Tinubu’s escape serves as a reminder of the lengths to which individuals went to secure freedom and democratic governance for Nigeria.


As Nigeria continues to navigate its democratic journey, the experiences of the past offer valuable lessons. The resilience and courage displayed by Tinubu and his colleagues in the face of oppression are testaments to the enduring spirit of those who believe in a just and democratic society.


The narrative of Tinubu’s escape not only provides a glimpse into a tumultuous chapter of Nigerian history but also inspires hope for the future. It underscores the idea that even in the darkest times, the quest for freedom and democracy can prevail through collective effort and unwavering resolve.


Source: Tribune Online

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