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Reno Slams Seyi Tinubu’s Presence in Presidential Trips, Though Not A Crime

Toba Owojaiye reporting
Abuja , Nigeria

In a recent piece, Reno Omokri, a prominent Nigerian political affairs analyst, delved into the contentious issue of official trips and family involvement in Nigerian politics.

Against the backdrop of Nigeria’s deep political divisions exacerbated by the #NigerianElections2023 aftermath and contentious policy decisions like the removal of fuel subsidy and the flotation of the Naira, Omokri offered a critical analysis of the optics and implications of such actions.

He said “The only reason I would not do that is because the optics would look bad, and I would be playing into the hands of my political opponents and hostile media. Having said that, legally, there is nothing wrong with it.”

Omokri argued that while there may be no legal impediments to presidents or prime ministers bringing their children on official business trips, the optics of such decisions can be damaging. He highlighted how political opponents and a critical media can exploit such actions to portray leaders as out of touch or using their position for personal gain and advised President Tinubu about the repercussions on such endearment.

Drawing parallels with historical examples such as Margaret Thatcher, Donald Trump, Joe Biden and President Obasanjo, Reno acknowledged that previous leaders have brought their adult children on business-related trips.

However, he stressed the importance of considering public perception and avoiding actions that could be interpreted as nepotism or favoritism.

Omokri highlighted a recent incident involving Seyi Tinubu, the son of a prominent Nigerian politician, who accompanied his father on a trip to Qatar under the guise of a business summit.

Despite the trip’s official designation, questions arose about the nature of Tinubu’s involvement in Nigerian businesses, prompting public scrutiny and criticism.

Omokri commended President Tinubu’s decision to remove his son from a government meeting, recognizing the importance of delineating between official business and personal interests.

He was quoted as saying “Other than the fact that Nigeria is currently very divided, and the President should have avoided fire, being that he is covered in petrol, what he did is not wrong at all.”

Reno Omokri acknowledged the complexities of navigating family involvement in politics, particularly in a climate of political divisiveness and heightened scrutiny.

While recognizing the legality of such actions, he emphasized the importance of considering public perception and maintaining transparency to uphold the integrity of the political process.



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