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March 7, 2024

Abati lambasts Seyi Tinubu over trip to Qatar with presidential delegation

Abati lambasts Seyi Tinubu over trip to Qatar with presidential delegation

Former presidential media aide and veteran journalist, Dr Reuben Abati, has slammed President Bola Tinubu’s son, Seyi, and his brother Yinka for travelling with an official delegation to Qatar last week.

Abati said the president’s two sons parading themselves as jobless over their inclusion in the state visit to the Arabian country.

Vanguard reported that Tinubu travelled to Qatar with some government officials where he met and wooed investors in Doha, convincing them to come and invest in Africa’s largest economy.

However, among the presidential delegation were Seyi and Yinka, a development that has generated backlash on social media.

Reacting to the issue, Abati, during the Arise TV morning show on Wednesday, said he did not like how Seyi Tinubu and his brother presented themselves as “jobless” and “invalids” because of their father’s status as the first citizen.

Abati, who expressed dissatisfaction against them also boasted he had obtained his doctorate at the age of 24 and was doing well with life when he was at their age.

“May we begin to ask, what do the president’s children do for a living? I don’t know specifically how old they are but looking at them, by the time I was their age, I was doing something concrete with my life. I got a PhD at 24. I wasn’t depending on any father,” Abati said. 

“People must get to a stage in their lives when they will hold themselves together, I don’t want adults behaving like invalids hanging around just because your father is in a position. 

“All these children of privilege sometimes overdo it, and these are boys that would probably have wives at home. Some of these girls, what they go through is very embarrassing. You can’t have a husband that’s just hanging around, that cannot stand on his two feet as men.’’

Some of the prominent government officials who travelled with Tinubu were Borno State Governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum; Kaduna State Governor, Uba Sani; Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Yusuf Maitama Tuggar; and Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister of the Economy, Wale Edun.

Others were Minister of Solid Minerals, Dele Alake; National Security Adviser, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu; and Group Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited, Mele Kyari.