Bosun Tijani, one of President Bola Tinubu’s ministerial nominees, has expressed that any negative remarks he made about Nigeria and its leaders in the past were driven by frustration.
He also offered his apologies to the senators for referring to them as “morons” in a Twitter post from 2021.
Bosun, who is the CEO and co-founder of CcHub, attended the screening session with the senators on Saturday to be considered for the ministerial position.
During the session, Senator Abdulfatai Buhari, representing Oyo North Senatorial District, questioned Bosun about a controversial tweet he posted in 2019 that was deemed to have portrayed Nigeria in a negative light.
He said: “On the 21st of July 2019, Dr Bosun tweeted against Nigeria that he does not appreciate the Nigerian passport and Nigeria as a nation.”
Senator Buhari asked Bosun to clarify his stance on Nigeria and the country’s passport.
In response, Bosun assured the Senate that he is deeply passionate about Nigeria and fully dedicated to its progress.
He explained that his tweet was a result of a frustrating encounter he had with the Chinese Embassy.
“I tweeted in anger,” the ministerial nominee from Ogun State admitted.
Speaking further, Bosun said, “I want my two young girls to grow up and be proud Nigerians.
“What they’ve given to you is that it’s just a screenshot of the first one, which is convenient. I’m very passionate about Nigeria, as I’m standing in front of you.
“I’m standing here with you today because people know me for the work I have done.
“Not because of my father or mother, because they are both late. I do not have political connections. I am extremely passionate about Nigeria.
“I am not what is being represented online.”
Senator Ishaku Abbo, representing Adamawa North Senatorial District, defended Bosun, saying that the nominee tweeted out of a mixture of frustration and love for Nigeria.
Also, Senator Solomon Adeola from Ogun West Senatorial District defended the nominee from his state, saying his “youthful exuberance” and “shortcomings” should be forgiven.
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