Tinubu’s wife, Oluremi is set to become the most elite first lady in Nigeria. Having served as a senator representing the Lagos Central constituency in the Nigerian Senate since 2011, Oluremi has carved a niche for herself as one of the influential politicians in the country.
From serving as the first lady of Lagos (1999-2007) to being one of the over 100 senators elected in the 8th assembly, Oluremi is a woman whose portfolio stands out amongst other First ladies the country has had. Let’s take a look at some of her works.
Oluremi as First Lady of Lagos
As first Lady, Oluremi established a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) the New Era Foundation. The foundation is committed to establishing centers for the all-round development of young individuals and promoting public awareness of environmental health and community service. The organization which has championed the growth and development of young people in the country over the years benefitted 5,000 students with its recent tuition-free and scholarship scheme.
Oluremi as Senator
As a senator, she requested adequate security from the Inspector General of Police as a result of an alleged threat of assault by colleague and fellow party member Dino Melaye during a senate closed-door session in 2016. Also, she called for the creation of state police as a way of tackling the rising spate of insecurity in the country in 2020. In 2021, she also proposed a bill to reform the Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST), in order to make it a more viable entity.
Oluremi as Pastor
Tinubu’s wife is an ordained pastor of the Redeemed Christian Church of God. Her ordination took place in 2018 at the Old Arena of RCCG, Lagos/Ibadan Expressway where the church held its 66th annual convention themed “Dominion”. To become pastor, Oluremi went through the preparatory stages of Baptismal and workers in training class, completed a one-year course at the church’s School of Disciples and consistently participated in church activities and programmes. Before her ordination, Oluremi has been a staunch believer regardless of her husband, who is a Muslim. She once disclosed that being married to Tinubu is the “will of God” for her life.
Her bag of awards
Senator Oluremi was listed alongside Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Tony Elumelu and other prominent people for the Eko Excellence Awards in 2019. In 2021, Oluremi received the award for the most impactful female senator at The Guardian-organised International Women’s Day Summit. Also, she holds the National award of the Officer of the Order of the Niger [OON], Ghana Noble International Award for Leadership (2004), and Gambian Diamond Award for Immense Contribution to the Emancipation of People from Poverty (2005). She has also authored a number of books, one of which is, “The Journey of Grace- My faith walk.”
Oluremi to play the role of a housewife
Despite her notable awards and achievements, Tinubu has hinted that Oluremi will serve as a housewife when he assumes office. Speaking on the 1st of March, 2023, Tinubu said “To my lovely wife, Oluremi Tinubu, you the senators should not expect her back. She is going to be my housewife and first lady.”
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