Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola says his former boss and President-elect Bola Tinubu is different from President Muhammadu Buhari based on his work experiences with them.
Fashola, who served as Tinubu’s Chief of Staff when he was governor of Lagos state (1999-2007), hinted that Tinubu was nocturnal and gave his strength to most assignments at night. He disclosed this during an interview with Channels Sunday Politics.
Speaking of his work experience, Fashola said, “So, I was his chief of staff for four and half years. I took over from Lai Mohammed, and in terms of controlling Asiwaju’s schedules, that was a strength, that was a tough task because he had day and night schedules.”
He also warned those who are going to work for Tinubu, “Let me warn them, he’s very nocturnal, I hope he changes. So, he will wake you up at night. He does his best work in the dead of the night. Unless you can push back and claim your space at night, he will encroach on it. He’s very detailed, he micro-manages more than President Buhari.”
Fashola explains the difference between Tinubu and Buhari
The former Lagos governor also likened Tinubu and Buhari to two football coaches who manage their teams differently. He said, “President Buhari is the type of president of a ‘football coach’ that will prepare his team and then go and sit in the coach’s dugout and watch them play for 90 minutes. He trusts them to do well and believes there’s nothing he can do. But Asiwaju would be that kind of coach playing the game with them (in the dugout).”
He also added “One prepares, and one delegates completely. One delegates and stays with you. and each one has his strength.”
Reacting to the allegations levelled against Tinubu, Fashola said “Governance is not about sainthood. It is about efficiency, performance, and delivery.”
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