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I’ll renounce Nigerian citizenship if Tinubu is sworn in — Ex-Lagos deputy gov Ojikutu

Ex-deputy governor of Lagos State Sinatu Ojikutu says she has commenced the process of renouncing her Nigerian citizenship following the emergence of Bola Tinubu as President-elect.

Ojikutu said it would be completed before May 29 when Tinubu would be sworn in.

“Before the results of the presidential elections were declared, I came out to say that if Bola Tinubu won the election, I would renounce my citizenship in Nigeria and I have my reasons,” she told the press on Wednesday at her Ikoyi residence in Lagos.

“When he won, people called me and said he would not do anything bad. But I am endangered by the current situation. I have been ostracised and humiliated in places where I should be honoured because of his not being at peace with me.


“I will not hold a Nigerian passport with Bola Tinubu as President. I am praying to God to give me the nation I can go to. I am not going to America or the United Kingdom. I want a simple place where I (can) stay and live for the rest of my life.

“I don’t know where I am going but I have already given it to the lawyers to please see where I can get the citizenship. I am working on it seriously before May 29.”

Ojikutu said all efforts to resolve the differences she had with Tinubu since she was made a commissioner representing Lagos State at the Federal Character Commission were unsuccessful.

The former deputy governor said she was no longer proud to be a former public officeholder because of the state of the nation.

She said, “The National Assembly system is too expensive for Nigeria. The natural resources of this nation are enough for every man if it is well managed. I am ashamed to call myself a public officer because I cannot see all my sacrifices. And some people will boast of their political status as excellency. Excellency over a nation like this?

“People who have served this nation faithfully are unhappy at the turn up of events. There are so many people on the streets who are hungry and everything that was supposed to be put in place has not been put in place.”

Ojikutu said she was confident that the judiciary would be transparent in handling the cases at the election tribunal.

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