Bosun Tijani, one of President Bola Tinubu’s nominees, appeared before the Senate and issued a formal apology for a past Twitter post where he referred to senators as “morons.”
The 46-year-old CEO and co-founder of CcHub expressed regret for the remarks made in 2021, clarifying that they were borne out of frustration and should not define his commitment to Nigeria’s growth and development.
The Senate session, which took place on Saturday, saw Senator Abdulfatai Buhari from Oyo North Senatorial District raise concerns about the controversial tweet.
“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 said.
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Senator Buhari sought clarification from the nominee, questioning whether he still believes in the nation and its values.
Tijani took the opportunity to address the matter head-on, reassuring the lawmakers of his profound love for Nigeria and his unwavering commitment to its progress.
He candidly admitted that the tweet had been a result of a frustrating experience with the Chinese Embassy, causing him to react emotionally at the time.
“I tweeted in anger,” Bosun admitted, acknowledging the mistake in his past social media post.
“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.”
Coming to the defense of Bosun Tijani, Senator Ishaku Abbo of Adamawa North Senatorial District emphasized that the tweet was a mix of frustration and love for Nigeria.
Additionally, Senator Solomon Adeola of Ogun West Senatorial District stood by the nominee, noting that youthful exuberance and occasional shortcomings should be forgiven in light of Tijani’s dedication to the nation’s growth.