SENATOR Oluremi Tinubu has lamented the high level of poverty in the country, saying it is practically impossible not to listen to the cries of the needy and hungry in the society.
Mrs Tinubu, who fielded questions from the media before receiving an award from the Association of Nigerian Academics in the UK (ANAUK) at the Hilton Metropole Hotel on Saturday night, disclosed that she doesn’t spend any of her salaries or allowances as a senator. She said she gives it back to her constituents because: “there are a lot of poor people in Nigeria, very poor people.”
Asked if money politics should be de-emphasised in Nigeria, the wife of former Lagos State Governor and National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu replied: “You can’t deemphasise money politics when many people are hungry. You cannot afford not to listen to the people who are hungry.”
The senator added: “I do town hall meetings every three months. I move it from one local government to another. I give account and bring back constituent initiatives. That’s what I’ve done personally.” She added: “Even the so called “area boys”(social miscreants) in my district, I know them and they know me. I have conversations with them. I call them and some call me.”
Explaining that she is a grassroots politician who didn’t go into politics to make money, Senator Tinubu said: “I did a general empowerment for them, which is like giving money. Some people asked me why did you give them money? I said, they’re used to begging for money and getting big money out there, so what do we really do?”
The wife of the political leader spoke further about her philanthropy: ”I don’t spend my salary and any allowances given to me in the senate. I’m a very contented person. I decided to just dedicate that to the people and that’s what I’ve been doing. I didn’t go there … for money.”
She continued : ”There’s so much corruption in the system that it is difficult to clean the system now. But do we say because the system is corrupt, we shouldn’t listen to the people? That is the politics I play, I play the politics that can transform a life.”