Readers of Major Nigerian Newspapers got more than they bargained for after all their pages were filled with birthday wishes and photos of Senator Remi Tinubu who turned 60 on the 21st of September.
Many well wishers especially on seat of power, displayed their love from Remi Tinubu with PDAs on the pages of the Nespapers, leaving readers to a gallery of photo album instead of the actually News they paid for.
Below is a video of the pages of one of the newspapers, The Nation as captured by Kemi Filani News:
Here are some reactions as piled up from social media:
One Ire wrote “This is what it means when they say “Nigeria stands still…I cry for this Godforsaken country….”
Another user, Gbademosi wrote “Absolutely the company will make their cool money, but to what information is for those who bought the news paper with their hard earn money, just to get informed and know what’s happening across the country please? Do they buy the paper just to read 3-4pages of news and the rest instastory or birthday s/o of one and same person?
Sentiment aside, it’s disgusting for thr company to have sold such paper out, maybe could have been free then because it looks more only birthday wishes and i am sure if anyone want to be entertained, they would have gotten entertainment paper like Ovation or something and not waste their money to buy those thinking they will get important information.”
One Ussah wrote “They should kuku give us public holiday since we all want to be mad in this country”
One Taiwo wrote “But people paid the paper to advertise. It’s just like saying you pay an influencer money to advertise your product? What do you expect? Bear in mind that numerous people will paid to place the ad as well. That’s how newspapers make their money and are still able to stay afloat. Especially in these days of online media. A newspaper is sold btw 100n-150n, how many people buy? I genuinely cannot fault the paper in this case”
Kemi Filani News recalls that while speaking with journalists at his Bourdillon, Lagos residence yesterday, Bola Tinubu described his wife as his greatest friend, ally and supporter even at most difficult times.
He said: “We are a living symbol of love, care, perseverance and commitment. There are so many moments, many twists and turns in our lives.
“You know, during the dark days when democracy was assaulted in this country, we suffered a lot, the family suffered. As a result of that, she was in America while I was crisscrossing Europe.
“She was raising our children all by herself. It was a very trying period for every one of us. And then, we endured and got through all the turbulence and today we are still in positions to serve our nation, to serve our people.
“You can go around the entire Lagos and particularly, the Lagos Central Senatorial District. There are so many that appreciated her commitment, her humanitarian care for both young, the elderly and the needy.”
Thanking God for her life on the occasion, he said: “I am very happy for her on the attainment of 60. We give thanks to God Almighty that has spared our lives and preserved our love together.
“This moment when Nigeria is 60, my wife is also 60. It’s a wonderful thing. We mark the day with soberness. Soberness because many people pray to live to see today but they could not. The pandemic has taken away some of our friends, those close to us.
“Today, some people are still lying critically ill in the hospital. Some children have become orphans as a result of what is happening around the country. So it’s a sombre celebration on the occasion of her 60th.
For, Nigeria, turning 60 is also a moment for reflection about all that we have been through and where we are”.
On his wish for his wife, Tinubu said: “My wish is for her to live longer, for her legacy to be great, be in good health and continue to enjoy the fruit of her labour, enjoy her children and grandchildren, all of them in good health. And me too in good health.”