The controversy surrounding the paternity of the former Lagos State governor, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu was renewed’ on Monday’ as members of the Tinubu family in Lagos confirmed that he had no genealogical relationship with the family.
The family, in a book entitled, ‘Onijumu Wura; the Tinubu dynasty of Kakawa Street,’ launched in Lagos, said the former governor is not a biological member of the family.
Tinubu had earlier traced his family background to the popular Tinubu family of Lagos, but critics debunked this claim, insisting that he is from Iragbiji in Osun State.
A section of the Tinubu family, apparently worried by the controversy this had generated in the state, decided to write the book that chronicled the descendants of the family which did not include Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
The author of the book, Mr. Rafiu Babatunde Tinubu, who is also a former Head of Service in Lagos state, insisted that “all members of their that bears the name must have biological relationship with the cleric, the late Alfa Muhammed Bugara Tinubu.”
He said, with the book, the family needed to put the record straight for posterity.
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He said the decision to publish the book was to ensure that the name of the family was not polluted.
“Hence, the research into the origin and place of the family became a prominent agenda that kept reverberating at every meeting of the family.”
“…I was mandated by the family at its meeting sometime in 1982 under the chairmanship of Papa R.B. King to research into the evolution of the Tinubu family in Lagos in view of my antecedents as a lecturer at the University of Ife, now Obafemi Awolowo University.”