Nigeria’s President-elect, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has been listed by the TIME magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2023
TIME described Tinubu as a longtime political power broker, who helped Nigeria to restore democracy in 1999 after fighting military rule.
The American news magazine listed the 100 world’s most influential people under six categories namely: Artists, Icons, Leaders, Pioneers, Titans and Innovators.
Tinubu along with United States President, Joe Biden, were among the 19 leaders on the TIME list.
Writing about Tinubu, the magazine said: “Winning an election in Africa’s most populous country is no easy feat. But Nigeria’s newly elected President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has had nearly two decades to prepare. Called Jagaban, or “leader of the warriors,” by his supporters, the now 71-year-old ran in a presidential election for the first time this March. His campaign slogan, “It’s my turn,” was a nod to his role as a longtime political power broker. Tinubu helped restore the country’s democracy in 1999 after fighting military rule and then served two consecutive terms as governor of Lagos.
“But Tinubu’s win with the ruling All Progressives Congress Party came in a fraught election and by a slim margin over Atiku Abubakar and Peter Obi. It was the first time Nigerian voters contended with a third-party candidate, and many discontented young Nigerians yearning for change pinned their hopes on Obi. Marred by allegations of intimidation and vote rigging, the outcome of the ballot is being challenged in court.”