‘Remi Tinubu Called Me A Dog And A Thug, So I Reacted’...

‘Remi Tinubu Called Me A Dog And A Thug, So I Reacted’ – Dino Melaye

By Ekamma Jacobs | Staff Reporter on July 14, 2016
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Senator Dino Melaye

Dino Melaye, a Nigerian senator has reacted to news reports that he threatened to physically assault Remi Tinubu, a female senator in a senate executive meeting on Tuesday, July 12, 2016. Tinubu is also the wife of Bola Tinubu, a co-founder and national leaders of the All Progressives Congress, APC.

Senator Melaye, during a press briefing after the senate’s plenary session on Thursday, July 14, 2016, disclosed that Senator Tinubu called him a dog and a thug in the closed-door session in which the topic of impeaching President Muhammadu Buhari was reportedly raised.

Melaye claimed that he was only “reacting” to the unprovoked attack from Tinubu. “At the executive session, an issue generated controversy and while contributing, Senator Remi suddenly stood up and called me a dog and a thug, of course, I had to react,” he told journalists.

The senator, who was elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, and a staunch supporter of Senate President Bukola Saraki also made reference to a demand for an apology from Bola Tinubu, said to have been communicated through one of his spokespersons.

Senator Melaye wondered by the former Lagos governor would be asking him to apologise on an altercation that “erupted between equals”. He said he was yet to confirm the authenticity of his party’s national leader’s demands and if it did come from Bola Tinubu, he would “react accordingly”.

The Kogi-born politician said that he was addressing the matter officially because he feared that his character would be assassinated if he keeps quiet and admitted that he has been inundated with questions as a result of the news reports on the incident.

He reminded the press that he has a track record of reacting when provoked and that he was only being true to himself.

“You can recall that I am no coward. I have always been like this and I do not speak my mind through proxies and that was the reason I took to streets whenever the need arose, particular in defense of democracy,” Melaye maintained.

Melaye added that he is not a hypocrite when it comes to pursuing issues of national interest, noting that in the past administration, he fought doggedly for democracy which Nigerians are now enjoying today.

Bola Tinubu, through a spokesperson, Sunday Dare has threatened Melaye back saying, “things will happen” if he dared touch his wife. Remi Tinubu is a woman leader in the Nigerian senate.


  1. Only God will save this country (Nig.) If it is true that Sen. Remi did called a colleague “dog” and “thug” as claimed, then it shows that both of them are not worthy to be senators of the federal republic of Nigeria. I hope Melaye is not beating up his wife at home because his wife can say something worst to him. As per Remix, she should go back to the kitchen and be cooking good food for baba because she can not senate anything good with such a loosed tongue. I rest my case

  2. If it is true that Remi Tinubu actually called Dinp melaye a Thug and a Dog then Dino melaye’s reacts / replied well and correctly because a thug beats people and a dog imprégnâtes. Dino melaye’s reaction should be seen as an offshoot of Remi Tinubu’s statement. Respect we say must be reciprocated accordingly. We should learn not to provoke our colleagues, friends and Neighbors for peace to be achieved. Recall how Nigérians condemn Patience Jonathan’s attitude which they say was very rude and saucy. Why is this different? where a woman would call a man a thug and also a dog.

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