President Bola Tinubu has said that what he did at Eagle Square on Wednesday while celebrating the 2024 Democracy Day, was ‘dobale’.

Dobale is a Yoruba term for prostration.

Tinubu said he did not slip and stumble to the ground as many might have interpreted it, but did what every traditional Yoruba ‘boy’ would do on such occasion, ‘dobale.’


Cameras captured President Tinubu stumbling as he climbed a parade vehicle during the June 12 celebration at Eagles Square in Abuja on Wednesday.

And the President, who spoke about the incident during the Democracy Day dinner night at the Presidential Villa, said, “Early this morning, I had a swagger and it’s on social media. They’re confused whether I was doing bugger or babariga.

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“But it is day to celebrate democracy, why doing dobale on the day? I’m a traditionally Yoruba boy. I did my dobale.”

It was reported that among prominent Nigerians who have reacted to the incident, the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, LP, in the 2023 general election, Peter Obi, said that it is natural for any man, no matter how strong or feeble, to slip at one point or another.