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It’s a distraction, foreign affairs minister reacts to Tinubu’s forged certificate


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The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Yusuf Tuggar, has said the ongoing controversy surrounding President Bola Tinubu’s academic records from the Chicago State University—CSU, is a distraction.

This is coming after CSU officials denied during deposition under oath before Judge Nancy Maldonado of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois in Chicago that the certificate the Nigerian leader is parading was issued by them.

They disowned the certificate Tinubu presented to INEC to contest the 2023 Presidential election as well as the stamp and other items on the certificate, noting that they do not know where he got the certificate from.

The details denied by the officials also include the alleged clerical errors for date of birth, gender, social security number and name on the university’s certificate.

Other details in contention include his claim that he attended a secondary school that didn’t exist till 4 years after he supposedly graduated from the university

NewsBand reports that the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party–PDP, in the last election, Atiku Abubakar, had approached the US District Court in Northern Illinois to compel the CSU to release President Tinubu’s academic records to him.

The former vice president argued that the document would boost his suit at the Supreme Court challenging Tinubu’s election in the February 25 poll.

The US Court, in its ruling, ordered CSU to release Tinubu’s academic records to Atiku.

The university, on Monday, released to Atiku’s legal team a cache of documents connected to Tinubu’s education at the institution and copies of certificates with redacted names issued to other persons about the same time the Nigerian leader finished from the school in 1979.

While reacting to the forged certificate saga on Channels Television today, Wednesday, October 4, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, said government was not bordered.

He referred to the allegations as mere “frivolous issues” aimed at distracting the administration of Bola Tinubu.

“There is a tendency to always try to distract people on such frivolous issues as opposed to facing the major issues of development. We don’t have time to waste on that.

“Nobody is wasting time about certificate qualification for somebody who has been a governor of a state, served two terms, and has been on the national stage as a politician.

“You remember that (former) President Buhari had to go through the same thing, where people were actually questioning whether he went to secondary school or not. Someone who had classmates and was the captain? He was a head boy,” he said.



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