The presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, has said that Nigerians are now perceived by outsiders and foreigners as frauds and identity thieves because of the controversy surrounding the released Chicago State University academic documents of President Bola Tinubu.
He, however, stated that this should not be the case if the President can come out and address the nation and the international community on the matters surrounding his identity.
Obi made this disclosure during a press conference on Wednesday in Abuja, challenging the President to grant an interview on his identity, his academic background as well and his NYSC certificate.
According to the former Anambra State governor, the controversy surrounding the certificate is distorting Nigeria’s less-than-glorious image in the global community.
Following the release of the CSU academic records, the Presidency has stated that there is no allegation of forgery of results indicated in the released documents or the deposition granted by the registrar of the school.
They further emphasized that the allegations of forgery are a falsehood purported by the opposition parties to discredit the President’s academic records.
The Minister of Aviation and Aerospace Development, Festus Keyamo, for instance, stated that no court, particularly the Supreme Court, will find Tinubu guilty of certificate forgery based on the documents released by CSU or the deposition from the registrar of the academic institution.
Taking to his X (formerly Twitter) account, Keyamo, SAN, emphasized that Chicago State University officially stated it doesn’t issue certificates, as vendors handle this on the institution’s behalf.
He argued that any challenge to the forgery accusation remains ineffective until the vendor responsible for Tinubu’s replacement certificate refutes its authenticity.
The statement reads in part,
Chicago State University (CSU) recently made President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s academic records available to Atiku Abubakar, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate for the 2023 general election.
This action followed a court order in Illinois, United States.
CSU issued an official response to a Revised Subpoena for Document Production, which is dated September 13, 2023.
The public release of academic documents has ignited various controversies within the media. Opposition party members are engaging in heated debates with the President’s spokespersons, questioning the authenticity of the results and the President’s claim that he graduated from the University.
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