Former vice president and Peoples Democratic Party presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar has once again questioned the controversy surrounding President Bola Tinubu’s academic background.
Atiku claims that unless a clarification is made, it will be difficult, if not impossible, for the public to understand the academic journey of the former Lagos State Governor. He is currently asking a court in the United States of America to force Chicago State University to explain the discrepancy in the certificates it issued to President Tinubu.
On his verified X handle @atiku on Sunday, Atiku wrote, “I woke up this morning wondering how we got to this cul de sac.” In 1999, @officialABAT (Bola Ahmed Tinubu) claimed he attended St John’s Primary School in Aroloya, Lagos, before moving on to Children’s Home School in Ibadan.
“According to him, his next port of call in his educational journey was Government College Ibadan, Richard Daley College, and Chicago State University in the United States. Curiously, in 2023, Tinubu settled on attending only Chicago State University.
“I am scratching my head. How is that possible? I think that all well-meaning Nigerians should be as confused as I am by Tinubu’s declaration that he had no primary or secondary education yet has a university degree. You may wish to ask Tinubu how he attained this feat so that we can learn from his ingenuity.”
He added a laughing emoji to the post.
Both Atiku and the Labour Party’s presidential candidate, Peter Obi, are contesting Tinubu’s declaration as the winner of the February 25 election by the Independent National Electoral Commission.
Bala Ibrahim, Publicity Director of the ruling All Progressives Congress, responded by saying Atiku is a bad sportsman who will do anything to spite the president.
He said, “Politicians have a way of doing things that at times makes one wonder whether they are doing it for the betterment of the polity or simply to spite the system as a whole. For someone who has come all the way in Nigerian politics like Atiku Abubakar, I don’t think he is being advised correctly. He is one person who has faced countless accusations from political opponents. Almost all of them were quashed because they lacked merit, were nonsensical, and were sometimes ridiculous.
“But for him to come back and be doing the same or even worse than what was done to him means that he is dancing to the tune of these political mediocre. It may not go down well, and posterity may not give him a good verdict if he continues this way. He is acting like a bad sportsman.”