Atiku Raises Queries About Tinubu’s Educational Background

Atiku Abubakar, former Vice President and presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the 2023 election, has once again raised concerns about the controversy surrounding President Bola Tinubu’s academic history.

Currently pursuing legal action in a United States court to compel Chicago State University to address the inconsistencies in President Tinubu’s issued certificates, Atiku expressed that without clarification, it remains challenging, if not impossible, for the public to comprehend the educational journey of the former Lagos State Governor.

Taking to his verified Twitter handle, @atiku, on Sunday, Atiku wrote, “This morning, I found myself pondering how we ended up in this perplexing situation. In 1999, @officialABAT (Bola Ahmed Tinubu) claimed to have attended St John’s Primary School, Aroloya, Lagos, followed by Children Home School in Ibadan.

“According to his account, he then proceeded to Government College Ibadan, and later attended Richard Daley College and Chicago State University in the United States. However, intriguingly, by 2023, Tinubu now only acknowledges attending Chicago State University.

“I’m left scratching my head. How can this be? It appears to me that all well-meaning Nigerians should be as baffled as I am regarding Tinubu’s assertion that he had no primary and secondary education, yet holds a university degree. Perhaps it’s worth asking Tinubu how he managed to achieve this, so that we may gain insights from his creative approach.”

Atiku, alongside the Labour Party’s presidential candidate, Mr. Peter Obi, is actively contesting the Independent National Electoral Commission’s declaration of Tinubu as the victor in the February 25 election.

In response, Bala Ibrahim, the Publicity Director of the ruling All Progressives Congress, criticized Atiku for being a poor sport, using any means to criticize the president. He remarked, “Politicians often engage in actions that raise questions about whether they are working for the betterment of the nation or merely attempting to undermine the system. Atiku Abubakar has traversed Nigerian politics extensively, and it’s unfortunate that he might not be receiving sound counsel. He’s faced numerous allegations from political rivals, most of which lacked merit and were often nonsensical or even ridiculous.

“However, for him to return and resort to the same tactics, or possibly worse than what he has experienced, suggests he’s following the lead of political mediocrity. This approach might not be well-received, and history may not judge him kindly if he persists down this path. He’s behaving like a poor sportsman.”

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