Bola Tinubu has told INEC that he didn’t attend Primary and Secondary schools and that his degree certificates from two American Universities were stolen by unknown soldiers in 1990s during the military junta.
“I went on self-exile from October 1994 to October 1998. When I returned I discovered that all my property, including all the documents relating to my qualifications and my certificates in respect of paragraph three above, were looted by unknown persons.
“My house was a target of series of searches by various security agents from the time the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria was forced to adjourn following the military takeover of government of 17th November 1993.
“I was the chairman of the Senate committee on appropriation, banking and finance. I was also a plaintiff in one of the two suits against the interim national government in 1993.
“I went on exile when it became clear to me that my life was in danger,” Mr Tinubu said in his claim to INEC .
The electoral law mandates candidates to submit their personal credentials that will be published for public scrutiny ahead of elections.
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Mr Tinubu’s latest claims appear to contradict his previous election submissions, especially in 1999 and 2003 when he ran for office as a governorship candidate in Lagos. He claimed both times that he attended primary and secondary schools.
He said he attended St Paul Children’s Home School, Ibadan, between 1958 to 1964; while his secondary education was at Government College, Ibadan, between 1965 to 1968.
From Ibadan, Mr Tinubu said he proceed to Richard Daley College, Chicago, from 1969 to 1971.
He stated finally to have attended both Chicago State University and the University of Chicago.
The Chicago State University confirmed Mr Tinubu as its student, graduating with a degree in business and administration on June 22, 1979.
All the submissions were, however, challenged as fraudulent by a prominent Nigerian lawyer, Gani Fawehinmi.
Mr Fawehinmi, 1938-2009, argued the matter up to the Supreme Court, which dismissed the case on technical grounds rather than on its merits.
Ikenga Ugochinyere, a political activist in Abuja, said he would challenge Mr Tinubu’s filings in court, accusing him of having committed perjury.
Mr Tinubu “commits perjury as he abandons his earlier claim of attending primary school, sworn in an affidavit to run for governor but now claims not to have attended primary school,” Mr Ugochinyere said in a statement. His “new forms contradict his 2007 affidavit that he has primary school and secondary.”
NAIJA NEWS NG brings you some of the reactions to Tinubu’s claims by Nigerians on micro blogging site, Twitter .
Lmao! Can’t possibly be the only opposition member absolutely uninterested in this bullshit of a story.
Peoples Gazette are really trying to tell Nigerians that a former Deloitte staff and chief accountant at Mobil didn’t go to school, and they are running with it. Sigh!!😩
Yes!!! We are against his presidency, but make una dey try bring reasonable mud wey go stain him white and commot that him cap for us na.
This one no join at all. Tinubu no be Buhari na
Eze Udene Umunri
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He definitely went to school.. But he is hiding his certificates so his true age doesn’t show.. Man is a graduate but he is more than 80yrs old..
What of Chicago university certificate ?
How did you manage to work Exxon Mobil abi you run oluwole certificate abi Exxon Mobil work na still wash ?
After you elect a man with no birth certificate, no primary certificate, no secondary certificate, no University certificate as your President and put him in charge of your Central Bank and national resources, see my bio for the next steps.
This is not even about “opposition” or “politics” it’s simple due diligence. As an adult citizen of a country, if you are not at least curious about the identity and background of your potential next President, are you really an adult citizen or a clown?
“He was the Chief Accountant of Mobil” and so fucking what? If Mobil hired somebody without doing their due diligence on his alleged personal background, does that mean a whole country should close their eyes and do the same to elect a President?
Stanley 🇳🇬 @StanleyOkolie9
WHICH LIE ARE WE BELIEVING SIR ?!!!
Last time,Tinubu said he attended primary and secondary schools and even named them, now he said he didn’t attend either, which lie are we going with sir ??
Then he said his tertiary degrees were
Like this ehhh, we suppose flog all Tinubu Supporters… Just Imagine!!
Also from the documents Tinubu submitted, he graduated with BSc in Business Administration in 1979. His only job experience before politics was working in Mobil between 1983-1992 (just 9 years). Please can somebody explain to me how Tinubu became so rich? pic.twitter.com/YBKz2UgyRp
— Justice (@JustFairLove) June 24, 2022
God please do not let Tinubu succeed in rigging this election🙏🙏
Ajị bussu onye mpiawa azu🏳️🌈
Bola Tinubu should be in jail for committing perjury as he abandons his earlier claim of attending primary school, sworn in an affidavit, to run for Governor but now claims not to have attended primary school. Anyone educated person supporting this man is a functional illiterate.
You know asking necessary questions before putting out tweets like this is very important so that you don’t land in trouble. Constitutionally, the minimum a person contesting the Presidential election is required to provide is Secondary School Certificate or it’s equivalent. https://t.co/AXuXKocUiV
— Foundational Nupe Lawyer (@Egi_nupe_) June 25, 2022
Foundational Nupe Lawyer
“You know asking necessary questions before putting out tweets like this is very important so that you don’t land in trouble. Constitutionally, the minimum a person contesting the Presidential election is required to provide is Secondary School Certificate or it’s equivalent.
If a man presents a higher educational qualification and doesn’t present others, he’s still constitutionally qualified to contest the election as the law presumes that he attended and possesses the lower educational qualifications, except there’s any evidence to the contrary.
In which it’s not a burden on him to prove but to those who claims he didn’t possess the lower qualifications. The constitution does not mandate that you provide all your certificates but the relevant one that you desire to use to contest the office in question.
In fact you can possess higher educational qualifications and still contest only with the lower but minimum educational qualifications. It does not make you less qualified or that you have committed perjury. The constitution allows such flexibility.
The above does not need much of technical knowledge but application of common sense. But I understand it’s a political era and we want to go about with all kinds of propaganda and dirtiness. We need to start playing politics differently from our elders so we can make the changes
“It’s equally verifiable that Tinubu worked with Mobil as an Accountant many years ago before joining politics and working at that level common sensically and presumably suggests that he had primary and secondary educations. Let alone the higher education!”
Omo Tinubu campaign strong Even for the America Ah Tinubu get supporters dis man get money Please Go and get your PVC is not all about Yahoo money o if e dey sweet you e go pain you later #AsuuStrikeUpdate #Herogasm Pastor Chris #doggy Apostle Joshua Selman Mobil Hijab pic.twitter.com/mqhfZzseZk
— Davidica28 (@Davidica28) June 25, 2022