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General News of Wednesday, 11 October 2023


Outsiders now see Nigerians as fraudsters, certificate forgers - Peter Obi fires Tinubu in latest presser

Peter Obi and President Bola Tinubu Peter Obi and President Bola Tinubu

Peter Obi, the presidential candidate of the Labour Party believes the controversy that has surrounded President Bola Tinubu's certification from the Chicago State University could have been avoided.

The former Anambra governor in a press conference on Wednesday, October 11 the issue has "further worsened" the image of Nigeria in the eyes of the international community.

"To the outsiders, the entire Chicago University matter as well as Chief Bola Ahmed Tinubu's many other lingering identity, question marks has further worsened Nigeria's glorious image internationally," he lamented in the presser.

"Uninformed outsiders, now see every Nigerian as a fraudster, certificate forger or identity thief. The controversy is unnecessary just as the implicit global embarrassment could have been avoided"

Recall that on Thursday, October 5, the Chicago State University released the academic records of President Bola Tinubu following an order of a United States District Court in Northern Illinois.

The next day, 3 October, the registrar of the university, Caleb Westberg, made a deposition at the court, giving further details on the documents that the court ordered should be released to Atiku Abubakar, a top opponent of Mr Tinubu during the 25 February presidential election.

Atiku had requested Mr Tinubu’s CSU academic records for use in Nigerian court to prove that the president forged the CSU certificate he submitted to Nigeria’s electoral body, INEC, to participate in the February election.

He argues that by allegedly submitting a forged certificate to INEC, Mr Tinubu was not qualified to contest the election.