A former Minister of Aviation, Chief Osita Chidoka, has said a United States Court order directing the Chicago State University to release the academic records of President Bola Tinubu to the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the 2023 elections, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, is a national disgrace.
A United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois had, on Saturday, ruled in favour Atiku, and ordered that the Chicago State University should release President Tinubu’s academic record to the former vice president by Monday, October 2.
“As a nation, we have a full retinue of staff at the Department of the State Services, the National Intelligence Agency, the Independent National Electoral Commission, the Embassy of Nigeria with the full complement of staff in Washington DC and the Nigerian judiciary that have variously ruled on matters concerning President Tinubu’s academic qualifications. Yet, we can not have a definitive conclusion about whether he has the academic qualifications he claimed he had or not. Disgraceful.
“For me, the issue is beyond legalism. If and that is a big if, the certificate is forged, President Tinubu should resign immediately. It is not a legal matter but a national honour and moral issue. If he does not, the National Assembly should do the needful to restore our dignity as a people. I also expect the Supreme Court to rise to the occasion and restore order to our electoral process.”
The former Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Commission further observed that it was worrisome that authorities such as the Department of State Services, National Intelligence Agency, the Independent National Electoral Commission, and the Embassy of Nigeria with its staff in Washington DC could not unravel the circumstances over the academic history of the President, leaving the daunting task for Atiku to do.
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