Following news that the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate Asiwaju Bola Tinubu failed to provide the Independent National Electoral Commission with his elementary and secondary school transcripts, Nigerians have responded in a variety of ways (INEC).
According to reports, Tinubu stated that under the military regime in 1990, someone took his academic transcripts.
This was mentioned in an affidavit that the former governor of Lagos State filed to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as part of his applications for eligibility to run for president in 2023.
Apparently, Tinubu did not mark the columns for his primary and secondary school in the records that were made public on Friday.
However, Tinubu pointed out that he graduated with a degree in business and administration fromthe Chicago State University in 1979.
Following this submission, Nigerians have taken to social media to air their views. While some feel it’s not a big deal as he has gone ahead to achieve other things which wouldn’t have been possible without such certificates, others are of the opinion that it calls for more investigation into the background of the former Lagos State Governor.
See some of the reactions below:
Abeg the information provided by Tinubu to INEC when he wanted to contest for Lagos State governorship election should be well protected before we hear say the files are missing or fire has destroyed the building where the files are.
— Emmanuel I. Onwuezobe (@IbekweOnwuezobe) June 25, 2022
Buhari no get certificate, Tinubu self no get certificate. How do we now encourage the next generation to go to school?
— Banks Omisore (@MrBanksOmishore) June 25, 2022
The emergence of Buhari as Nigeria President has changed the standard of governance forever. That is why Tinubu can even contest for the post of President. You don't need to have certificate as long as you have your Nepa bill to present to INEC. I'm afraid it will get worse.
— Premier (@SodiqTade) June 25, 2022
What Tinubu is doing right now was done by Buhari in 2019. It is a distraction tactic. Buhari did the same thing and almost at the eve of elections when everybody had thought that he’d be disqualified, WAEC printed certificate for him. Don’t be distracted.
— DR.PENKING™ 🇦🇺🇳🇬 #PeterObi (@drpenking) June 25, 2022
In October 1999, thugs suspected to be loyal to Bola Tinubu attacked Gani Fawehinmi in court over his case of perjury against him.
If only for his memory and the fragile moral fiber of our society, lawyers should massively challenge Tinubu’s credential ahead of 2023.
— Demola Olarewaju (@DemolaRewaju) June 25, 2022
Lol, Tinubu wey no go School before he ride to the top positions in Mobil and Deloitte Limited. After that he come become Senator for Naija in 1993and come become Lagos Governor for 8 years without going to School🤣🤣🤣🤣
— Taiwo_Ajakaye (@dmightyangel) June 25, 2022
So because Soldiers invaded Tinubu's house and stole his certificates, he is now threatening to send we the Youths into the Army and feed us agbado and cassava as punishment. Grandpa, no be we steal your childhood memories ooo. You are bullying us. 😭
— Ekonyohe Peter Obi ❤ (@Benue_Parrot) June 25, 2022
Brilliant Treasurer at Mobil Nigeria and quick-witted accountant with a foreign firm known for forensic accounting, Deloitte . And you believe he accomplished all these feats without a primary and secondary school education . Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu! pic.twitter.com/LA1Fzpcf8H
— ᴏnowvo_ᴏᴍᴀsᴏʀᴏ ᴀʟɪ ᴏᴠɪᴇ ™☤🇳🇬 (@OvieNews) June 25, 2022
Bola Tinubu’s Presidency will be the official institutionalisation of forgery, dubiousness, duplicity and fraud in politics in Nigeria and it is our collective duty to stop him.
Nothing about that man has ever been straightforward and a victory for him is defeat for society.
— Demola Olarewaju (@DemolaRewaju) June 25, 2022
Just like Buhari, Tinubu has no certificate; He claims it was stolen. Reports also have it that he didn't attend primary or secondary school which means there's a case of forgery. In a sane country, INEC will disqualify Tinubu cos of this, but this is Nigeria where anything goes.
— Daniel Regha (@DanielRegha) June 25, 2022
The only reason Tinubu is now claiming that he did not attend any primary or secondary school is because if he comes clean about his early education, it will expose other lies he has told Nigerians about his true age and name. Tinubu, what is your real name and age?#TableShaker
— Reno Omokri (@renoomokri) June 25, 2022
All a serious opposition needs to do is obtain Tinubu’s former educational declarations to INEC and sue him for perjury. The clown would be disqualified. As simple as ABC, but you have jokers as Nigerian opposition.
— Henry Shield (@henryshield) June 25, 2022
Nigerian intellectuals won't tell you how Gani Fawehinmi exposed Bola Ahmed Tinubu's fake and forged certificates!
— Anambra 1st son💭 (@UchePOkoye) June 25, 2022
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. pic.twitter.com/yweJgbumgH
— Ajị bussu onye mpiawa azu🏳️🌈 (@AfamDeluxo) June 25, 2022
A Tinubu presidency will be the biggest heist in history; this is why it won't happen and can't happen.
— Royalty (@royaltyuso) June 24, 2022
Bola Ahmed Tinubu : The First And Only Man That Didn’t Go To School But Ended Up Working at ExxonMobil.
What A Man !!
— Akin Akinwale (@mrlurvy) June 25, 2022
Chief Bode George has always challenged Tinubu to just show one of his Classmates during his primary School days.
With this Certificates issue arising, means Bode George is vindicated.
— Abubakar Hamma Galafi (@Galafi_Hamma) June 24, 2022
So what is real about Tinubu?
**Date of birth is controversial
**Year of birth controversial
**Source of income controversial
**School certificates unknown
**Political ideology: 50 million youths to drive the demand & supply of low value Agbado.
— FS Yusuf (@FS_Yusuf_) June 24, 2022
I wrote in 2014 that Tinubu's affidavit that he attended Government College Ibadan (GCI) between 1965 and 1968 is false. I was in GCI from 1962-1968, and Tinubu was not there. Tinubu now tells INEC he did not go to primary or secondary school. This means he committed perjury.
— Femi Aribisala (@femiaribisala) June 25, 2022
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