Ezekwesili believes that Tinubu had the opportunity to prevent Nigeria’s humiliation.

admin October 4, 2023
Updated 2023/10/04 at 8:25 AM

Oby Ezekwesili, the former Education Minister, criticized President Bola Tinubu for not taking the initiative to release his academic records after they were made public by the Chicago State University (CSU).

Ezekwesili argued that Tinubu should have anticipated the potential embarrassment and set an example of transparency by voluntarily making his academic credentials available. She expressed disappointment at the lack of transparency among Nigerian leaders.

“Could it really have been that difficult? How much easier and less traumatic it would have been for Nigerians if such transparent disclosure had been made to remove all doubts.

Like many Nigerians, it is deeply embarrassing to face ridicule and questioning from foreigners about a matter that strikes at the core of our national integrity.

Our public leaders of a certain kind despise transparency, yet it is the antidote to disasters like this one.

As citizens, once the 2023 electoral process is complete and the Nigerian Supreme Court @SupremeCourtNg has made its judgment, we have a clear duty to demand a comprehensive and unwavering reform of both the entire Electoral @inecnigeria and Judicial Systems @njcNig.”

The Neo Africana Centre has requested the involvement of Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, in the ongoing controversy surrounding President Bola Tinubu’s claims of having attended and received a certificate from Chicago State University (CSU) in the United States.

According to the public policy think tank, it is out of character for Soyinka to remain disinterested in an issue that he would ordinarily be concerned about.

Particularly because Soyinka has recently made it clear through his statements that he has a vested interest in the outcome of the 2023 presidential election.

The think tank is curious as to why someone like Wole Soyinka, who is known for his emphasis on transparency and accountability in public office, is not actively addressing the dubious and deceitful nature surrounding Bola Tinubu’s educational background.

They believe that this situation is bringing embarrassment to the Nigerian presidency and causing division within the country.

In a communication from the Centre’s Director of Public Affairs, Jenkins Udu, the Centre called upon Soyinka to voice his opinion on this national disgrace, reminding him of his own belief that remaining silent in the face of tyranny leads to the death of one’s principles.

The Centre argued that nothing could be more tyrannical than forcing the public to accept false information, such as fraudulent educational claims. Therefore, they urged Soyinka to publicly express his stance on the controversy surrounding Tinubu’s status at CSU.

The statement stated:

“We have observed with concern the troubling stories surrounding President Bola Tinubu’s assertion of attending and obtaining a degree from Chicago State University in the United States of America.

“What is particularly perplexing is Tinubu’s appeal to the university and the court to withhold his academic records from being disclosed.

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