Inconsistencies And Discrepancies in Tinubu’s Academic Records
In a shocking twist in the ongoing drama surrounding the election of Bola Tinubu as President of Nigeria, new details have emerged regarding his academic credentials.
In an effort to uncover the truth, Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of PDP who lost the election to Tinubu, has filed a lawsuit in the US seeking official documents from Tinubu’s alma mater, Chicago State University.
The allegations and counter-allegations have sparked intense debate in Nigeria, with some questioning Tinubu’s fitness to lead and others defending his record and accomplishments.
Tinubu had done all within his power not to have the record released, saying they would cause him severe harm because they were private to him but a United States District Court in Northern Illinois ordered CSU to release the academic records.
However, a deeper analysis of the documents pointed out so many issues.
The documents released by CSU have sparked curiosity and raised new questions.
Notably, in some of the transcripts circulating online, President Tinubu is identified as “female,” whereas other documents clearly address him as “Mr.” A copy of his Southwest College record, which played a crucial role in his admission to CSU, also identifies him as “female.”
While the release of President Tinubu’s academic records confirms that he did graduate from CSU in 1979, it also raises additional questions about the consistency and accuracy of the documents.
Here are a few more key points to consider:
- The transcripts from CSU list the social security number associated with Tinubu’s student account as 576-26-5446. However, the social security number listed on Tinubu’s driver’s license is 043-76-8568. It’s not clear why these numbers are different.
In a piece entitled, ‘6 Major Findings about Tinubu from the CSU Documents’, Kperogi wrote, “Tinubu obviously identified as a man throughout the two years he studied at the school.
A Nigerian CSU graduate and classmate of Tinubu’s swore under oath that Tinubu ran for and won election as president of CSU’s accounting students’ association.
His yearbook photo from 1979 also clearly showed a younger version of Tinubu.
“The Bola A. Tinubu who applied to Southwest College for an associate degree in 1975 claimed to have attended Government College, Lagos, and presented a 1970 GCE A-level result with grades E in Chemistry and Biology and an F in Physics.
The problem is that Government College, Lagos, was established in 1974. So, there’s a chronological conundrum there, which signposts forgery.
- The transcripts from CSU show that Tinubu completed his bachelor’s degree in two years, while other sources say that the average completion time for a bachelor’s degree is four years.
- The transcripts from CSU indicate that Tinubu took at least one course with an unusual title, “General Studies 24:86”, while other sources do not mention this course.
- The transcripts from CSU list several courses that do not appear in the typical curriculum for a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.
- Tinubu’s Southwest College transcript listed his date of birth as March 29, 1954, while other documents listed his date of birth as March 29, 1952.
- Tinubu’s Southwest College transcript listed his gender as female, while other documents listed his gender as male.
- Tinubu’s Southwest College transcript listed his major as General Studies, while other documents listed his major as Business Administration.
Tinubu who applied to Southwest College for an associate degree in 1975 claimed to have attended Government College, Lagos, and presented a 1970 GCE A-level result.
Whereas, Government College, Lagos, was established in 1974 by the administration of Brig. General Mobolaji Johnson.
In his documents to INEC, Tinubu said he was born on March 29, 1952.
This is his known date of birth, at least from the yearly colloquium he organised consistently until he got elected into the highest office in the land.
However, in the record released by CSU, Tinubu was said to have been born on March 29, 1954, a clear gap of two years.
Farooq Kperogi, a US-based Professor, who analysed the documents said while some were authentic, he believed part of it was forged.
A careful look at the documents showed that the certificate which Tinubu submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is different from the certificates CSU issued in 1979.
Tinubu, who had previously claimed to have lost his original certificates, presented a replacement of his CSU diploma to INEC.
This reporter sighted a sample of diploma issued in 1979 by the university which is slightly different from the replacement it says it issued to Tinubu 18 years later