Atiku Abubakar, the former Vice president of Nigeria and the presidential candidate of the People Democratic Party in the 2023 Presidential election, has voiced his confusion and skepticism about President Bola Ahmed Tinubu‘s educational background.
As announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), President Tinubu emerged as the winner of the election, securing a majority of votes, leaving Atiku Abubakar in the second position.
Taking to his official X page on Sunday morning, Atiku Abubakar expressed his bewilderment at the election outcome, reflecting on the disparity between their stated educational journeys.
In a series of tweets, Atiku referenced a statement made by President Tinubu in 1999, where he detailed his educational history. At that time, President Tinubu claimed to have attended St. John’s Primary School in Aroloya, Lagos, before continuing his education at Children’s Home School in Ibadan.
His academic journey allegedly led him to Government College Ibadan, and subsequently to Richard Daley College and Chicago State University in the United States.
Atiku Abubakar, however, highlighted the apparent contradiction in President Tinubu’s education history in 2023.
According to the recent information, President Tinubu now asserts that he only attended Chicago State University, omitting the earlier-mentioned schools from his educational trajectory.
Atiku Abubakar expressed his astonishment and questioned how such a shift in President Tinubu’s educational background could occur. He wondered how President Tinubu could have transitioned from a detailed academic journey to attending only one university.
Atiku further emphasized his perplexity, suggesting that Nigerians, as well as himself, should be equally puzzled by this disparity.
The former presidential candidate urged President Tinubu to clarify the situation, inviting him to shed light on how he attained his university degree despite the apparent contradictions in his educational journey.
Atiku Abubakar concluded by urging his followers to use the hashtag #AskTinubu to request an explanation directly from the president, in the hopes that the truth about the matter could be revealed.
The statement reads: “I woke up this morning wondering how we got to this cul de sac. In 1999, @officialABAT claimed he attended St. John’s Primary School, Aroloya, Lagos, before proceeding to Children Home School in Ibadan.
“According to him, his next port of call in his educational journey was Government College Ibadan and, Richard Daley College and Chicago State University in the United States.
“Curiously, in 2023, Tinubu settled with attending only @ChicagoState . I am scratching my head. How is that possible? Methinks that all well-meaning Nigerians should be as confused as I am with Tinubu’s declaration that he had no primary and secondary education, yet he has a university degree. You may wish to #AskTinubu how he attained this feat so that we can learn from his ingenuity”
His remark comes as the Presidential Elections Petitions Tribunal (PEPT) reserves judgement in the petitions filed by Atiku and Peter Obi of the Labour Party (LP) challenging the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)’s declaration of Tinubu as Nigeria’s president.
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