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Chicago State University confirms President Tinubu’s records as student

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The Chicago State University (CSU), has confirmed that Nigeria’s President Bola Ahmed Tinubu indeed attended and graduated from the university in 1979.

With the confirmation, institution has put to rest speculations that Tinubu did not attend the school nor graduate from there.

The clarification became necessary following The clarification from the CSU is coming following disputes over the February 25 presidential election in Nigeria which was won by Tinubu which led to a petition from the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP), Atiku Abubakar, questioning the authenticity of Tinubu’s educational qualifications.

In the petition seeking a nullification of Tinubu’s victory at the polls, Atiku had claimed that documents showing that the President graduated from the Chicago State University in 1979 were not authentic.

According to Atiku, the photocopy of Tinubu’s certificate submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), and purportedly issued and signed by the University President, Elnora Daniel, in 1979, was fake as Daniel didn’t arrive at CSU until 1998 and left about ten years later.

At a hearing in Chicago early this week, Atiku had, through his lawyers, asked Judge Jeffrey Gilbert of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois to compel CSU officials to hand over Tinubu’s academic documents and to compel him to appear for depositions, a request the judge did not rule on.

But in a statement released on Friday clarifying its position on the controversies surrounding the President’s educational status, the University said it can confirm Tinubu graduated from the institution but could not however, authenticate the diploma because, according to the statement, it was just a ceremonial document that is not part of a student’s official academic file.

The statement issued by a spokeswoman for the institution reads:

“As an educational institution, we are sometimes asked to provide information related to student records. Federal law known as FERPA (the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) protects the privacy of student records and limits what an institution can release.

“In August 2023, a request was made in U.S. federal court for the university to provide information related to educational records concerning Bola Tinubu, the President of Nigeria, and a former CSU student.

“The university has confirmed Tinubu attended CSU and graduated in 1979 with a bachelor’s degree. Federal law, however, prevents us from providing any further information without consent or unless allowed to do so via court order.”

“CSU is confident in the veracity and integrity of our records regarding Tinubu’s completion of graduation requirements and degree certificate. The university is not a party to the Nigerian legal proceedings that spurred this request, and a U.S. federal judge will determine whether the university will provide further requested information.

“Our response to the request for Tinubu’s academic records has been entirely consistent with our practices, policies and federal law. We would respond in exactly the same manner for any request for any student information by a third party,” the statement added.

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Zambia: ‘Though I made mistakes, you can’t compare my tenure to Hichilema’s’ —Ex-president Lungu

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Former Zambian President, Edgar Lungu, has admitted that though he made mistakes during his reign as president from 2015 to 2021, there is no basis to compare his administration with that of incumbent President Hakainde Hichilema.

Lungu, who was responding to a write up by a foremost Zambian academic, Dr. Sishuwa’s titled “How President Hakainde Hichilema is using Lawfare to subvert democracy in Zambia,” where he made comparisons with Lungu’s era on his facebook page on Saturday, said while he did not dispute the existence of “Lawfare” in many jurisdictions, it was not a suitable and correct comparison to mirror his political leadership as President then to the current full scale authoritarian regime.

In the article, Sishuwa said Zambia experienced democratic backslide between 2011 and 2021 under the Patriotic Front with the deliberate use of legal mechanisms to weaken opposition parties.

“Hichilema has orchestrated an assault on human rights and democracy to the extent that he must be treated like an Edgar Lungu with a better Public Relations,” the academic had said.

But while reacting to the scathing criticism, Lungu fired back:

“Honestly, I find this observation and conclusion both unfair and quite inaccurate as he (the author) seeks to compare our moderate rule then to HH’s unapologetic lawfare regime of today.”

The ex-President expressed his shock and disappointment that Sishuwa likens him to Hichilema, adding that he takes great exception to this.

He therefore advised Sishuwa to resist the temptation of having to compare apples with oranges, as the two cannot be the same.

“Yes, I admit I had faults, but certainly not of this magnitude,” he concluded.

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‘Your sacrifices will not be in vain, you will smile soon,’ Tinubu assures Nigerians

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President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has, once again, assured Nigerians that the hardship and pains they have been made to go through as a result of his policies and reforms will not be in vain as they will have cause to smile sooner than they think.

Tinubu, who gave the assurance in his message to the Muslim faithful on the occasion of the 2024 Eid Al-Adha, said the citizens should see the religious celebration as a means of sacrifice, faith and obedience to the will of the Almighty.

In the statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Ajuri Ngelale, Tinubu urged the Muslim faithful to reflect on the essence of the occasion while he prayed that Allah accept their supplications and acts of obedience.

He emphasized that the sacrifices and great expectations of citizens will not come to nought.

“President Bola Tinubu celebrates with the Muslim Ummah on the joyous occasion of Eid-el-Kabir, an event that denotes sacrifice, faith, and obedience to the will of the Almighty,” the statement said.

“The President congratulates the Muslim faithful and prays that Allah accepts their supplications and acts of obedience.

“The President emphasizes that sacrifice and duty are essential ingredients to nation-building, noting that it takes collective purpose, will, and action to bring about great change.

“President Tinubu also urged Muslims to pray for peace in the country while celebrating with their families.

“He calls on citizens to spare a prayer for the nation for continuous peace and stability while working according to purpose in promoting unity, peace, and progress.

“The President acknowledges the sacrifices that Nigerians have made in the past one year as his administration sets the nation on a firm pedestal of growth and development.”

The statement also assured Nigerians of the positive outcomes of the President’s reforms to ease the current hardships Nigerians are experiencing.

“President Tinubu affirms that the sacrifices and great expectations of citizens will not come to nought as already propitious outcomes are beginning to manifest with the economy strengthening and vibrancy returning to critical sectors.

“The President reassures Nigerians that his administration is prioritizing their physical, social, and economic security and will not relent on this noble endeavour.

“President Tinubu wishes Nigerians happy Sallah celebrations.”

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