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Mon, Aug 28, 2023 6:15 PM

Bola Tinubu Urges U.S. Court Not to Release His Chicago State University Records

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Bola Tinubu Urges U.S. Court Not to Release His Chicago State University Records
Bola Tinubu, the President of Nigeria, has requested a U.S. court to reject the release of his academic records from Chicago State University (CSU) due to the potential risk of Nigerian bloggers using the information to tarnish his reputation further. Tinubu's lawyers argue that previous records released by the university in 2022 became weapons in the hands of bloggers to attack his character. The opposition leader, Atiku Abubakar, has sought the release of Tinubu's records to address inconsistencies in his gender, graduation date, and age. Tinubu is strongly opposing the release to protect his political standing and integrity.

In a recent development, Nigerian President Bola Tinubu has submitted a plea to a U.S. court, requesting them not to disclose his Chicago State University (CSU) records. Tinubu, who has been facing criticisms and allegations from opposition figures, fears that Nigerian bloggers might employ the released records to further undermine his reputation. The President's concerns were revealed in court documents made available to the public by Peoples Gazette.

According to Tinubu's legal team, the university records previously released to Nigerian lawyer Mike Enahoro-Ebah in 2022 were manipulated by bloggers to attack his character. Tinubu's attorneys, Oluwole Afolabi and Charles Carmichael, issued a response on August 23, stating that the application for discovery of his CSU credentials should be denied if it is intended to provide opposition research or fodder for news bloggers.

Opposition research, commonly referred to as "oppo research", is a widely practiced political tactic that involves gathering information on political opponents to discredit or weaken them. Tinubu's lawyers made this point clear to emphasize the potential damage that could arise from the disclosure of his educational records.

The president's opposition rival and prominent presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, had approached the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, seeking an order to compel CSU to release Tinubu's records. Abubakar's intention behind this move was to address several inconsistencies in Tinubu's claims regarding his gender, graduation date, and age.

Previously, in a response to a subpoena in 2022, CSU had provided Mike Ebah with records indicating the existence of a female named Bola Tinubu, born on March 29, 1954, who claimed to have attended the university during the same period as Tinubu's purported attendance in the 1970s. Tinubu, more recently, removed references to his primary and secondary education from his records after it was discovered that the schools he had listed did not exist in Nigeria.

Abubakar's belief is that the requested records would disclose the documents Tinubu had submitted before his admission to CSU, specifically from his early and high school education.

CSU's response to the subpoena was initially published on the website of independent journalist David Hundeyin in 2022, resulting in its widespread circulation among Nigerian bloggers. The focus of this circulation and subsequent discussions on platforms such as Twitter (now known as X) was the gender controversy surrounding Tinubu, which raised significant concerns about his eligibility for the presidency and allegations of perjury.

The lawyers representing Tinubu claimed that a Nigerian "public interest litigator," in collaboration with a Chicago law firm and without court approval, had used a subpoena to test the veracity of Tinubu's claims about his educational background. They also suggested that CSU's records had already been weaponized by the litigator and bloggers to damage the president's character. In light of this, Tinubu fears a similar fate awaits the release of his records to Abubakar.

Abubakar intends to employ the findings from CSU in his argument at the presidential election petitions tribunal in Nigeria, seeking the nullification of Tinubu's declaration as president by INEC (Independent National Electoral Commission). The allegations raised against Tinubu include perjury, narcotics dealing, and electoral fraud.

As Tinubu fights vehemently to block the release of his CSU records and maintain his political position, the Nigerian public and international observers eagerly await the outcome of this legal battle and its potential implications for the country's political landscape.

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