Classmate Confirms Nigerian President’s Academic Record Amidst Legal Dispute
A Classmate’s Testimony
In the midst of an ongoing legal dispute between Nigeria’s President Bola Tinubu and former Vice President Atiku Abubakar about Tinubu’s academic records at Chicago State University, a new development has come to light. Olajide Adeniji, claiming to be a classmate of Tinubu at the university, has sworn an oath affirming his familiarity with the President.
Adeniji testified in a US district court that he not only knew Tinubu but also ran against him for the presidency of the Accounting Society Club in the Department of Business Admin/Accounting at the same university. This revelation follows a similar claim by Durojaiye Ogunsanya, a public affairs analyst, who also professed to be a coursemate of Tinubu.
Adeniji’s affidavit, taken on September 23 at the Northern District of Illinois Court in Chicago, vouches for his personal knowledge of the facts stated and affirms his ability to testify if required. He confirmed that he attended Chicago State University from 1977 to 1979, graduating with a degree in Business Administration/Accounting, and during that time, he was familiar with Bola Ahmed Tinubu, who is now the President of Nigeria.
Adeniji stated that he and Tinubu were in the same course of study and ran against each other in a closely contested race for the Leadership of the Accounting Society Club. The affidavit concludes with Adeniji recognizing and confirming that the person he attended Chicago State University with, Bola A. Tinubu, is indeed the same individual who is now serving as the President of Nigeria. He declares under penalty of perjury that all the information provided is true and correct.
A New Layer to the Legal Tussle
This development adds a fresh layer to the legal dispute regarding President Tinubu’s academic records. Controversy stirred when certain political opponents claimed that the Tinubu who attended Chicago State University was a female. This allegation led to the legal tussle, with former Vice President Atiku Abubakar filing a suit in an American court demanding the university disclose Tinubu’s academic record.
However, the testimonies of Adeniji and Ogunsanya serve to confirm Tinubu’s graduation and shed light on his character and ambition during his university days. As classmates, their accounts offer valuable insights into the president’s academic journey and personal qualities. These testimonies contribute significantly to the ongoing conversation about the president’s past and may impact the outcome of the legal dispute.
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