A group, the United Global Resolve for Peace has mandated the National Assembly to probe President Bola Tinubu, over the validity and authenticity of his educational qualification at the Chicago State University.
Making this call in a statement issued, the UGRFP Chairman, Shalom Olaseni on Thursday, noted that the investigation will not only be a matter of justice but a commitment to the rule of law and transparency in the governance.
Olaseni insisted that leaving the issue unaddressed may give the country a bad image regionally and globally, noting that allowing the controversy to persist also had extensive implications.
“The UGRFP further implores the National Assembly, as the embodiment of Nigeria’s legislative authority, to approach this matter with the utmost seriousness. A thorough, impartial, and expeditious investigation is not only a matter of justice but a demonstration of our commitment to the rule of law and transparency,” Olaseni noted.
The Chairman further warned against provocative and ill-motivated antics by some individuals, to take advantage of the issue to settle political scores against the President, while noting that Nigeria’s reputation, both locally and internationally, hinges on citizens’ collective ability to address the allegations surrounding the President Tinubu’s certificate with absolute transparency and integrity.
Olaseni also urged the President to address Nigerians and provide ‘irrefutable evidence’ to validate the authenticity of his educational qualification acquired from the CSU, noting that it was imperative for the sustenance of trust and confidence in the nation’s leadership.
He explained that some reactions to the controversy surrounding the allegedly forged school certificate of the President from the American University were alarming and held the danger of letting the matter be undermined by “caricature, bants and vindictive motives”, hence the need to safeguard the reputation and credibility of Nigeria.
He added, “We note with growing concerns how allegations of President Tinubu presenting a forged school certificate from Chicago State University to the Independent National Electoral Commission has ignited a whirlwind of media attention, both locally and on the international stage. UGRFP recognizes that such allegations are grave and, if left unaddressed, have the potential to cast a long shadow over Nigeria’s image, both regionally and globally.
“The President, as a custodian of our national leadership, owes it to the Nigerian people to provide irrefutable evidence that validates the authenticity of his claimed educational qualifications. Transparency is not a mere expectation; it is an imperative for the sustenance of trust and confidence in our leadership.
“By failing to address allegations of this magnitude, President Tinubu risks sending a message that integrity and accountability can be compromised with impunity, thereby undermining the very foundation of Nigeria’s democracy.”