Nigeria’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Yusuf Tuggar, has reacted to President Bola Tinubu’s alleged certificate saga, stating that ex-president Buhari had similar issues while in office.
Tuggar said this while appearing on Channels TV Sunrise Daily programme on Wednesday.
The minister stated that the certificate saga has no effect on the recent international engagements of President Tinubu, adding that the issue ‘is a distraction’.
He claimed that the present administration does not have time to waste on ‘frivolous issues’ following controversy surrounding President Bola Tinubu’s claim of having attended and obtained a certificate from Chicago State University in the United States of America.
He said, “There is a tendency to always try to distract and detain people on such frivolous issues as opposed to facing the major issues of development. We don’t have time to waste on that.
“Nobody is wasting time about certificate qualification for somebody who has been a governor of a state, served two terms, and has been on the national stage as a politician.
“You remember that (former) President Buhari had to go through the same thing, where people were actually questioning whether he went to secondary school or not. Someone who had classmates was the captain; he was a head boy.”
He urged Nigerians to focus on the economic challenges in the country presently and not on the certificate.
“The economic challenges we are facing – we shouldn’t be wasting time about whether some certificate, whether there is a T missing or an I hasn’t been dotted. That shouldn’t be our primary focus at the moment,” he stated.
Recall that the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party , Atiku Abubakar, had requested that President Tinubu’s academic records be made available by Chicago State University in an application to the US District Court in Northern Illinois.
The documents were released to Atiku’s legal team on Monday by the university after a United States court ordered that the academic records of President Tinubu be released.
“The foreign leaders with whom we’ve been engaging and the international organizations clearly are disinterested in wasting time on such,” he added.