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Chicago State University locks X Account Amidst Controversy Over Tinubu’s Certificate

Chicago State University Takes Prudent Steps Amidst Academic Records InquiryChicago State University, located in the United States, has adopted a guarded approach by setting its public-facing X page to private, following alleged engagement from Nigerian individuals seeking clarification on President Bola Tinubu’s educational background at the institution.This development comes in the midst of heightened interest spurred by a petition initiated by Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate representing the Peoples Democratic Party. Abubakar has taken his quest for information regarding Tinubu’s academic achievements at Chicago State University to the United States court system.A review conducted on the previously accessible page on Tuesday revealed that the institution has imposed privacy settings. A message accompanying the transition reads as follows: “These posts are protected. Only confirmed followers have access to @ChicagoState‚Äôs posts and complete profiles. Tap a Follow button to send a follow request.”PUNCH, a prominent news outlet, had previously reported in January 2022 that the university authenticated Tinubu’s attendance at the institution.Beverly Poindexter, the individual responsible for official transcript requests, enrollment, and degree verification at the Office of the Registrar, CSU, responded succinctly via email, stating, “Mr. Tinubu did attend our university, however, if further information is needed, go to studentclearinghouse.org website to make a formal request.”An earlier correspondence, dated August 20, 1999, and signed by then Registrar, Lois Davis, firmly corroborates Tinubu’s status as a student between 1977 and 1979. The university’s statement asserted, “Please be advised that Bola A. Tinubu did indeed attend Chicago State University from August 1977 through June 1979. He was awarded a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business and Administration with honors on June 22, 1979. His major was Accounting.”Furthermore, Tinubu’s submission to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) during his 2003 gubernatorial re-election bid included an attached commendation letter from CSU, recognizing his exceptional performance and “high scholastic achievement.”The ongoing debate surrounding Tinubu’s academic qualifications has been a recurring point of contention, particularly in the aftermath of the 2023 general election.


Ademola Adeyemi

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