Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar addressed the media in Abuja on Thursday, expressing concern over the controversy surrounding the Chicago State University’s certificate submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) by President Bola Tinubu. Atiku emphasized that Nigeria’s reputation is on the line, urging relevant stakeholders to uncover the truth about the submitted certificate.
While briefing journalists, Atiku, the People’s Democratic Party’s presidential candidate in the 2023 election, stressed that the issue goes beyond individuals and is about upholding the tenets of democracy. He called on Peter Obi of the Labour Party and Rabiu Kwankwaso of the New Nigeria Peoples Party, both 2023 presidential candidates, to join him in the pursuit of justice for the country.
“This quest is not for or about Atiku Abubakar; it’s a quest for the enthronement of truth, morality, justice, and accountability in our public affairs,” Atiku asserted.
He further appealed to well-meaning Nigerians, leaders of thought, religious, traditional, community, and political leaders, including leaders of various political parties, to join the campaign for accountability and justice.
Atiku vowed to pursue his petition before the Supreme Court to a logical conclusion. The controversy arose when Atiku sought the release of Tinubu’s academic records from Chicago State University. Although Tinubu’s lawyers argued against the relevance of the documents, a federal judge overruled the objections and ordered the university to release the President’s academic records.
According to Atiku, as the legal battle continues, Atiku’s call for transparency and accountability resonates as a crucial step in upholding democratic values and safeguarding the reputation of the nation.