Tinubu didn’t forge his CSU certificate, graduated with hounours’ – BBC

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The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), on Wednesday, posited that there is no proof that President Bola Ahmed Tinubu forged his academic records at the Chicago State University (CSU).

Following the recent release and deposition of Tinubu’s certificate by CSU to former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, reactions have trailed the political space as to whether Tinubu forged his certificate or not.

A United States court had asked CSU to release the president’s certificate to Atiku, the People’s Democratic Party’s 2023 presidential candidate.

While Tinubu, through his aides, has reiterated that his certificate from the CSU was not falsified, BBC via a report by its Global Disinformation Team also disclosed that there has not been any proof that he forged his record.

Recounting the development that led to the certificate saga, BBC said there are three versions of the CSU certificates for Tinubu.

“The CSU released several diplomas issued between 1979 and 2003. We analyzed all of them.

“There are three different diplomas for Mr. Tinubu that we refer to throughout our analysis:

“The original one, from 1979, which he has said in the past was lost when he went into exile in the 1990s.

“The second one, that he submitted to INEC – supposedly a replacement diploma from CSU (it is similar to diplomas issued by CSU in the 1990s).

“Additionally, CSU holds another replacement diploma for Mr. Tinubu that they say is probably from the early 2000s that he never collected.

“The allegations on social media are based on a comparison between the document Mr. Tinubu submitted to INEC and the 1979 diplomas released by CSU,” the analysis stated.

The deposition by CSU’s registrar, Caleb Westberg, according to the British media organization, also attested to it that Nigeria’s leader did not forge his diploma.

“Mr. Westberg said the template of CSU’s diploma has changed several times over the years.

He said any request for a new diploma would resemble the current template at that time, no matter when the student graduated,” the Disinformation Team stated.

“The BBC reached out to Mr. Tinubu’s team to get a copy of the diploma in question.

They sent what they said was the only existing copy of the diploma.

It is a black and white photocopy identical to what was submitted to Inec.

“Another claim, made by a fact-checking organization in Nigeria, was that the diploma Mr. Tinubu submitted was not from CSU as its diplomas do not include the phrase “with honors” under the degree name.

“But the BBC found that while this was not reflected in the other diplomas released by CSU, it does appear in Mr. Tinubu’s diploma issued in the early 2000s, which was authenticated by Mr. Westberg during his deposition.

“It has the words “with honors” – a match with the diploma with the same detail submitted by the president to INEC.”

“Mr. Westberg said that the school could authenticate this particular diploma because it was still in its possession as it was never picked up.

“Not every student graduate from university with honors. Mr Tinubu, as attested to by CSU in several court documents seen by the BBC, did graduate from CSU with honors,” the Corporation revealed.

The BBC, having contacted CSU with questions about its diplomas, the institution referred the Team to a statement that read in part: “We are confident and always have been in the veracity and integrity of our records regarding Tinubu’s attendance and completion of graduation requirements.”