Chicago State University (CSU) has confirmed that President Bola Ahmed Tinubu did attend and graduate from the university.
In a statement released, CSU clarified that while they can confirm Tinubu’s graduation, they cannot authenticate the diploma as it is considered a ceremonial document and not part of a student’s official academic file.
The university cited federal law, specifically the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), which protects the privacy of student records and limits what information can be released.
CSU expressed confidence in the veracity and integrity of their records regarding Tinubu’s graduation and degree certificate.
They also stated that they are not a party to the Nigerian legal proceedings and that a U.S. federal judge will determine whether further requested information will be provided.
This clarification comes in response to disputes over Tinubu’s educational qualifications raised during the Nigerian presidential election.
Atiku Abubakar, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), had questioned the authenticity of Tinubu’s educational qualifications and claimed that the documents submitted were not authentic. Atiku had requested CSU officials to hand over Tinubu’s academic documents and to compel him to appear for depositions during a hearing in Chicago.
The judge has not yet ruled on this request.
This article was updated 1 month ago