Ayo Adebanjo, the head of the socio-cultural organization Afenifere in the South-West, has replied to the controversy concerning President Bola Tinubu’s academic record at Chicago State University (CSU).
In his words, he believes that it should be up to the people of Nigeria to evaluate the controversy concerning the President’s educational history.
In a discussion with The Punch, Adebanjo conveyed his hesitation to go into details on the matter, emphasizing that once an individual steps into the political arena, their personal life becomes public knowledge.
The leader of Afenifere pointed out that this situation can be easily understood by anyone, implying that regular people should form their own opinions.
“I’ll personally prefer not to delve into this issue of educational background. It’s evident that when you become a political figure, your life becomes an open book. Anything you say or do is in the public eye, and if their actions or statements change over time, it’s up to the public to decide,” he said.
It’s worth remembering that a U.S. court has allowed the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Atiku Abubakar, to access Tinubu’s educational records from Chicago State University.
The unveiling of these documents has stirred a multitude of controversies, devastating ones like Atiku accusing Tinubu of submitting a tampered educational record to the INEC in the previous presidential race.
It has been unveiled that the PDP’s representative approached the Supreme Court providing the same alleged inconsistency in Tinubu’s educational background as evidence.
Adebanjo further discussed the Yoruba Nations’ agitation, claiming that one united Nigeria is a more desirable outcome.
However, he fiercely argued that such unity should be fostered based on the principles of equity and sincerity.
“In my view, a united country is advantageous. However, this unity must be built upon principles like equality, fairness, and inclusivity, ensuring that everyone benefits equally from unification. I do not want to be part of a Nigeria where one ethnic group dominates others unjustly. True fairness is key to achieving a stable federal structure in a multilingual nation. This allows each region to thrive within its own sphere. If we sincerely aim at preserving Nigeria as a united entity, then adopting a federal system that treats all parts equally is a must,” he stated.