Dele Momodu, a prominent figure in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has stated that Femi Fani-Kayode, the former Minister of Aviation, is refraining from commenting on the ongoing controversy regarding President Bola Tinubu’s educational qualifications, due to the difficulty in defending allegations of forgery.
It should be remembered that the former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, has charged Tinubu with falsifying his certificate from Chicago State University (CSU), which was given to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
This issue has caused a rivalry between Tinubu and Atiku’s camps, becoming publicly known when a U.S. court ordered CSU to release the certificate to Atiku.
In an Instagram video on Thursday, Momodu advised President Tinubu to distance himself from flatterers who are ignorant of legal matters.
The Ovation Magazine publisher remarked that lawyers, better than anyone, understand the near impossibility of defending forgery, and as such, choose to remain mum on this controversy.
“Cease surrounding yourself with uninformed flatterers. There are wiser individuals in Nigeria ready to counsel you. Seek these individuals out, they are within reach,” Momodu remarked.
“Forgery is indefensible! It’s a fact well-known to lawyers, and I’m certain individuals like Fani-Kayde are aware. They can’t defend it, which would explain their current silence.”
He went on to suggest that the President should tender an apology, leaving it up to Nigerians to accept it or not.
“Why not simply apologize and move forward?” As I’ve previously stated, this doesn’t guarantee acceptance of the apology. But at least it’s a starting point, instead of us feeling insulted.”
“You allow these individuals, who truly don’t have much at stake, to insult everyone on social media? I would support a man who has the guts to apologize,” he concluded.