Labour Party’s presidential candidate during the February 25 election, Peter Obi, has called on President Bola Tinubu to reintroduce himself to the Nigerian people.
Obi, who came in third place during the election, stated that Tinubu should clarify his identity due to an alleged identity crisis. He made this request during a press conference in Abuja on Wednesday.
This action by the LP member was prompted by the recent disclosure of Tinubu’s academic records by Chicago State University. Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party obtained Tinubu’s academic records from the university and claimed that the President had forged his identity and the certificate he presented to INEC before the election.
However, Chicago State University confirmed that Tinubu did attend and graduate from the institution in 1979.
Nevertheless, Obi insisted that the President must disclose the educational institutions he attended and confirm his participation in the National Youth Service Corps program. He also urged Tinubu to clarify any name changes he may have undergone.
Obi emphasized that as the President of the country, Tinubu should no longer expect privacy regarding his identity. He stated that Tinubu should spare the country from the international embarrassment caused by the identity crisis.
According to Obi, “President Tinubu should reintroduce himself to Nigerians. He should tell us the schools he attended, if he participated in NYSC, and whether he indeed changed his name at any time. We need to know these things because he is the President of Nigeria.
“Nigeria is an international laughing stock because of President Tinubu’s identity crisis. We need to put an end to this embarrassment.”
Obi’s call came after Atiku released Tinubu’s academic records, which showed that he graduated from CSU in 1979 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in accounting. However, Atiku raised doubts about the authenticity of Tinubu’s certificate, suggesting it may have been forged.
Atiku has also called on Obi, Rabiu Kwankwaso, who were former members of the PDP, and other Nigerians to support his pursuit of “justice” in this matter.