Tinubu’s certificate: “We don’t have time for frivolous issues”– Foreign Affairs Minister

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Yusuf Tuggar, has come out to say that the FG does not have time to waste on frivolous issues.

The frivolous issues which he referred to was that of addressing the controversy surrounding the release of the certificate of President Tinubu from Chicago State University (CSU) and claim of having attended the school as a male.

Tuggar made this statement while speaking on Channels TV Sunrise Daily programme on October 4th, 2023. He added that the controversy does not pose any effect on the recent international engagements of the President.

His words: “There is a tendency to always try to distract and detain people on such frivolous issues as opposed to facing the major issues of development. We don’t have time to waste on that.”

Tuggar highlighted reasons why the issue about the release of some certificate shouldn’t be our primary focus at the moment. The reasons include:

• The country is facing economic challenges which is a critical situation the nation is in right now.

“The economic challenges we are facing – we shouldn’t be wasting time about whether some certificate, whether there is a T missing or an I hasn’t been dotted.”

• The persons’ certificate queried has served in various capacity in government.

“Nobody is wasting time about certificate qualification for somebody who has been a governor of a state, served two terms, and has been on the national stage as a politician.”

He cited a similar incident that played out during Buhari’s administration. In his words;

“You remember that (former) President Buhari had to go through the same thing, where people were actually questioning whether he went to secondary school or not. Someone who had classmates was the captain; he was a head boy.”

Recall that the demand for the release of President Bola Tinubu’s academic records to be made available by Chicago State University (CSU) was initiated by Atiku Abubakar, a PDP presidential candidate in the 2023 Presidential election.

The documents were however released to Atiku’s legal team on Monday by the university after a United States court ordered that the academic records of President Tinubu be released.