June 13, 2024

Chicago State University has restricted public access to its X microblogging handle as pressure mounts from Nigerians scrutinizing President Bola Tinubu’s controversial certificate allegedly obtained from the institution.

The account, now adorned with a padlock icon, has been restricted to “confirmed followers” of the university. This change was noted by Peoples Gazette on Monday, in contrast to its previous open status.

A notification displayed for the public states, “These posts are protected. Only confirmed followers have access to @ChicagoState’s posts and complete profile. Tap the ‘Follow’ button to send a follow request.”

Reasons behind the university’s decision to allow only confirmed followers access to its tweets while denying general public access remain unverified.

Chicago State University has not yet responded to the Gazette’s request for comments on this development. This move comes amid heated online discussions among Nigerian netizens concerning the authenticity of Mr. Tinubu’s academic credentials, with many specifically targeting the institution on X microblogging app.

Earlier in August, Mr. Abubakar sought court approval to subpoena Mr. Tinubu’s records held by CSU. He believed these documents could address apparent discrepancies in the president’s background. Publicly available documents indicated that the university admitted a female student with the name Bola Tinubu, born on March 29, 1954, in the 1970s.

In response to Mr. Abubakar’s legal actions, which could potentially reveal his academic records, Mr. Tinubu filed a motion to prevent a U.S. federal court from releasing his academic records to his main opponent in the 2023 presidential election.

The university claimed that a clerk was responsible for inconsistencies in a certificate reprinted in Mr. Tinubu’s name, according to court filings seen by The Gazette.

Amid the ongoing legal battle, Mr. Abubakar ridiculed Mr. Tinubu on Sunday, demanding that he disclose how he managed to obtain a degree from Chicago University without attending primary and secondary school. This tweet by Mr. Atiku sparked a trending discussion under the hashtag “AskTinubu” on the X microblogging app as Nigerians engaged in conversations surrounding Mr. Tinubu’s educational records.

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