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Atiku under fire for controversial tweet on Tinubu’s academic records


Atiku Abubakar Faces Backlash for Questioning President Tinubu’s Educational Background.

In a surprising turn of events, the Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2023 election, Atiku Abubakar, has ignited controversy by raising questions about President Bola Tinubu’s academic records at Chicago State University (CSU) in the United States. The former vice president recently took the matter to a U.S. court, seeking an order to compel CSU to disclose Tinubu’s academic records.

Ejes Gist Newspaper reported that CSU responded, confirming that President Tinubu indeed graduated from the institution in 1979. According to Tinubu’s credentials, he earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration, with a focus on accounting and management.


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Atiku Abubakar took to his verified Twitter account (@atiku) on Sunday to express his doubts about President Tinubu’s educational journey. He wondered aloud how Tinubu could have attended Chicago State University without having a primary and secondary education. Atiku’s tweet ignited a flurry of reactions from both supporters and critics.

Many of President Tinubu’s supporters rallied to his defense, criticizing Atiku for delving into such matters and questioning his motive for making such comments. One commenter, Musa Ahmad (@real_aahmad), suggested that Atiku seemed to have transitioned from politics to becoming a Twitter influencer, as he was now focusing on Tinubu’s educational background instead of electoral matters.


Another social media user, Balogun Jamih (@Balogun_Jamih), humorously likened President Tinubu’s impact on Atiku to how another political figure had essentially “retired” Atiku to the realm of Twitter influencers, drawing parallels with a similar fate experienced by a different politician.

Yet another commentator, Asakemijimi (@Asakemijimi), quipped that President Tinubu appeared to be causing Atiku sleepless nights, implying that Atiku’s comments were out of character and perhaps driven by political considerations rather than genuine curiosity.

In response, one user defended Atiku, highlighting his political maturity and class. Chibuzo Mikel (@chibuzo_mikel) suggested that Atiku’s tweet might not have been authorized by him, given his history of avoiding petty politics and mudslinging.

As this unexpected exchange unfolds on social media, it sheds light on the intricate dynamics of Nigerian politics and the ways in which social media platforms have become integral to the discourse. The focus on educational backgrounds, while unusual, reflects the intense scrutiny that political figures undergo in Nigeria’s vibrant political landscape. Whether these discussions will impact the upcoming political landscape or merely serve as online banter remains to be seen.



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