The leader of the South-West socio-cultural group, Afenifere, Ayo Adebanjo, has reacted to the controversy surrounding President Bola Tinubu’s academic records at the Chicago State University (CSU).
According to him, he thinks the Nigerian people should be the judge of the issue of the President’s academic results.
Adebanjo, during an interview with The Punch, said the issue was something he didn’t want to discuss, but all he knows is that when one becomes a political figure, their lives no longer remain private.
The Afenifere leader noted that what is happening is not rocket science, and people understand, so therefore, they should be the judge of everything.
“What do you make of it yourself? When you say you have a certificate, they say you should make it public. For example, how can they tell me now that I should provide my academic record, and I will now tell them not to get the record? It sounds somehow. An academic record is a public document. If I told you I worked at a bank and you told me that you were going to the bank to find out if I truly worked there, then I say don’t go there. What does that mean? You don’t need rocket science to tell you what is happening, but let the people judge.
“Personally, I don’t want to be involved in this issue of academic record. All I know is that for any political figure, your life is no longer private. Everything about him is public, and if any public figure is now saying anything contrary, I leave the public to judge.”
Recall that a United States court ruled in favour of the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, to be allowed access to Tinubu’s academic record at the Chicago State University.
The revelation of the record has created so many controversies, as Atiku who accused Tinubu of presenting a forged academic record to the INEC during the last presidential election.
It was gathered that the PDP flag bearer had approached the Supreme Court with the same evidence of alleged discrepancies in Tinubu’s academic records.
Speaking further about Yoruba Nations agitation, Adebanjo said Nigeria is better as one.
He, however, maintained that if it must be so, then the principles of equity and fairness must be considered.
He submitted; “The country is better together, but it means getting together on the principle of equity, fairness and inclusiveness. Then, everybody will be better together. I won’t be in Nigeria where one tribe is cheating me.
“That is the essence of equity, and that is why there should be federalism in a multi-national, I mean ethnic nationalities, a nation where every nation will develop in its own space. The moment you don’t do that, and you allow one section to dominate the other, there is no fairness there. So, if we are sincere about keeping Nigeria together as a nation, then adopt federalism where every section will be equal.”