A former Minister of Sports and Youth, Solomon Dalung has given explanation why he posted his 1990 West African Education Council (WAEC) certificate, Certificate of Call to the Bar, as well as his Bachelor of Law and Master of Laws certificates both from the University of Jos on social media.
He spoke on Tuesday after many interpreted his post to be a reference to the controversy over President Bola Tinubu’s academic records.
Recall that Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party sued the President in a US court, alleging that Tinubu forged his Chicago State University (CSU) certificate submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) ahead of the February 25 presidential election.
Dalung posted his credentials on the social media platform on Saturday.
The former minister shed light on the social media post during a live appearance on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily.
Asked what the rationale was behind the post, he said, “I voluntarily made my credentials available for public scrutiny. The reason behind this decision stems from the ongoing intense international and national brouhaha surrounding the issue of academic credentials in Nigeria.
“The President of Nigeria and his political allies are going from one court to another in America and Nigeria regarding their credentials. Now, what is going on has made everyone in Nigeria who owns a certificate a suspect.”
“I have also put my certificate out publicly. If anyone is not satisfied, they can also go to court to compel the University of Jos to release my transcript.”
The lawyer stated that though he had respect for Tinubu and was not mocking him over the certificate issue, he believed the President’s team not only mismanaged the issue, but inadvertently exacerbated the problem.
“I have a lot of respect for the President. I don’t envy him with whatever he is going through with this certificate thing. I think it is being mismanaged by his handlers. Those who are creating more problems of this issue are his handlers,” he said.
“The more they talk, the more they introduce new issues that people capitalise on to add more burden on the President. This affects the President directly.”