Chicago State Confirms Tinubus 1979 Graduation Amid Doubts

Chicago State Confirms Tinubu’s 1979 Graduation Amid Doubts

Chicago State University (CSU) has again confirmed that Nigerian President Bola Tinubu graduated in 1979. This affirmation comes amidst ongoing controversy surrounding Tinubu’s academic credentials.

The Peoples Democratic Party’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, had filed a lawsuit in the U.S. This lawsuit aimed to compel CSU to release Tinubu’s academic records.

CSU stated that it was confident in the integrity of its records regarding Tinubu’s graduation. However, the university could not provide further details without consent or a court order due to U.S. federal law.

CBS published the university’s statement. It emphasized that CSU would respond similarly to any third-party request for student information in compliance with federal law.

In August 2023, a U.S. federal court received a request for Tinubu’s educational records. The court will determine whether the university will provide further information.


The reconfirmation by Chicago State University of President Bola Tinubu’s graduation is a significant development in the ongoing debate about his academic credentials. This issue has political implications, especially given the lawsuit filed by Atiku Abubakar, a political opponent.

The university’s stance, guided by U.S. federal law, adds a layer of complexity to the situation. It raises questions about how much educational institutions should be involved in political controversies.

The lawsuit and the subsequent confirmation from CSU also spotlight the role of educational credentials in political eligibility. It begs the question: How much weight should be given to academic qualifications in assessing the suitability of political leaders?

Did You Know?

  • Chicago State University was founded in 1867 and is a public university in Chicago, Illinois.
  • Bola Tinubu served as the Governor of Lagos State from 29 May 1999 to 29 May 2007.
  • The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a U.S. federal law protecting student education records privacy.
  • Atiku Abubakar, who filed the lawsuit, served as the Vice President of Nigeria from 1999 to 2007.
  • The controversy surrounding Tinubu’s academic credentials has been a topic of public debate in Nigeria for some time.


  • Felicia Komeja

    Felicia Komeja is a news content writer that loves to sew, travel, Copywrite, and read. She has one daughter, and her life revolves around this little girl who lights up Felicia's world with laughter. Email: felicia.kome[email protected]

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