Chicago State University Restricts Access to Information Following Public Interest

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By Daniel Edu

Chicago State University in the United States has taken its official X page offline for public viewing after a surge of inquiries from Nigerians seeking to confirm the graduation status of President Bola Tinubu from the institution.

The move comes after a petition submitted by Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, in a United States court, requesting access to Tinubu’s academic records at the university.

The X page, which was initially accessible to the public, has now been made private, displaying a message stating that only confirmed followers can view the content.

Reports from earlier this year confirmed that Tinubu had attended Chicago State University. Beverly Poindexter, who handles transcript requests and degree verification at the Office of the Registrar, confirmed Tinubu’s attendance via email, suggesting that formal requests for additional information be directed to the studentclearinghouse.org website.

A letter dated August 20, 1999, signed by the then Registrar, Lois Davis, also authenticated Tinubu’s enrollment at the university from August 1977 to June 1979. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business and Administration with honors, majoring in Accounting.

Furthermore, during his 2003 gubernatorial re-election campaign, a commendation letter from Chicago State University was attached to Tinubu’s form CF004 submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission, recognizing his high academic performance.

Tinubu’s educational credentials have been a subject of debate, particularly following the 2023 general election. The increased attention has led to Chicago State University taking measures to restrict public access to its information amid the inquiries.

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