Nigeria’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Yusuf Tuggar, has said the Bola Tinubu led administration has described the University Certificate controversy surrounding the President as “frivolous issues”
While appearing on Channels TV Sunrise Daily programme on Wednesday, Tuggar said the issues of the President’s certificate from his university had no effect on his international engagements.
The Minister also termed the controversy as a mere distraction.
His words: “There is a tendency to always try to distract and detain people on such frivolous issues as opposed to facing the major issues of development. We don’t have time to waste on that.
Nobody is wasting time about certificate qualification for somebody who has been a governor of a state, served two terms, and has been on the national stage as a politician.
“You remember that (former) President Buhari had to go through the same thing, where people were actually questioning whether he went to secondary school or not. Someone who had classmates was the captain; he was a head boy.
“The foreign leaders with whom we’ve been engaging and the international organizations clearly are disinterested in wasting time on such.
According to Turggar, Nigerians should be more focused on economic challenges than certificate sagas.
“The economic challenges we are facing – we shouldn’t be wasting time about whether some certificate, whether there is a T missing or an I hasn’t been dotted. That shouldn’t be our primary focus at the moment,” he said.
This is coming after the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, had requested that President Bola Tinubu’s academic records be made available by Chicago State University (CSU) in an application to the US District Court in Northern Illinois.
The documents were released to Atiku’s legal team on Monday by the university after a United States court ordered that the academic records of President Tinubu be released.