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The All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate Bola Tinubu has come under fire from newspaper columnist Farooq Kperogi for reportedly avoiding the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) program.

On Wednesday, Kperogi questioned why the former governor of Lagos did not sign up for the NYSC program despite though he was qualified to do so in a lengthy post on his Facebook page.

According to the media researcher, Tinubu was under 30 years old when he graduated from Chicago State University and declined to fight for his country.

People who are challenging Tinubu’s college degree, in Kperogi’s opinion, should instead be wondering why the APC presidential candidate chose not to participate in the NYSC program.

People who are disputing Tinubu’s degree from Chicago State University are barking up the wrong tree, he claimed.

After completing a two-year community college program at Chicago’s Richard J. Daley College, “A Bola Ahmed Tinubu” graduated from that institution (Whether that Bola A. Tinubu is the same as the APC presidential candidate is another matter).

Contrary to what some individuals have been suggesting, a high school diploma is not always required for entrance to a college in the US.

You may substitute the General Educational Development (GED) test results for a secondary school diploma if you are an adult who did not attend or complete high school. It resembles the “external GCE” of Nigeria.

Additionally, if you can demonstrate a higher qualification, not having a primary or secondary school diploma does not exclude you from running for office in Nigeria. The constitution just specifies a prerequisite. You do not need to provide proof for the minimal if you possess a higher qualification.

“Please note that this is unrelated to Tinubu’s earlier perjury. He had falsely stated under oath in his 1999 INEC forms that he had attended the University of Chicago, Government College, and St. Paul Primary School, Aroloya, Lagos.

“Can a prior instance of perjury that the courts had dismissed on technical grounds serve as a basis to disqualify him years later? The lawyers aren’t present.

Well, I believe it would be more fruitful for Tinubu’s detractors to inquire as to why he chose not to participate in the required National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) following the awarding of his degree in 1979. He did not include his participation in the NYSC on his most recent INEC form. Neither did he in his 1999 INEC form, according to Kperogi.

He was born in 1952, according to his transcripts from Chicago State University and Daley College, which indicate he was 27 years old when he received his bachelor’s degree. Since he was under 30 at the time, he was obligated by law to sign up for the NYSC.

Finding out whether or not Tinubu enrolled in the program might provide a clue to the mystery surrounding his intriguing life story, despite June 26, 2019, Abuja Federal High Court ruling that stated candidates for elective political office cannot be disqualified from participating in elections for failure to participate in the NYSC.

But exposing his identity won’t remove him from the voting. The best—or worst—thing that those who dislike him can do in 2023 does not vote for him.

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