Tuesday October 17, 2023
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) is reaffirming the accuracy of its report, released last week, which stated that President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s Chicago State University (CSU) certificate is authentic.
In response to concerns raised by specific individuals, the global media organization is standing by the veracity of its coverage.
A letter signed by the BBC Complaints Team, sent to one of its audience members over the weekend, expressed regret that there are individuals dissatisfied with“our findings on this matter”.
The BBC letter reads: “Dear Audience Member. Thank you for taking time to write to us.
We recieved a number of complaints on our investigative report on the authenticity of Nigerian president, Bola Tinubu attending and graduating from Chicago State University’ and the forgery allegation concerning the certificate he submitted to the Nigerian electoral body before the presidential election in 2023.
Thank you for taking your time to write us. We regret that you are unhappy with our findings on this matter.
We have looked into this over again and the BBC has not seen any evidence that the certificate is in anyway forged.
We have again contacted Chicago State University’ and they confirmed for the umpteenth time that Bola Tinubu’ graduated from the University in 1979 with a Bachelor’s degree.
We believe our text piece on this matter has been informative and responsible, reporting known facts.
We therefore stand by our journalism on the Tinubu’s certificate matter. The document submitted has same font, seal and signature with other diploma issued by CSU around 1990s and we can boldly confirmed this. The fact that the replacement certificates was not issued directly by CSU did not invalidate it. Third party vendors are legally permitted to issue replacement Diplomas on behalf of some US colleges and universities, which are brought to the university for vetting and signing by the vendors before it release it to the owner and the CSU allows this practice as well.
So therefore, we believed those saying otherwise on the matter are either ignorant of the colleges and university system in the US or are deliberately playing political mischief over it. So, we stand by our journalism on the subject matter.