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CSU Certificate Saga: Stop Debates, Allow Supreme Court To Decide, Agbakoba Tackles Lawyers

The US court case has generated intense interest among Nigerians, sparking endless discussions and debate.


COMBO: Olisa Agbakoba, SAN, and the Chicago State University logo

 

A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Olisa Agbakoba, on Monday, expressed strong disapproval of lawyers arguing in the public space over President Bola Tinubu’s Chicago State University (CSU) certificate as it remains a subject of litigation.

This follows Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar’s US court case against Tinubu on allegations that the President forged the certificate he submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) ahead of the February 25 election.

As Atiku seeks legal redress over the tribunal judgment affirming the election, the former Vice President last week applied for a leave of the Supreme Court to tender Tinubu’s academic records which he said were handed over to him by CSU.

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The US court case has generated intense interest among Nigerians, sparking endless discussions and debate.

But Agbakoba, in a statement, expressed exasperation over a perceived disregard of ethics by lawyers wading into the issue before the Supreme Court’s verdict.

“Can we please stop heating up our country!!! Let us allow the Supreme Court of Nigeria to make a judicial pronouncement which is binding on us all!!!! This public nonsense must stop,” he said.

See the full statement below:

PRESS RELEASE

THIS MADNESS OF CHICAGO STATE UNIVERSITY MUST STOP NOW!!!

The cacophony of discordant voices on Tinubu / Atiku over the certificate matter is completely out of hand. This utter nonsense from arm chair lawyers is heating up Nigeria dangerously.

Please can we keep our opinions and views to ourselves awaiting a decision of the Supreme Court.

Am so ashamed to see Lawyers on Television arguing one way or the other on the merits or demerits of the Chicago State University matter. This is most unhelpful! I call out all media that tolerate this nonsense of adjudicating the CSU matter on TV and Newspapers.

I urge the President of the Nigerian Bar Association to call out lawyers that breach rules of ethics by turning the media into a Court of Law.

Can we please stop heating up our country!!! Let us allow the Supreme Court of Nigeria to make a judicial pronouncement which is binding on us all!!!! This public nonsense must stop