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PROFESSOR NARRATES HIS OWN ORDEAL OVER HIS CERTIFICATES

A professor has narrated his own ordeal over the discrepancies on his certificate. Explaining to the media in the wake of the issues raised by the PDP presidential candidate's complaints over President Tinubus certificates, he said

 

 President Bola Ahmed Tinubu was haunted by Alhaji Atiku Abubakar's vicious and violent attacks, which is a crass display of high-grade toxicity in Nigerian politics and politics even though I am from Ibadan, Oyo State, my record at the University of Ibadan has Lagos State as my state of origin. Oyo State was listed as my state of origin on both my elementary and secondary school certificates and my NYSC documents.

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When my biological father registered me for the 1973–1974 school year, my birthdate was entered as February 3, 1968, at the Wesley College Practising Primary School in Elekuro, Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria. My full blood sister, Alhaja Bilikisu Omoriyeba Bolarinwa, who was my parents' second child and a laboratory attendant for the Oyo State Hospital Management Board when I was in primary school, told me that she found our family record book, in which my birth date was listed as April 10, 1969. Our own standards fairly educated her.

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Based on that revelation, my sister went to the school's headmaster, Pa. Odedina, who also happened to be my paternal uncle, to alter my record. As a result, my new date of birth was officially recorded as April 10, 1969. I used April 10, 1969, as my birthdate at Urban Day Grammar School in Elekuro, Ibadan, from the time I was admitted in 1980 till I graduated in 1985. When the school sent me a testimonial for my school leaving certificate in 1985, I was shocked to see that my date of birth was listed as November 10, 1969.

My attempts to persuade the school administration to alter it were all in vain. I consistently used April 10, 1969, as my date of birth when I sought for admission to the Oyo State College of Arts and Science, Ile-Ife (formerly known as Oyo State) to pursue my Higher School Certificate (HSC) studies. But as time went on, I learned from my parents and our eldest sister, Alhaja Hafsat Adebayo, the firstborn of my parents, that my father was correct when he said that my actual birthdate was February 3, 1968, as I was only seven days older than her second son, Mr. Wasiu Adebayo, my nephew, who was born on February 9, 1968.

The fact that Wasiu's naming ceremony was held the day after my own naming ceremony was confirmed by all the family members. I was the last born and the first male child of my elderly parents, thus both of our births were celebrated with tremendous ceremony, pomp, and spectacle. My own was on February 10, 1968, while Wasiu's was on February 11, 1968. Wasiu also possessed a birth certificate since his mother, my sister, was a successful live goat vendor in Oranyan market, Ibadan, and his father, a well-known socialite from Alasaro compound in Oranyan, was educated to the elementary school level.

Without a Western education, I would have most likely become a butcher or bus driver, which are common careers in Ibadanland, or at best, a Fuji musician. My grandma introduced and brought my mother and sister into the live goat trading business, which has since grown to be our family business. I should not forget to mention that some of my aburos and colleagues, who are in fact younger than me in age, like Prince Bamidele Abolarin (Super D), Kazeem Gbadamosi, SAN, and siaka Abiola Olagunju, SAN, used to taunt me, saying that I am their official birthday because I adopted April 10, 1969, as my official birthday.

What I am attempting to convey is that, had Mr. J.B. Daudu, SAN—a learned, esteemed, and professional politician—said in his Facebook post that he is a professional politician, the multiple inconsistencies in my academic records regarding the differences in my birth dates—February 3, 1968, April 10, 1969, and November 10, 1969—would have been used against me and labeled as fraudulent and/or forgeries. Additionally, the fact that Lagos State and Oyo State are my states of origin would have been utilized to defame, threaten, intimidate, haunt, and oppress me—just as Alhaji Atiku Abubakar is currently doing to his former bosom friend and "savior."

before the 2007 presidential election, when he was being unjustly persecuted and mistreated by the tyrannical and vindictive former president Olusegun Obasanjo. If my memory serves me correctly, I can confidently state, without being immodest or missing a beat, that Alhaji Atiku Abubakar would have been politically long since forgotten and relegated to the forgotten political history of Nigeria were it not for the then-very-timely interventions and support of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and his allies.

Even if we assume—without denying—that President Bola Ahmed Tinubu's entire academic record is phony and fraudulent, it is pertinent to pose the following question to some gullible Nigerians who are unaware of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar's current covert motivation: "What practical benefit will all those fishing expeditions and wild goose chases have for the election petition appeal that Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and the PDP are currently pursuing in the Supreme Court, or even that of Mr. Peter Obi and the Labour Party, or even both appeals combined as the PDPLP/NLC appeals? The obvious solution may be found without peering into a crystal ball because, in the words of Sir Oliver Wendel Holmes, "the life of law is not logic."

There would not be gay and lesbian bishops in some Anglican churches in wealthy Western countries if the basic legal tenet—that "morality and law are not co-terminus"—had not been widely accepted. Similarly, those who point to the best international practices of Western democracies and developed countries also failed, refused, or neglected to imitate and accept those countries' legalized human rights practices regarding their open and proud practices of homosexuality, gays, and lesbianism. But since the PDP's Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and the Labour Party's Mr. Peter Obi are appealing to our nation's highest court, their cases are now under review.

As a result, I will refrain from commenting on the appropriateness of either appeal. Politicians in Nigeria ought to be reminded that there President Bola Ahmed Tinubu was haunted by Alhaji Atiku Abubakar's vicious and violent attacks, which is a crass display of high-grade toxicity in Nigerian politics and politics Despite the fact that I am from Ibadan, Oyo State, my record at the University of Ibadan has Lagos State as my state of origin. Oyo State was listed as my state of origin on both my elementary and secondary school certificates and my NYSC documents. My date of birth was documented as February 3, 1968, when my real father registered me at the Wesley College Practising Primary School in Elekuro, Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria.

My full blood sister, Alhaja Bilikisu Omoriyeba Bolarinwa, who was my parents' second child and a laboratory attendant for the Oyo State Hospital Management Board when I was in primary school, told me that she found our family record book, in which my birthdate was listed as April 10, 1969. Our own standards fairly educated her. Based on that revelation, my sister went to the school's headmaster, Pa. Odedina, who also happened to be my paternal uncle, to alter my record. As a result, my new date of birth was officially recorded as April 10, 1969. When I was a student at Urban Day Grammar School in Elekuro, Ibadan, I used April 10, 1969, as my birthdate.

When the school sent me a testimonial for my school leaving certificate in 1985, I was shocked to see that my date of birth was listed as November 10, 1969. My attempts to persuade the school administration to alter it were all in vain. I consistently used April 10, 1969, as my date of birth when I sought for admission to the Oyo State College of Arts and Science, Ile-Ife (formerly known as Oyo State) to pursue my Higher School Certificate (HSC) studies. But later on, I learned through my parents and Alhaja Hafsat Adebayo, our elder sister and my parents' first child, that my father was accurate when he stated that my actual date of birth

The fact that Wasiu's naming ceremony was held the day after my own naming ceremony was confirmed by all the family members. I was the last born and the first male child of my elderly parents, thus both of our births were celebrated with tremendous ceremony, pomp, and spectacle. My own was on February 10, 1968, while Wasiu's was on February 11, 1968. Wasiu also possessed a birth certificate since his mother, my sister, was a successful live goat vendor in Oranyan market, Ibadan, and his father, a well-known socialite from Alasaro compound in Oranyan, was educated to the elementary school level.

Without a Western education, I would have most likely become a butcher or bus driver, which are common careers in Ibadanland, or at best, a Fuji musician. My grandma introduced and brought my mother and sister into the live goat trading business, which has since grown to be our family business. I should not forget to mention that some of my aburos and colleagues, who are in fact younger than me in age, like Prince Bamidele Abolarin (Super D), Kazeem Gbadamosi, SAN, and siaka Abiola Olagunju, SAN, used to taunt me, saying that I am their aburo because I adopted April 10, 1969, as my official birthday.

When they genuinely understand that I am their elder brother and acknowledged Egbon! My point is that had Mr. J.B. Daudu, SAN—a learned, esteemed, and professional politician—stated in his Facebook post that I am a professional politician, the multiple discrepancies in my academic records regarding my birth dates—February 3, 1968, April 10, 1969, and November 10, 1969—would have been used against me and labeled as fraudulent or forgeries, and the fact that my states of origin are Lagos and Oyo State would have been used to vilify, harass, intimidate, haunt, and oppress me like the Waziri Adamawa, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar

before the 2007 presidential election, when he was being unjustly persecuted and mistreated by the tyrannical and vindictive former president Olusegun Obasanjo. If my memory serves me correctly, I can confidently state, without being immodest or missing a beat, that Alhaji Atiku Abubakar would have been politically long since forgotten and relegated to the forgotten political history of Nigeria were it not for the then-very-timely interventions and support of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and his allies.

Even if we assume—without denying—that President Bola Ahmed Tinubu's entire academic record is phony and fraudulent, it is pertinent to pose the following question to some gullible Nigerians who are unaware of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar's current covert motivation: "What practical benefit will all those fishing expeditions and wild goose chases have for the election petition appeal that Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and the PDP are currently pursuing in the Supreme Court, or even that of Mr. Peter Obi and the Labour Party, or even both appeals combined as the PDPLP/NLC appeals? The obvious solution may be found without peering into a crystal ball because, in the words of Sir Oliver Wendel Holmes, "the life of law is not logic."

There would not be gay and lesbian bishops in some Anglican churches in wealthy Western countries if the basic legal tenet—that "morality and law are not co-terminus"—had not been widely accepted. Similarly, those who point to the best international practices of Western democracies and developed countries also failed, refused, or neglected to imitate and accept those countries' legalized human rights practices regarding their open and proud practices of homosexuality, gayism, and lesbianism.

But because the PDP's Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and the Labour Party's Mr. Peter Obi have their appeals pending before our nation's highest court, I would refrain from commenting on the appropriateness of either of their cases. Politicians in Nigeria ought to be reminded that there once was a well-known politician there by the name of Alhaji Waziri Ibraheem, who was well-known for adopting the motto "Politics Without Bitterness." For the sake of our developing democracy and unity, I shall at this moment make an appeal to and encourage all of our politicians to adopt and model Alhaji Waziri Ibraheem's political philosophy rather than the poisonous and dictatorial "Do or Die Affairs" politics of former President Olusegun Obasanjo.

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On this Thursday, October 5, 2023. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. is the email address of JCI Senator Mutalubi Ojo Adebayo, SAN Asiwaju of Ita-Ege and Idi-Aro, Ward 5, Ibadan South-East Local Government Area, Oyo State, Nigeria. +2348033275495 +2348181585848 Formerly, Alhaji Waziri Ibraheem, a well-known politician from Nigeria, was well-known for his catchphrase, "Politics Without Bitterness." For the sake of our developing democracy and national unity, I will thus make an appeal to and enjoin all of our politicians to adopt and model Alhaji Waziri Ibraheem's political philosophy rather than the poisonous and totalitarian "Do or Die Affairs" politics of former President Olusegun Obasanjo. DATE: This Thursday, October 5, 2023, at the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, Nigeria. CCI

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