A viral video showcasing Atiku Abubakar’s visit to his primary school has sparked challenges for President Bola Tinubu to emulate the gesture. Questions about Tinubu’s academic records have been circulating in the lead-up to the 2023 general election, with claims that the primary school he claimed to have attended never existed.
In January, a human rights organization informed a Federal High Court in Abuja that the St. Paul Aroloya Primary School in Lagos, which Tinubu asserted he attended, was never in existence. The challenge for Tinubu to visit his alleged alma mater intensified after Atiku’s publicized visit to his primary school.
Human rights activist Aisha Yesufu called on Tinubu’s Special Adviser on Information and Strategy, Bayo Onanuga, to convince the president to visit his primary school, mirroring Atiku’s actions. Journalist Rufai Oseni suggested a challenge for all candidates from the last election to follow suit.
Others, including @kalgo_idris, a PDP member, pledged to switch allegiance to the APC if Tinubu recreated Atiku’s visit. @firstladyship encouraged Tinubu to take up the challenge for the optics, emphasizing the importance of public perception.
@UkomahM questioned why no school could boast that its alumnus became the president, highlighting the significance of such visits. @StubbornDon1 inquired about Tinubu’s plans for visiting his alma mater, expressing frustration over the perceived delay.
Amidst the discourse, Abdul-Aziz Na’ibi Abubakar suggested that supporters of President Tinubu were upset about Atiku’s visit, insinuating a connection to concerns about Tinubu’s educational history.