Benjamin Nworie in Abakaliki
A pro-democracy group, the National Democratic Coalition(NADECO), has faulted the report by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) on the Chicago State University (CSU) academic records of President Bola Tinubu, saying it was bias and mischievous.
The reputable broadcasting media had reportedly claimed that there was no evidence that the CSU’s academic certificates of President Bola Tinubu submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC) for the 2023 presidential election were forged.
In a statement, the Executive Director of NADECO, in United States (US), Lloyd Ukwu, regretted that the respected international media outfit like BBC was fast losing integrity over her recent image laundering for Tinubu.
“In a world where integrity and honesty are increasingly becoming rare commodities, it is our solemn duty to shed light on deceit and manipulation, even when it is executed by influential figures. Today, we stand resolute against the latest reckless display of disinformation by the BBC in its apparent hired attempt to launder the tattered image of President Bola Tinubu.
“It is disheartening to see an organisation that has long been trusted by the public engage in such biased and mischievous reporting. On one level, what baffles us is the BBC’s blatant disregard for facts that are already in the public domain”.
“The CSU’s registrar, under oath, unequivocally stated that the certificate submitted by Tinubu to INEC was not issued by the University and that it is not legitimate, strongly suggesting forgery. Yet, the BBC has chosen to spin its own version of the story to deceive the discerning Nigerian public,” Ukwu said.
He added: “If the CSU’s registrar, under oath, unequivocally affirmed that the certificate submitted by Mr. Tinubu to INEC is not from their institution, signifying the unequivocal act of forgery, so what would the BBC call that? Astonishingly, the BBC chose to disseminate its own version of the story specifically designed to deceive the enlightened Nigerian public”.
The USA chapter of NADECO also called on the general public especially the International Community to discountenance the distorted report from BBC as it didn’t reflect the reality already established in appropriate quarters.