Bola Tinubu’s School Attendance Questioned by Pioneer Student
Fola Adeniran-Ogunsanya, a pioneering student of Government College Lagos (GCL) and the son of the late Nigerian politician and lawyer, Adeniran Ogunsanya (SAN), has raised questions regarding the claim that President Bola Tinubu attended the same school.
In his response, Ogunsanya stated that despite being part of the first set of students at GCL, he never encountered or interacted with President Tinubu during their time at the school.
Controversy Surrounding President Tinubu’s Academic Records
This revelation from Ogunsanya comes amidst a growing controversy regarding the academic records of President Bola Tinubu.
The Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, recently made a request for Tinubu’s academic records from Chicago State University, as part of efforts to appeal the ruling of the presidential tribunal.
President Tinubu’s Alleged Inconsistencies
In an interview with Rifnote, Ogunsanya expressed doubts about President Tinubu’s claims of attending Government College Lagos.
He challenged President Tinubu to provide the names of individuals he attended the school with if indeed he was a student there.
Ogunsanya pointed out that he was part of the pioneer set of Government College Lagos and that he could readily name many of his fellow students.
Unveiling the Establishment of Government Colleges in Lagos
Ogunsanya shed light on the history of government colleges in Lagos, particularly their establishment in 1974. He also explained that his father, Adeniran Ogunsanya, who served as a Commissioner for Education, played a pivotal role in the creation of these government colleges.
The government colleges were established to provide education opportunities for Lagos indigenes, and Ogunsanya’s presence in the pioneer set of Government College Lagos was a testament to the commitment to this vision.
Government Colleges in Lagos
Government College Lagos was just one of several government colleges established in Lagos during that period. Government College Epe, Government College Ito Ikin, Government College Badagry, and Government College Ikorodu were among the institutions created to enhance educational access for Lagosians. Government College Ojo, which is now LASU (Lagos State University), was another of these government colleges.