Guinean Citizenship: Tinubu Lied Under Oath; He Should Be Jailed, Says David Hundeyin

Investigative journalist and author of ‘The Jungle: A Personal Journey with the Enfant Terrible of Nigerian Journalism,’ David Hundeyin, has accused Nigeria’s ‘President-elect’ Bola Ahmed Tinubu of committing perjury. 

The journalist, who earlier revealed how Mr. Tinubu submitted a fake Chicago State University certificate to the Independent National Electoral Commission, said that the former Lagos State governor should face a 14-year jail term as the punishment stipulated for perjury under Nigerian laws.

While appearing as a guest in the popular online interview programme 90MinutesAfrica hosted by Rudolf Okonkwo on Sunday, David Hundeyin revealed that Tinubu failed to declare in his form EC9 submitted to INEC that he obtained the citizenship of Guinea.

“In the form EC9, which is a sworn affidavit, there is a question that asks if the candidate has obtained citizenship of another country. It requires a simple yes or no answer.

“Tinubu clearly ticked ‘no’- that he has not acquired citizenship of another country. But there is prima facie evidence that he did acquire citizenship of another country and fairly recently as well. So he lied under oath, which is perjury, and under the Nigerian constitution, it’s punishable with 14 years imprisonment,” he explained.

During a live television interview on Channels TV on Sunday, the Minister of Works, Babatunde Raji Fashola, said that Tinubu’s acquisition of Guinean citizenship does not make him ineligible to be Nigeria’s president.

But Mr. Hundeyin argued that the issue at stake is Tinubu’s deliberate falsehood in the information supplied under oath in a sworn affidavit.

Meanwhile, the Bola Tinubu team has been doing everything to suppress the story. They reported David Hundeyin’s Twitter page and got him locked out of the social media platform. They also persuaded YouTube to take down Rudolf Okonkwo’s video of the interview with David Hundeyin on Dr. Damages YouTube account after accusing it of violating community guidelines policy called “harassment and cyberbullying.”