A former President of the Nigerian Bar Association, Olisa Agbakoba has urged the NBA to sanction lawyers who are “turning the media to Court of Law.”

Mr. Agbakoba, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, said this in a statement where he condemned the lingering fuse over the President Bola Tinubu’s academic qualifications.

The Learned Silk urged the public, particularly lawyers to keep their opinion to themselves and wait for the decision of the Supreme Court.

Several debates and intellectual engagements have dominated the media space over the controversies generated by the release of the President’s records by the Chicago State University.

Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, had demanded the documents through a US court for the purpose of prosecution his appeal against the judgment of the Presidential Election Petition Court which upheld the election of President Tinubu.

Though the matter is now before the Supreme Court, options are sharply divided on the credibility of the President’s academic background.

But Mr. Agbakoba believes that different sides to the argument are taking the issue too far, thereby heating up the polity.

See the full statement below.


The cacophony of discordant voices on Tinubu / Atiku over the certificate matter is completely out of hand. This utter nonsense from arm chair lawyers is heating up Nigeria dangerously.

Please can we keep our opinions and views to ourselves awaiting a decision of the Supreme Court.

Am so ashamed to see Lawyers on Television arguing one way or the other on the merits or demerits of the Chicago State University matter. This is most unhelpful! I call out all media that tolerate this nonsense of adjudicating the CSU matter on TV and Newspapers.

I urge the President of the Nigerian Bar Association to call out lawyers that breach rules of ethics by turning the media into a Court of Law.

Can we please stop heating up our country!!! Let us allow the Supreme Court of Nigeria to make a judicial pronouncement which is binding on us all!!!! This public nonsense must stop

Dr Olisa Agbakoba SAN


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