Phrank Shaibu, the Special Assistant to the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, credited the United States judiciary’s independence for President Bola Tinubu’s recent defeat at the Northern District of Illinois court. Shaibu’s comments came after Justice Nancy Maldonado ordered Chicago State University to release all of Tinubu’s academic records to Atiku.
Shaibu suggested that Tinubu had been avoiding accountability since 1999 when human rights lawyer Gani Fawehinmi (SAN) first exposed his certificate fraud. He criticized the Nigerian judiciary for granting Tinubu victories based on technicalities rather than the case’s merits, resulting in more than 20 dubious wins for Tinubu.
Shaibu expressed disappointment in the Nigerian judiciary’s failure to fulfill its role as the last hope of the common man, contrasting it with the decisive action taken by Justice Maldonado in the United States. He highlighted the concerning state of the Nigerian society, which he likened to the chaos described by Thomas Hobbes as short, brutish, and nasty.