The presidential candidate of the Labour Party in the February 25, 2023 election in Nigeria, Peter Obi, has said leaders who forge certificates cannot do the things right in the country.
The former two-term Anambra State Governor said this on Monday in an interview he granted Arise Television.
Obi spoke amid the issues surrounding the certificates of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, especially the one obtained from the Chicago State University in the United States of America.
He spoke on a day the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the presidential election, Atiku Abubakar, received a copy of the certificate issued to Tinubu by the CSU through his lawyer.
Obi told his interviewers on Arise TV: “On issue of qualification, I never said anything with regard to improving the degree or doing this.
“The issue of qualification is the issue of leaders making statements, doing things that are honest and truthful.
“This is an issue of honour and integrity.
“It is the foundation on which you build society.
“If you look at what is happening in Nigeria today, there are so many issues of certification, age, all sorts of, one falsification or the other, all over with the leaders.
“There is no way people can be doing this and be able to do the right things because that means they are living a falsified life, and that is not good morally and a sign it should be giving to the society.
“You don’t necessarily need to have all the degrees in the world to be great, but you need to be honourable about your past so we can know where exactly you are and everything.
“The world abounds by great people who have poor past and no education, and that formed part of their greatness.”