FACT-CHECK: Did Chicago State College Delete 1979 Yearbook From Its Web site To Defend Tinubu?

Since Saturday, Could 26, 2023, the social media house has been awash with stories that the Chicago State College deleted its 1979 yearbook from its web site amid requests for the college to launch the tutorial data of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

A viral video which was first shared on Saturday, August 26, 2023 on micro-blogging platform, X (previously Twitter) by a person @stanjunior001 confirmed a person scrolling via an internet site that accommodates Chicago State College yearbooks.

The video was captioned, “What occurred to Chicago state college 1979 Yearbook? 🤔 So nobody graduated 1979 or why is 1979 not accessible on web? Why did Chicago state college wipeout 1979 Yearbook?”

The video was then posted by controversial political analyst, Mahdi Shehu, in addition to quite a lot of influencers and customers with verified X accounts alleging that the establishment deleted the yearbook to guard President Tinubu.

Shehu in his caption for the video stated the Chicago State College was an confederate to fraud, claiming that the 1979 yearbook was deleted from the College’s web site.

“CHICAGO STATE UNIVERSITY AS AN ACCOMPLICE TO FRAUD: Bola stated he graduated from CSU in 1979. Instantly, the 1979 yearbook has disappeared from the CSU web site. This implies CSU is concealing a fraud in order that they’ll partake in consuming “THE FORBIDEN FRUIT.” Properly, Fraud is Time sure,” he wrote.

Different influencers together with distinguished supporters of the candidates of the Labour Get together (LP), Peter Obi and Individuals’s Democratic Get together (PDP), Atiku Abubakar posted the video right here, right here, right here and right here.

The video has garnered greater than 1 million impressions with tons of of 1000’s in engagement.

The declare additionally led to a barrage of assaults on the Twitter web page of the Chicago State College, forcing the establishment to lock the account.

BACKGROUND

The victory of Bola Ahmed Tinubu on the February 25 presidential elections is being challenged within the elections’ tribunal by the candidates of the PDP and APC.

One of many grounds the petitioners are searching for Tinubu’s disqualification is the inconsistencies in his educational document, notably his data from the Chicago State College.

Tinubu’s certificates present that he graduated from CSU in 1979 with a bachelor’s diploma in enterprise administration, accounting and administration.

Nonetheless, there have been allegations bordering on discrepancies with the certificates.

Consequently, the candidate of the PDP, Atiku Abubakar, filed a swimsuit searching for to compel the College to launch the tutorial data of Tinubu to him.

VERIFICATION OF CLAIMS

When THE WHISTLER analyzed the video to hint the web site from which it was recorded, it was found that the video was recorded from Ancestry.com, an American family tree web site that gives customers with genealogical, historic, and genetic data.

The web site additionally contained the yearbook of a number of US universities, center colleges, junior excessive and excessive colleges and never the web site of the College of Chicago as claimed.

As proven within the video, the 1979 yearbook was certainly lacking on Ancestry.com’s Chicago College yearbook web page. Nonetheless, commencement data and yearbooks for a number of different years have been additionally lacking from the web page.

The web page solely contained 9 yearbooks for Chicago State College, particularly; 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978 and 1980.

A caveat on the web site explains that the yearbooks obtainable on the platform are collated via donations from people who add or mail them to {the catalogue}.

To confirm if sure data had been deleted from the web page lately, THE WHISTLER employed Open Supply Intelligence (OSINT) software, Wayback Machine, to test internet archives of the web page previously.

It was found that an outdated model of the web page archived on July 14, 2022, didn’t include the 1979 yearbook. The archived web page additionally contained precisely the 9 aforementioned yearbooks indicating that nothing had been deleted from or added to the web page.

Additionally complete checks on the official web site of the College of Chicago, www.csu.edu confirmed that the establishment doesn’t add yearbook data on its web site.

The supplies in its archives part solely include undergraduate and graduate catalogues, course listings and a school handbook.

VERDICT

The web site the place a video displaying the absence of the 1979 Chicago State College yearbook doesn’t belong to the college.

An earlier model of the web page exhibits that no alterations had been made to the yearbook data.

Additionally, the web site of the Chicago State College doesn’t include commencement yearbooks.

Subsequently, claims that the Chicago State College deleted its 1979 yearbook from its web site to guard President Tinubu are FALSE and MISLEADING.

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