Several Nigerians from various walks of life have expressed mixed feelings after the real age of the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Adekunle Tinubu, sparked controversy on social media.
Wikipedia editors have locked the profile page showing details about the life of Bola Tinubu, a leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for “persistent vandalism”.
The controversy gathered momentum after the recent colloquium held to mark his 69th birthday in Kano on Monday.
Nigerians subjected Tinubu’s real age to scrutiny wondering whether he is really 69 years as claimed by the former Lagos State governor.
Data obtained from Wikipedia, an online encyclopedia, reads:
“Bola Ahmed Adekunle Tinubu (born 29 March 1952) is a Nigerian politician and a national leader of the All Progressives Congress. He was Lagos State Governor from 1999 to 2007.
However, previous searches from same Wikipedia shows that Tinubu was born 29 March 1942 and not 1952 as presently portrayed.
See the two different ages as captured in different screenshots from Wikipedia below:
In the meantime, the controversy generated by the discrepancy has not escaped the attention of Wikipedia which has blocked Tinubu’s account from being edited.
See the attached screenshot below:
According to Wikipedia, the lock sign in blue colour signifies “Extended confirmed protection“.
The online encyclopedia explains the BLUELOCK as follow: “Extended confirmed protection, also known as 30/500 protection, only allows edits by editors with the extended confirmed user access level, granted automatically to registered users with at least 30 days tenure and 500 edits.”
ElombahNews gathered that Wikipedia took the decision as Tinubu’s age was edited 83 times!
Another argument gathering storm is that his first daughter, the Iyaloja of Lagos, is 60 years of age.
Meanwhile, the raging controversy has spilt over to the wife of Tinubu, Mrs. Oluremi Tinubu, who also fell under the watchful spell of pundits.
Again Wikipedia threw up two separate ages for the former First Lady of Lagos State.
While her date of birth was captured as 21 September, 1960, age: 60, on her official Wikipedia account, another search on Google has her date of birth as 21 September 1950, age: 70!
Meanwhile, on the said Wikipedia account, the editor failed to amend the age in the upper region which clearly read “21 September 1950“.