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Nigerian Politicians With False Degrees, Honours From Foreign Universities by aminulive: 10:40pm On Jun 11
Claiming of unauthorised certificates and honours from foreign institutions by Nigerian politicians is one of the major ‘diseases’ affecting the nation’s political atmosphere.

Since the return of democracy in Nigeria, many public office holders and aspirants have been enmeshed in various scandals with academic fraud topping the list. While some are accused of altering their school certificates, some have gone as far as claiming false honours from international universities.

Although a small percentage of these cases were mere allegations without concrete evidence to nail the accused individuals, Most of them involving top political figures have turned out to be true and embarrassing.

Anti-corruption crusaders disclose that the desire to rack up excellent certificates by Nigerian political figures is largely to deceive the unsuspecting electorate into believing that the individual possesses the right education and qualification for office.

POLITICS NIGERIA beams a light on some politicians who have been caught red-handed forcefully and falsely attaching themselves to universities through either fake qualifications or certificates.

Salisu Buhari

Salisu Buhari is a former Speaker of the House of Representatives who resigned after being caught for falsifying his certificate in 1999 and was even sentenced to two years in prison with an option of a fine. He paid the fine instead. He was busted in February 1999 in an investigation by TheNews magazine, that he falsified his age and also claimed to have graduated from the University of Toronto, Canada, which he never attended.

Although he first denied the allegations against him, the magazine wrote to the University of Toronto, requesting confirmation of whether Mr Buhari was an alumnus. The university disowned him, ultimately leading to his resignation and prosecution.

Later in July that same year, disgraced Buhari admitted that he falsified his certificate and was quoted as saying to TheNews that: “I apologize to you. I apologize to the nation. I apologize to my family and friends for all the distress I have caused them. I was misled in error by a zeal to serve the nation, I hope the nation will forgive me and give me the opportunity to serve again”.

Stella Oduah

A former Minister of Aviation, Stella Oduah was in 2014 exposed for lying to have acquired a Masters degree from the St. Paul’s College in the United States and for lying on oath to the Nigerian Senate, that another American ‘university’, Pacific Christian University awarded her an honorary doctorate degree in 1998.

Investigations proved otherwise as no university called Pacific Christian University exists in the USA.

Also authorities at St. Paul’s College, where Mrs. Oduah claimed she studied for Bachelor and Masters degrees, noted that they did not award her an MBA at anytime because the school does not even have a graduate school or graduate programme.

Following the national embarrassment she caused herself, Mrs. Oduah, and her associates cleaned up her biographies on the website of the Ministry of Aviation, Wikipedia and even her personal website was reviewed with no reference to St. Paul’s College.

Dino Melaye

In 2017, Sahara Reporters reported that former Senator Dino Melaye did not graduate from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.

In reaction to the report, he said publicly that “to say that I did not graduate from Ahmadu Bello University is to say that I am not a senator of the federal republic of Nigeria. Aside from pursuing my masters in the school, I’m also a graduate of University of Abuja, I’m a graduate of London School of economics and political science and I am also a graduate of Harvard university…”

But Harvard University in Boston, United States, refuted the claim saying he never graduated from the institution. The school said that the former senator in 2016 only presented himself for a one-week seminar in leadership but the seminar doesn’t qualify anyone to become a Harvard alumnus.

Ademola Adeleke

Former Senator Ademola Adeleke was embarrassed some weeks to Osun State Governorship election in 2018. The candidate of the PDP lied that he graduated from Jacksonville State University (JSU), in Alabama, United States.

His profile on the National Assembly website stated then that he had a Diploma in Criminology from JSU and graduated in 1986. But the ICIR in a fact check report punctured Mr Adeleke’s claim. The newspaper confirmed Mr Adeleke did not get any certificate from Jacksonville State University.

The Director of Public Relations at the university, Buffy Lockette told ICIR in an email seeking confirmation that truly he enrolled at the tertiary institution, but he was not awarded any degree.

Abdullahi Ganduje

The chief press secretary of Kano State governor, Abba Anwar, told journalists on Tuesday that Governor Abdullahi Ganduje has been appointed a visiting professor at East Carolina University College of Business in America. He said the appointment letter was sent through Victor Mbarika, a lecturer of International Center for IT and Development at the school.

ECU said the letter Mr Ganduje got from a member of its faculty was unauthorised, hence, denied honouring the governor.

“It has been brought to my attention that you received a letter from a faculty member dated November 30, 2020, that appeared to offer an unpaid appointment in the “International Center for IT and Development” at East Carolina University College of Business.

“I must inform you that the letter you received from Dr. Victor Mbarika, on November 30, 2020 does not convey an authorized offer of appointment or establish any position of scholar or professor at East Carolina University (“ECU”). Only the Chancellor, myself, or another official identified in ECU’s published statement on Delegation of Contracting Authority for the Division of Academic Affairs may authorize or sign appointment letters under which faculty are employed,” the school said.

Ridiculous actions

Nigerian laws, both the Criminal and Penal Codes that apply in the southern and northern parts of Nigeria frown at forgery in Sections 463 and 362 to 364 respectively with punishment of up to 14 years imprisonment with option of fine or both.

Speaking with our correspondent, Olowolafe Dunsi, an anti-corruption advocate and human right activist said failure of the government to prosecute previous offenders is encouraging new cases of forgery.

“It is sad that this is still happening in present day Nigeria just because politicians want to be respected for their affiliation with western universities. That is legally and morally wrong”.

“Why should a leader lie using an international university if they are proud of Nigeria’s educational system. We simply have folks promoting education bankruptcy and until we have a system that prosecutes forgery, this will continue to be the order of the day”

https://politicsnigeria.com/spotlight-meet-nigerian-politicians-with-false-degrees-honours-from-foreign-universities/

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Re: Nigerian Politicians With False Degrees, Honours From Foreign Universities by aminulive: 10:40pm On Jun 11
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Re: Nigerian Politicians With False Degrees, Honours From Foreign Universities by Karlovych: 10:40pm On Jun 11
embarassed embarassed
Jubrin Al Sudani- Cambridge University Examinations Certificate, Primary school Certificate, Nursery school certificate, Military Certificate all fake

Bola Tinoubou- Claimed to have a degree in Pharmacological Sciences from the University of Chicago. Expelled from the University for engaging in a different kind of pharmaceutical practices

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Re: Nigerian Politicians With False Degrees, Honours From Foreign Universities by Amotolongbo(f): 10:41pm On Jun 11
Bola Tinubu also belongs to this group

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Re: Nigerian Politicians With False Degrees, Honours From Foreign Universities by LordVoldermort(m): 10:43pm On Jun 11
Even those that are not lying won't tell you how many beer they had to buy and how many lollipop they licked to graduate

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Re: Nigerian Politicians With False Degrees, Honours From Foreign Universities by Daveambition(m): 10:44pm On Jun 11
This una zombie Zooyard na total cruise

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Re: Nigerian Politicians With False Degrees, Honours From Foreign Universities by Skiloloplc(m): 10:50pm On Jun 11
Welcome to Nigeria. most of them are liar
Re: Nigerian Politicians With False Degrees, Honours From Foreign Universities by DarlingtonC: 11:13pm On Jun 11
Degrees without sense

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Re: Nigerian Politicians With False Degrees, Honours From Foreign Universities by Pmpm: 2:28am On Jun 12
Dee wat
Re: Nigerian Politicians With False Degrees, Honours From Foreign Universities by PAWG(m): 6:49am On Jun 12
grin Normal. If you check their O levels I’m sure you’ll see plenty loopholes too

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Re: Nigerian Politicians With False Degrees, Honours From Foreign Universities by Nuelito: 6:50am On Jun 12
PAWG:
grin Normal. If you check their O levels I’m sure you’ll see plenty loopholes too

Them go plenty oh grin

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Re: Nigerian Politicians With False Degrees, Honours From Foreign Universities by MANNABBQGRILLS: 6:50am On Jun 12
Salisu Buhari

Salisu Buhari is a former Speaker of the House of Representatives who resigned after being caught for falsifying his certificate in 1999 and was even sentenced to two years in prison with an option of a fine. He paid the fine instead. He was busted in February 1999 in an investigation by TheNews magazine, that he falsified his age and also claimed to have graduated from the University of Toronto, Canada, which he never attended.

Salisu,
The number one Nigerian youth that disgraced ALL Nigerian youths at the time he could have been the benchmark for the rise of the youths of this nation.

A national disgrace in the era when our nascent democracy was budding.

A youth less than 30 years that was already the number 4 man in the country after the president and the vice!!
This is what our democracy was built on.

He disgraced the youths, himself, his family and his future by lies in PDP,

Question : And who is the second Nigerian youth in government to kill all the chances the youths have in this nation.

Answer: No other person than Dimeji Bankole of the same evil, looting party of corruption, that took our darling country 100 years back!

May it never be well with them wherever they are along with their supporters.

Naija youths, WAKE UP!

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Re: Nigerian Politicians With False Degrees, Honours From Foreign Universities by Racoon(m): 6:50am On Jun 12
After all, even the supposed president of the country paraded a fake WAEC certipicate.Almost every politician in Nigeria today have a moral baggage

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Re: Nigerian Politicians With False Degrees, Honours From Foreign Universities by princeade86(m): 6:50am On Jun 12
Bubu nko
Re: Nigerian Politicians With False Degrees, Honours From Foreign Universities by Omihanifa: 6:51am On Jun 12
Why is Bola Tinubu not on the list ?

Everything from his primary school certificate to bsc degree is questionable undecided

He's the only Nigerian politician that doesn't have ex classmates ( whether living or dead) despite the fact that he claimed he attended Government college Ibadan undecided

Even President goodluck Jonathan did not finish his PHD degree angry Obasanjo said it openly in 2015

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Re: Nigerian Politicians With False Degrees, Honours From Foreign Universities by nairalee(m): 6:51am On Jun 12
These are the ones we know fa. There are thousands others. Nigeria is nothing but a crime scene

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Re: Nigerian Politicians With False Degrees, Honours From Foreign Universities by Xscape047: 6:52am On Jun 12
No honour
Re: Nigerian Politicians With False Degrees, Honours From Foreign Universities by Fasindo: 6:52am On Jun 12
shocked





Salisu Buhari.


I wonder why those called Buhari always have issues with certificate.

By the way there is nothing wrong in forging certificate in a forged country with a forged president.
Just like James Hardley Chase said in his novel 'The Vulture is a Patient Bird' "There is nothing lawful in a lawless society".

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Re: Nigerian Politicians With False Degrees, Honours From Foreign Universities by kambili999(f): 6:52am On Jun 12
Just imagine. That's why Nigeria is a mess.

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Re: Nigerian Politicians With False Degrees, Honours From Foreign Universities by BbqTormentor: 6:52am On Jun 12
Bobo Chicago nko?

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Re: Nigerian Politicians With False Degrees, Honours From Foreign Universities by BafanaBafana: 6:52am On Jun 12
Unless you are trying to balance north and south, or you have issues with Ganduje, I don't see why you should put his name there.

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Re: Nigerian Politicians With False Degrees, Honours From Foreign Universities by crazyABO(m): 6:53am On Jun 12
And the list goes on and on grin

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Re: Nigerian Politicians With False Degrees, Honours From Foreign Universities by benn94(m): 6:53am On Jun 12
Lies are one of their characteristics.. What else do you expect from criminals?

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Re: Nigerian Politicians With False Degrees, Honours From Foreign Universities by Nuelito: 6:53am On Jun 12
Truth is like the sun. You can shut it out for a time, but it ain't going away.

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Re: Nigerian Politicians With False Degrees, Honours From Foreign Universities by Offpoint1: 6:53am On Jun 12
Not their fault grin
Re: Nigerian Politicians With False Degrees, Honours From Foreign Universities by stunnert(m): 6:53am On Jun 12
Na Dino case funny pass grin Harvard alumnus indeed

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Re: Nigerian Politicians With False Degrees, Honours From Foreign Universities by TOPCRUISE(m): 6:54am On Jun 12
Many of those with fake and no degrees and falsified degree certificates are in both state and federal parastatals. And they are made Head of ministries because of long leg.
To prove their qualifications will be difficult because they have godfathers.

It's strange that the FIIRO DG is absent from the list.

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Re: Nigerian Politicians With False Degrees, Honours From Foreign Universities by zolajpower: 6:55am On Jun 12
grin
All I see in Nigeria politics is fake , fake and fake

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Re: Nigerian Politicians With False Degrees, Honours From Foreign Universities by wunmi590(m): 6:56am On Jun 12
shocked

Where is your NEPA BILL president?

Abi you dey fear to publish him name undecided

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Re: Nigerian Politicians With False Degrees, Honours From Foreign Universities by VeeVeeMyLuv(m): 6:56am On Jun 12
Can a sick man still be capable of producing a quality pap?

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Re: Nigerian Politicians With False Degrees, Honours From Foreign Universities by Achorise: 6:56am On Jun 12
Are you scared to mention Buhari ??

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Re: Nigerian Politicians With False Degrees, Honours From Foreign Universities by kudinkarfe: 6:56am On Jun 12
Nigeria is a scam, only criminal and fraudulent people excelled

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