Sahara Reporters publisher, Omoyele Sowore has reacted to the statement by the Vice Chancellor (VC) of the Ahmadu Bello University, Ibrahim Garba, affirming that Dino Melaye possessed a genuine 3rd class degree in Geography awarded by the institution in the year 2000.
Sowore said the VC cherry-picked the 400 Level “3rd Semester” results of Dino (formerly known as Daniel Jonah Melaye) and made his declaration, stressing that the full records of the Department could not sustain a public claim.
The publisher said this via a statement published on his Facebook page on Monday.
He alleged that Dino Melaye connived with his former Head of Department (HOD), David Okoro Ogbonna, to get him ‘discharged’ as a graduate
Sowore said that by believing the claim made the VC of the university, the Nigerian Senate encouraged NIgerians to celebrate the appropriateness of cheating, lying, and bullying public resolve with ‘dishonest’ and ‘concocted’ parliamentary processes
He said: “Folks: Let me quickly react to the farcical and highly tactical and well-choreographed declaration by the Vice-Chancellor of Ahmadu Bello University, Prof. Ibrahim Garba while he was appearing before the Nigerian Senate earlier today.
“Prof. Garba claimed that Senator Dino Melaye ‘graduated’ according to ‘available records.’ We knew and tweeted since last week that the VC rushed to the Geography Department to ask for records, and when he was told that the full records of the Department could not sustain a public claim that Melaye graduated, he cherry picked the 400 Level “3rd Semester” results.
“In that results (record), Dino (formerly known as Daniel Jonah Melaye) and his former HOD David Okoro Ogbonna connived to get him graduated (discharged) after “clearing” carry overs courses he never wrote.
“Those were Mr. VC’s “available records” to make his declaration before the Nigerian Senate today. However, the authentic records in our possession shows that Melaye couldn’t have graduated, he did not fulfill some core course requirements of which, for example, “Geog 307 (Long Field Trip)” handled by one Dr. Bello had to be met. I studied Geography and Planning at UNILAG, it was a compulsory course, and my colleagues and I did ours in Benue State. Daniel Jonah Melaye never fulfilled this core requirement, and further, several other carryovers were directly fixed for him by Ogbonna and some unscrupulous lecturers.
“What the crooked Nigerian Senate want our citizens to celebrate today is that it is appropriate to cheat, lie and bully public resolve with dishonest and concocted parliamentary processes. What is in the public domain today is that “Dino” claimed he acquired 8 degrees including from Harvard and London School Economics. Those claims have been knocked off forever, as for the rest of his crooked degrees, the search for the truth continues until “moral philosophy” is attained.
It could be recalled that Sowore had said he was ready put his life on the line to ensure he exposed Dino Melaye as a certificate forger.