Examination Officers and Librarians, at
Ahmadu Bello University, on Monday night, expressly debunked the claims
by the University’s Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Ibrahim Garba, during his
appearance before the Nigeria Senate Ethics Committee, that Senator Dino
Melaye, graduated from the University.
The Exam Officers, revealed that Melaye
did not graduate, because he could not pass Geography 307 Long Field
Trip, a compulsory course required for graduation.
A copy of the department’s handbook made
available to Sahara Reporters showed that Geography 307, was a
compulsory course that could not have been waived.
What the late Professor D. O. Ogbonna did, was to add 2-course units to Melaye’s Total Earned Course Units, without recourse to the Teacher, Dr. A.L. Bello, who was the Supervisor of the course.
SaharaReporters, further learnt that after a major academic scandal broke out in the late 1990s and early 2000s, Ogbonna was quietly eased out of ABU, along with some other Professors, who had engaged in grade inflation.
The University allowed Ogbonna to retire, and he found another job in Kogi State University, Melaye’s home State, before he died a few years ago, of an undisclosed illness.
As soon as the VC declared that Melaye did graduate, a copy of the Joint Convocation brochure, with pages related to the Bachelors of Arts in Geography, was also sent to SaharaReporters, with the Senator’s name clearly absent.
Apart from the scandal concerning whether or not he graduated from ABU, Melaye also claimed that he graduated from Harvard, and the London School of Economics, claims that have now been debunked by the two renowned institutions.