Original article: Ndi Okereke-Onyiuke’s fake doctorate and professorship
As you would expect with subject-matters such as my last week’s column, I received tons of responses from readers, some of which I have decided to publish below.
Dr. Farooq, thanks for this revelation. Nsukka must investigate this thoroughly. In the same university, students are known to obtain PhDs within 2 years. The forgery reminds me of one "Prof" of scam who got appointed as DG of NIPSS in Jos! You have also raised a timely comment on the poverty of scholarship in our universities. At times I really feel ashamed of being called a professor because of how it has been bastardized. A friend of mine jokes that professorships in our universities are now more like traditional titles. What campaign can be mounted through the NUC to sanitise the system? The future of the country certainly rests on this.
Prof. Jacob Kwaga
In Nigeria 90% of us are busy looking for food. Our journalists have gotten their meal tickets by keeping quiet. You are talking of people who can pay. Please continue to expose them as you are out of their reach being that you are up there in the USA.
I want to say that your argument has no basis. You are one of those that is out to assassinate characters of noble men and women of south East , who has [sic] added positively to our country. I am yet to see a Northerner of Islamic background that you will dig there [sic] profiles....There are so many of them there parading themselves. You are an Extremist.
I pray that God will make the Biafrans to be there [sic] Independent state. We do not want such religious bigotry [sic] like you!!!
Ugo Richie, Australia
Imagine the Real McCoys that were denied the opportunity to put their knowledge into practice for lack of godfathers and skills to kowtow. With young Nigerians reading these revelations and nothing is being heard from official quarters, do you need to go further asking questions on why and how Boko Haram may be spreading fast in Nigeria?
I like it when fraudsters (irrespective of who they are) are thrust forward and shamed! This stinks to high heavens. And you hit the nail right on the head: it is debatable that there is any individual hired at any level of government in Nigeria who has got to that position on merit. And if merit is not the deciding factor, why would any one bother crosschecking credentials and certificates? I am ashamed to say the least.
I read the article in today's WEELY TRUST. I just don't know what to say or even how to think of it. How could all these be happening in our Naija even with “Madam rebrander”? No wonder nothing got rebranded under her. How could it, with all the details you highlighted? I don't know what you think, but isn't the future bleak? Allah ya kwauta!
Shakespeare it was, who said, do not be afraid of greatness; some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness bestowed upon them. But as a Nigerian I would add, some others forge or fake to greatness.
Criminals exist everywhere. In other sane climes, once caught, justice is carried out in the interest of the common good, but in Nigeria what do we do? At most, a pat on the back, 'go in peace son or daughter and sin no more.' I remember the case of Salisu Buhari of the Toronto fame and many others that followed. I'm happy that the writer also mentioned Mrs Dora Akunyili. The most annoying part is that these are individuals we worship and lavish praises and all kinds of honor on. I am terribly embarrassed.
Kalu Akaraka Friday
Hmmm! This is what one journalist wrote about her: "Her entry into the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) was hailed by industry players in the country and abroad. She came in with intimidating credentials having studied in the United States of America and worked with the prestigious New York Stock Exchange where she reportedly excelled…” Unknown to the gentleman, that intimidating CV was fake! In a serious country she would be made to refund all the entitlements she collected and jailed.
What an interesting piece. Was she not the same lady that organized a fund-raising dinner for the Obama campaign here in Nigeria until EFCC made her to return over N100 million donor's monies? Obama at that time also disassociated himself from her. Honestly, from the way she talked and acted when she was at the Nigerian Stock Exchange (Oh la la, did someone say she was never at the New York Stock Exchange as she had claimed?), I have always doubted if she's truly a professor? Obasanjo must have known something about this and kept quiet, while poor chaps like Speaker Salisu Buhari were given national humiliation for certificate forgery in this country? Now, the second chicken has finally come home to roost. Who will be the third chicken?
Christopher Godwin Akaba
Dr. Farooq, you have done a great service to Nigeria. You are commended. Our President needs to make all federal civil servants, ministers, advisers and consultants to show their certificates for verification! So, all along, she was using native intelligence, and possibly corruption, to run her organisation! No wonder that the whole market is now in shambles! Garbage in garbage out. Thank You Dr. Farooq. More exposure of the undeserving people, wherever they are in Nigeria.
I am going through your very shocking article. Are we all fake in Nigeria now? My brother, I thank you for this exposure.