The Dino saga and its many implications for our Political and Educational system.
Dino Melaye is currently trending due to a perceived attack from Sahara Reporters about his educational qualifications. Sahara Reporters exposed his lies about being a graduate of Ahmadu Bello University, Harvard University and London School of Economics and the Senator went to court to seek justice.
It will be needless to bore you with all the events as we all are witnessing it, however it is mandatory we understand it’s implication for our country. This won’t be the first time such will happen.
Indeed we remember the University of Toronto saga and of course, the President’s certificate issue. What is amazing is that Nigerians seem to revel in the heat of the moment and then move onto the next trending issue.
From our past experience, we should have enacted laws to deal with issues like this but we have not.
The political implications for Nigeria as a country is damning.
Let us put aside the charade the Senate has put up as an investigation into the matter. It achieved the purpose of clearing Dino Melaye of any wrongdoing regarding his ABU degree.
What about the rebuttals from Harvard University and London School of Economics? Are those just going to be cast aside? What will the Senate do about a Honorable member’s false claim that he graduated from two foreign schools?
We have seen and heard of people who lied about their certificates and were handed over to the police for investigation and possible prosecution. Will Dino Melaye be handed over to the police? Or will he still continue in office?
This is why we need to make laws that punish those who lie about their educational qualifications. India has such a law that boots out politicians who lie about their educational background. You can read that here.
The onus now is on the National Assembly and Nigerians to prevent such saga next time.
Dino Melaye’s saga also brought to the forefront a pervading issue which has contributed to the poor state of the nation. Our educational system is a mess that needs emergency attention.
It took Harvard University and London School of Economics less than a day to clear the air on Dino’s matter but took ABU a week. Despite the Vice Chancellor admission that Dino graduated from ABU, Sahara Reporters claim certain Exam officers disagree with the Vice Chancellor.
It is pathetic to think that a University cannot speak with one voice and agree on an issue. It is also sad that it took the Vice Chancellor’s appearance at the Senate for Nigerians to get an answer to a pressing issue.
For me, it shows that being a professor in Nigeria does not necessarily mean you can run a university. You will agree with me that most of these professors really have nothing to offer our educational system.
At this point, it is imperative that we do not allow this Dino issue die down and move on to the next trending issue. We need to ensure that we rise from this as a nation learning and evolving till we get the leaders who will lead selflessly without a certificate taint on them. This is the democracy we deserve..