Sahara Reporters’ publisher still doubts Melaye’s certificate



Toye Faleye

Sahara Reporters’ publisher, Omoyele Sowore is still not convinced that Senator Dino Melaye possessed a genuine 3rd class degree in Geography awarded him by Ahamadu Bello University, Zaria.

Reacting to the statement by the Vice Chancellor of the University, Ibrahim Garba, affirming that Dino Melaye possessed 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.” 

He said through the social media Monday that the full records of the Department could not sustain a public claim, alleging that Melaye connived with his former Head of Department (HOD), David Okoro Ogbonna, to get him ‘discharged’ as a graduate.

According to Sowore by believing the claim made by the VC of the university, the Nigerian Senate encouraged Nigerians to celebrate what he described as the appropriateness of cheating, lying, and bullying public resolve with ‘dishonest’ and ‘concocted’ parliamentary processes.


Speaking further, Sowore said in the results, Dino and his former HOD, David Okoro Ogbonna connived to get him graduated (discharged) after “clearing” carry over 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 fulfil 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,” he said.

 The publisher added… “What is in the public domain today is that “Dino” claimed he acquired eight degrees including from Harvard and London School of 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 to put his life on the line to ensure he expose Melaye as a certificate forger.

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