Politics Dino Melaye's Classmate Speaks on His Student Status, Fraudulent Practices at ABU



Nigerian Senator, Dino Melaye may be in the eye of the storm for a long time to come over alleged certificate scandal, as another classmate has revealed that his past offences are haunting him.

Sahara Reporters, an online news channel, had, in a report, alleged that the Kogi lawmaker did not graduate from Ahamadu Bello University, Zaria, Kaduna – which triggered a certificate scandal that has been dragging for days. The Senate has also ordered probe into the case.

The classmate, identified as Abdussobur Salaam, a former Chairman of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities at FUNAAB, said he studied political science at ABU at the same time Melaye was a student in the Department of Geography at the university.

Salaam, who now works at the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, FUNAAB, made this known at the weekend on social media platform, Pen Pushing.

He said, “Dino and I are supposed to be ‘friends’ but differences never permitted while we were in school. Till date, we communicate once in a while, but I dare say he is the architect of his problems.

“However, I do not have any sympathy for him because he is also a master in the art of subterfuge, blackmail and crude propaganda. Today, he is a victim of the same method he has adopted over the years and I am happy to see the tables turn!

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“Permit me to make an intervention on the issue of Dino and ABU, having been admitted and ‘graduated’ from ABU same year as Dino. I use the word ‘graduated’, very guardedly and with caution. Permit me to say that as at the time we were admitted, Geography Department was under the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, FASS.

“On his status as a graduate, only the records can tell. For all you know, he may have had a few unresolved carry-overs. Knowing Dino, he may have bluffed, paid or manipulated the system to ensure those records are obliterated.

“If not, recall that given the circumstances of our year set, many concessions/ waivers were given to ensure that we graduated, having spent almost double the statutory length of years we should spend. Dino may just have been such a beneficiary of waivers. It is however not our place to tell, but the truth will unfold itself.

“In our 200 level, the Faculty was split and Geography Department had issues of where to fit in. It was initially placed under Faculty of Arts and later shifted to Faculty of Sciences where it is presently domiciled. The narrative on his certificate could be correct.

“I have spent all yesterday responding to enquiries on different platforms about Dino’s status as a graduate. My take? We were admitted the same year, initially into the same faculty of FASS, and given that our courses were four years, we ought to have graduated same year.

“However, recalling how studentship in ABU was that period, you could never be too sure of the academic status of any ‘student’.

“What do I mean? We had ‘students’ who were always around, attended lectures, participated in all student activities, were allocated hostel space, were always holding files and feigning academic seriousness, only for an issue to come up and you would find out that despite your having known them for years, they were never students but just lived pseudo student lives!”

According to him, such attitudes of the fake students might make it difficult for any of their colleagues to believe that they were not authentic students.

He continued, “If they were never discovered, 20 years’ time, if a controversy arose as to their status, one would swear confidently that the person graduated.

“While this is not exactly the same with Dino, you cannot be too sure until facts are unearthed. I know for a fact that we were admitted together. I am aware that he was very active in student political circles, though he has attempted to insinuate that he was SUG president to shore up his political profile.

“As President of Geography students, I am aware that he was impeached. I also know that he had fraud related issues with the Kogi State Students Association and Segun Halilu personally had lamented to me about this, then.

“I remember that he wanted to join the OAU students club then, and we blocked his membership, knowing his tendencies to cause confusion and take over the structure of the club for personal ends.

“As a political scientist, what I see is a class fragmentation struggle. An in-house struggle within the elite class. Saraki and Dino are the subjects of attack today for a takeover of the National Assembly. They may get over it or it may consume them.

“Unfortunately, issues like this have led to the results they were meant to produce – public hysteria! Everyone is now caught up in debates about the Dino certificate scandal, or is it Dinogate?