- Baze University has cleared the air on the viral claim that Senator Dino Melaye emerged as the best graduating at its Faculty of Law
- The claim had gone viral on social media platforms as the university held its convocation ceremony on Saturday, October 23
- However, convocation documents presented by the university's registrar shows Melaye was not the faculty's best graduating student
The university, located in Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory (FCT), held its convocation ceremonies on Saturday, October 23.
At least three prominent Nigerian politicians, including Melaye, were among the fresh graduates.
Amid the convocation ceremony, claims started circulating on social media that Melaye graduated as the best student in the school’s law faculty.
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Most of the posts claimed Melaye’s aide, Bode Gbadebo, published the claim on his Facebook timeline.
When contacted about the veracity of the claim, the university’s registrar, Mani Ahmad, presented Dubawa, a fact-checking platform, with graduation documents.
According to Dubawa, the documents revealed Melaye never graduated as the best student in law as claimed.
Although the former lawmaker actually graduated from the institution with a law degree, he was neither a first-class student nor the best graduating student from the faculty of Law.
It was also gathered that Melaye did not make the claim on any of its social media pages.
Gbadebo who was said to have made the claim initially denied it. He, however, later backtracked, saying he indeed shared a post with such a claim but was misled by Melaye’s photographer who initially made the claim.
Mohammed K Ibrahim said:
"I don't know why this guy is too obsessed with academic qualifications. From ABU Zaria to an overseas university and now to Base University, he can't stop getting enmeshed in academic scandal."
Abel Attah Agada said:
"The most important thing is he graduated from the University. Forget about the best.
Aliyu Adisa Abdulkadri said
"Hmmm, Dino should rather opt for self-dignity, as degree has nothing to do with common sense!"
Dino Melaye blasts Ndume over certificate scandal
Meanwhile, Legit.ng recalls that in 2017, Senator Melaye lashed out at Senator Ali Ndume for asking the Senate to investigate allegations that he did not graduate from Ahmadu Bello University (ABU).
Melaye was at the time involved in a scandal after reports by Sahara Reporters alleged that although he attended ABU, he did not graduate.
Ndume had at the plenary on Tuesday, March 20, 2017, raised a point of order asking the Senate to investigate the allegation.