A fresh report has emerged that the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu, lied when he said that he graduated from the University of Nigeria (UNN), Nsukka, with a first class honours in Law.
It was gathered that at the 17th anniversary celebrations of the Commonwealth Of Zion Assembly (COZA) held at the church headquarters in Abuja two years ago, the Nigerian Minister was said to have alleged that he “had a first class in that institution (UNN).”
In a seven minutes 24 seconds video published on YouTube on February 17, 2016 by COZA GLOBAL, Mr Kachikwu while taking the congregation on a journey of his life, said:
“…I went to Ife (Obafemi Awolowo University) to try and read medicine and I was there for two weeks and then I got admission to read law. My Father drove all the way to Ife to meet me and he asked, why do you want to go to the University?
“And I said, my ambition is to be a doctor and he said, why are you taking the line of what he called least resistance? And I said, what do you mean by that and he said, well, if you want to be a doctor why don’t you just go and read PHD, get to the very top…
“My dad was talking to a little boy and that got me. So, I packed my bag, left the school of medicine and went to read law.
“And, I got in there, got a scholarship and became the best student, I had a first class in that institution (UNN).
“And then, I left from there to the law school and in the law school, I think just like the pastor said: people encourage you. All my colleagues came and said, we are all here representing our institutions, if you brought a first class from Nsukka you better make it work here where everybody is gathered…”
“…I made a first class in the law school and then, getting to Harvard – my feeling, as soon as I got into Harvard was – this is a very unique institution, the biggest in the world and basically you must have a 2.1 or first class from your primary institution before they can accept you…
“…At the end of our master’s programme, I was the best student; got a Harvard scholarship and I went to do my doctorate and for it; I set what is still a record in Harvard of completing a doctorate in one and half years.”
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However, PREMIUM TIMES is reporting authoritatively on Thursday, October 11, that Mr Kachikwu was economical with the truth as far as his certificate from UNN is concerned.
While the minister had alleged that he enrolled into the University in 1974, a copy of his CV and result signed by the university’s vice-chancellor and registrar at the time, and sighted by the news outlet showed that Mr. Kachikwu left UNN in June 1978 with a second class upper degree.