‘NUC Declares Aisha Buhari’s Certificate Fraudulent’ – Nigeriantimes.ng

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The National Universities Commission (NUC)
has disclosed that, contrary to claims in
some quarters, any certificate obtained from
the Kaduna Satellite Campus of the Ambrose
Alli University is fraudulent and a scam.

Deputy Director Press of the NUC, Ibrahim
Yakassai disclosed, this to The Nigerian
Times when our reporter called to confirm the
status of the institution and certificates
earned from it.

He said: “It is fraudulent and a scam. There
is no such thing like Ambrose Alli University,
Kaduna Study Center. The NUC is not aware
of such.”

The Nigerian Times recalls that the Sunday
Trust Newspaper in the story, ‘Now, Hajiya
Aisha Buhari steps out’, published January
18, 2015 had reported that the beautiful wife
of General Muhammadu Buhari, the
presidential candidate of the All Progressives
Congress (APC), had bagged a Bachelor of
Arts degree from the Ambrose Alli University,
Ekpoma (Kaduna satellite campus). She later
proceeded, based on the same degree, to
obtain a Master’s degree in International
Affairs and Strategic Studies from the
Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna.

The NUC in a directive in 2001, under former
Executive Secretary Peter Okebukola to all
Vice-Chancellors, had directed all university
satellite campuses to be shut down. While
most Universities complied, few others were
adamant, leading to another directive by the
present Executive Secretary Professor Julius
Okojie, to re-affirm the initial directive that all
universities in the country running external
campuses (satellite campuses) be shut

A satellite campus, according to the NUC
guidelines on which basis the illegal ones
were closed down, “must not be more than
200 kilometres from the main campus,”
“must not be located in a state outside the
state in which the main campus is located,”
“must have staff of the satellite campus
directly or indirectly appointed by the main
campus in line with laid down academic

According to Sunday Trust, Mrs. Buhari
enrolled in the undergraduate programme of
the Ambrose Alli University and received
lectures at its Leventis Building satellite
campus, Kaduna.

The Newspaper also reported that she holds
a National Certificate in Education (NCE) from
the National Teachers Institute (NTI)
alongside a Diploma in Beauty Therapy at the
Carlton Institute of Beauty Therapy, Windsor,
in the United Kingdom and a certificate
course from the French Beauty School,
Esthetique Academie Dubai. She is a member
of the United Kingdom’s Vocational Training
and Charitable Trust and the International
Health and Beauty Council.

Speaking to The Nigerian Times, a former
coordinator of one the satellite campuses of
the university who asked to be anonymous,
said while some campuses were able to
insert records of some students of the
satellite campuses into the general students’
records at the main campus, others were just
issued certificates without recourse to the
parent school.

He said while the certificates of those whose
records where successfully entered into the
school’s main record could claim some level
of validity, the others remain invalid.
He said: “The campuses started in 1998 and
were all officially closed in 2002.

“Some of the campuses at the earlier stages
would get someone from the main campus in
Ekpoma to invigilate the examinations and
under some arrangements would then register
the students’ particulars in the record of the
university. After this, those certificates got a
value of validity.

“However, after sometime some centers
started issuing certificates to their students
in the name of the parent university without
any recourse to record keeping and so when
employers or schools of post graduate
studies contacted Ekpoma for verification, the
records of most of them were not found.
These developments finally led to the NUC’s
hammer on those centers.”

Every effort to get responses from the
Registrar of the University, Mr. Ojo Maliki and
Public Relations Officer of the university,
proved abortive. While mails where not
responded to, calls from our reporter were
treated with rude and evasive responses. A
University officer, who craved anonymity, told
this newspaper that Edo being an APC state,
the authorities are extremely careful not to
get caught in Nigeria’s fractious political
party rivalries.


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