The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), has described as fraudulent and disgraceful the Honorary Doctorate Degree Conferred on President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday by the Kaduna State University (KASU).
President of the students’ body, Comrade Tijani Usman, said “it is quite unfortunate that at a time we are clamoring for a overhaul (sic) and repositioning of our educational sector, our leaders are doing the opposite by their actions and inactions.
“The show of shame that took place in Kaduna State University (KASU) on 12 December, 2015, is capable of making foreign Universities and corporate organizations to further undermine and disregard degrees obtained from Nigerian schools.
“We expect our leaders to be our role models by living exemplary life. How can one explain that, President Muhammadu Buhari who has not even cleared the air on his certificate saga, still went ahead to accept a fraudulent honorary degree from a university that is not authorized by National Universities Commission (NUC) to do so.”
Usman said “the honorary doctorate degree conferred on President Buhari is illegal and non sequitur because,” stressing that the “KASU is not among the 22 universities accredited by NUC to award honorary degree.
“KASU was established 10 years ago, and has never graduated a PhD student.
3”Section 2.0 subsection (a) of the Council of VCs Keffi declaration 2012, prohibits the award of honorary degrees to persons holding political offices.”
The NANS demanded that “President Muhammadu Buhari should honorably relinquish the fraudulent degree.
“That NUC should with immediate effect sanction KASU for contravening its rules and regulations.
“That Academic Staff Of Universities (ASUU) and Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) should sanction the entire management team of KASU for making a mockery of Nigerian universities.
“That President Buhari should desist from procuring fraudulent degrees and focus on governance because, our country is faced with terrorism, economic hardship, religious crises and political tension.”