CONCERNED citizens of Ningi/Warji constituency of Bauchi State have called on the Speaker of the House of Representatives to investigate allegation of certificate forgery against a member, Abdulrazak Nuhu Bature, by the University of Jos.
In a petition dated November 12th, and addressed to the Speaker, Aminu Tambuwal,124 constituents of Bature said; “we are particularly worried by the seeming insensitivity of the House of Representatives leadership to constitute a committee to investigate the damaging allegations which to our mind cast aspersion on the ethical reorientation and/ or transformation agenda of the federal government and the consequential effect of not having men and women of honour and proven integrity in positions of responsibility.” The petition was submitted at the office of the Speaker on Wednesday.
The University of Jos through its Registrar, Jilli-Dandam, Danjuma had in a letter dated September 7, 2012 urged the National Assembly to disregard Bature’s claim of attending the institution.
“While we draw your attention to this dishonourable act of one of your members, we wish to put you on notice that we have also lodged complaint to relevant government agencies for necessary action,” the university stressed.
Danjuma made good his threat by writing the Director-General, State Security Service, Inspector-General of Police Chairman, EFCC Chairman, ICPC Chairman, INEC and the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
According to Danjuma, the embattled member presented as part of his credentials, a testimonial and a certificate for Advance Diploma in Public Administration purported to have been issued by the Senate of the University of Jos at an election tribunal before it was referred to the university for verification.
According to the Registrar, the University’s Senate set up a committee which investigated the case and reported that the Bature did not attend the university and could therefore not lay claim to its certificates. The university immediately placed a disclaimer on him in a national newspaper.
He has also been invited by the State Commissioner of Police over alleged forgery but he is yet to honour the invitation.
One of the leaders of the constituency who spoke to The Nation from Bauchi yesterday said, Mr. Yunana Katanga said they are determined to make the member explain the forgery and if culpable, face the law.
Contacted for comments Bature said;”Let them forge ahead. They took me to court several times and failed. Let them go ahead with the recall process. I wish them well.”
The National Assembly has had a history of members with questionable credentials. The first Speaker of the House of Representatives, Salisu Buhari, was forced to step down when it was discovered that his Toronto University degree was forged. Another member of the National Assembly, Senator Evans Enwerem was also disgraced out of the nation’s highest legislative house.