From Mokolade Michael
A human rights group, LYGEL Youths and Leadership Initiative, has demanded the immediate resignation of the chairman, Federal Character Commission (FCC), Dr. Muheeba Farida Dankanka, over alleged forgery of her academic certificates.
The group alleged that the FCC chairman forged some of the academic certificates she presented to the Senate during her screening and, therefore, called on the National Assembly to scrutinize her academic certificates again.
Addressing a press conference, the Director, Legal and Compliance of the group, Mr Olalekan Oladapo, alleged that the FCC chairman presented the fake documents in order to hoodwink the Senate and the general public.
He said: “Dr Muheeba Farida Dankanka is the official name by which the present chairman of the Federal Character Commission (FCC) goes. However, a critical and systematic review of the Certified True Copies of the credentials she submitted to the Senate for her screening revealed that this name by which she goes is at variance with the names on all the documents she presented which are different and irreconcilable with each other.
“For instance, the name on her Master’s degree certificate obtained from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria reads Muuibat Adenike Salawu. This is different from her official name which is Dr Muheeba Farida Dankanka.”
“Also, the name on her West Africa Examination Council (WAEC) school certificate she obtained in 1978 reads Salawu Muuibat Adenike. This is also different from her official name.
“We have also found out that the title of Doctor which she bears and signs on all official documents happens to be an honourary doctorate degree conferred on her by an unregistered institution which has been declared illegal by relevant authorities,” he alleged.
Oladapo faulted claim by the FCC chairman that the changes in her name was as a result of marriage, alleging that from the group’s findings there was no affidavit to back the claim.
While threatening to institute a legal action against the FCC chairman, the group gave her a seven-day ultimatum to resign or face litigation.
“We had before now written to the FCC under the FOI Act to furnish us with information concerning the issues of waivers, recruitments, contract awards and balancing index but no response. We shall therefore not hesitate to drag the FCC chairman to court if she fails to resign from office honourably.”