March 29, 2017

Dino Melaye’s Academic Gown To Senate Hired Or Stolen, He Made Fool Of Himself - Says Dean

Academics have said that Dino Melaye’s donning of academic gown to the Senate plenary session on Tuesday is a “juvenile attempt” at proving that he attended the Ahmadu Bello University.

Dino had stormed the National Assembly Plenary Session on Tuesday in what academics described as “ceremonial” gown , rather than an academic robe.

The senator has been under fire in the past week, as critics allege that he did not earn an academic degree from the ABU as claimed, and the controversy is still on.

In his defence, the Vice Chancellor of the institution, Prof. Ibrahim Garba, had deposed before the Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions on Monday that Melaye earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography from ABU, with a Third Class.

Speaking to Punch, Professor of History and a former Dean of Faculty of Arts at the Lagos State University (LASU), Abolade Adeniji, said if Melaye felt that his appearing in what he thought was an academic gown would confirm his claim that he attended ABU, it is “ juvenile”.

Adeniji said, “This is a juvenile attempt at justifying his claims that he attended ABU. He has only made a fool of himself.

“What the senator has done is unusual, and this should be a source of concerns to his fellow senators.

“The senatorial position is an exalted one that should not be trivialised the way Senator Melaye is doing.

“The appearance he assumed today is not for an adult, much less a senator. He looks so cheap. It's a political drama that was meant to prove that he has a degree.”

Another academic, the Dean of Arts Faculty and Associate Professor of English Language at LASU, Dr . Adeleke Fakoya, said the gown that Senator Dino Melaye wore “is a ceremonial one."

“This is a ceremonial gown and not an academic robe. It is a ceremonial uniform usually worn during formal ceremonies in any Ivory Tower.

“Even then, you can only wear such ceremonial robes if you are a part of the procession in the academic environment; never in the context in which Senator Melaye wore it today.

“The type of gown that the senator wore in that photograph is usually worn by vice- chancellors, registrars, deans, etc.

“If Melaye intended it to prove that he graduated from ABU, then he missed it big time because the type of gown he is wearing is not for someone being conferred with a first degree, to start with.

“It is a ceremonial costume that should not be worn in frivolous manner as this senator has done. It ’s either hired or stolen.”

On the implications of Senator Melaye’ s action, Fakoya said it wouldn’t change anything.

He said it’ s like the case of a church leader who chooses to wear a Pope’s gown.

“It won't make that person a Pope, because we know the processes involved towards becoming a Pope.

“Ditto for academics. You must earn what you claim to possess, academically or by way of honorary bestowal.

“The onus is on anyone to justify his claims to any degree, instead of treating sacred objects with frivolity as we have here.”

22 comments:

Nasiru Adoke said...

telling him the truth as it is..dont know where he gets these crazy ideas from

Remi Abioye said...

A fool indeed! Unfortunately, this man is representing a group of people and bringing shame on them. In a sane environment,he ought to have been recalled and replaced. Shame of a Nation. May God save Nigeria.

Evestan said...

Funny man

Rosemary Ezeji said...

This man no send

Oladimeji Seun said...

I jave said it before that the man behave like unmature man, puting on the Academic gown, what does it mean to the issue on ground. Let him continue to molest himself.

Anonymous said...

Dino is insane,and has lost control of himself.pls remove that u are wearing ode

okorochas justin said...

On the implications of Senator Melaye’ s action, Fakoya said it wouldn’t change anything.

He said it’ s like the case of a church leader who chooses to wear a Pope’s gown.

“It won't make that person a Pope, because we know the processes involved towards becoming a Pope.

SUPPORTED!!!...

Abduletsugaie said...

I pity kogi people big time

Abduletsugaie said...

I pity kogi people big time,though 2019 is at the corner,be ready to face the Music bcx dis Certificate has tarnished ur Image bigtime.

Sunshow said...

Dino is a crazy guy, i like him though. Full of antics. Lolz

Austine Gabriel said...

the house of reps has taken over maturity from the senate,i call them the 8th senate of drama

abdulrasaq abdulrafii said...

This man is just a disgrace to ABU at large

Anonymous said...

I think this man is really really crazy. He needs psychiatric attention quickly before he let loose and harm our nascent democracy.

inumidun said...

Misplaced priority..

Unknown said...

ABU is even a disgrace to herself. A lot of questions are begging for an answer. In all these, can we say Mr Dino deserves being in the National Assembly? No!!!. He has none in character and learning. He is even a disgrace to his constituency. We have left governance to charllatans. It is a pity. How do we get out of here is the issue now?

Olusola Ralph said...

The present National Assembly is nothing but a disgrace to the reality of this nation. Mr Dino represent nothing but a failure in learning and character. To ABU, he is a bad product, to politics, he is an example of what governance has turned to. Politics in the hands of charlatans.The issue now is, how do we move forward and take the destiny of this nation from scavengers?

Obaby said...

Hmmmmnnnn

Hassan Aderemi said...

If Senator Dino does not know wearing ceremonial or academic gown to the Senate, what about his advisers (both special & personal advisers) are they not aware he's making mockery & monkey out of himsel? His advisers are doing a worse job & they should be replaced.

I. C Bruno said...

I didn't see any wrong by wearing the gown.

GABRIEL DANIEL said...

Tell them

Olisayemk said...

Dino is a big fool looking for how to justify his point, he should better return that gown to the owner

Queen Abiodun Ogunnika said...

Yeye senator

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