The University of Port Harcourt Alumni Association has reacted to a newspaper item by Olatunji Dare, an otherwise celebrated columnist, in his column “Matters Miscellaneous” in “The Nation” newspaper of Tuesday November 27, 2018. In it, Dare, in the mould of Jonathan bashers, took a poke at Nigeria’s former President, who is today, globally acclaimed as the hero of democracy in Nigeria. His remarks came in the wake of the launch of his book “My Transition Hours.”
Reacting to the newspaper article, the National President of the University of Port Harcourt Alumni Association, High Chief Chris Adokeme, expressed disappointment at the article by Olatunji Dare. Describing Dr Jonathan as the number one alumnus of the University of Port Harcourt, the National President said the Association will not watch with folded arms, and allow anyone to get away with an evil and mischievous attempt to ridicule the person of Dr Jonathan.
The Alumni President referred to similar attempts in the build up to the 2015 elections to rubbish Dr Jonathan’s doctorate degree and the swift response by the University through it’s head of public relations, Williams Wodi.
The University, unlike it’s counterpart in Toronto, made it CATEGORICALLY CLEAR that the former President got his doctorate degree in Zoology in 1995, after a Master of Science degree in Hydrobiology and Fisheries in 1985 and a Bachelor’s degree in Zoology in 1981. The Alumni National President wondered why the columnist will pick on Dr Jonathan whose academic credentials are not in dispute. He said that if Olatunji Dare was desperate to unearth academic sleeze among Nigerian leaders, there were enough public officials to take on, but certainly, not the doctorate degree of Dr Goodluck Jonathan.
While expressing gratitude to former President Olusegun Obasanjo for his role in making our most illustrious alumnus President of Nigeria, Adokeme said it was wrong to regard a governor of an oil rich state, who became Vice President, as rising from obscurity. He noted that there some former governors who are reportedly scheming to be President, and asked if Dare will regard such politicians, if successful, as rising from obscurity.