Aisha Yesufu, a human rights advocate, expressed on Saturday that the flawed electoral system in the country has led to an increase in students resorting to cheating in exams.
She shared her thoughts in response to a series of tweets initiated by Festus Keyamo, a former minister of state for labour and employment.
Keyamo’s tweet was prompted by Ejikeme Mmesoma’s admission of forging her Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) scores.
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) accused Ms. Mmesoma of manipulating her UTME results, raising them from 249 to 362. Despite initially proclaiming her innocence, she later confessed to falsifying her results during an independent inquiry conducted by the Anambra State Government.
In response to this revelation, Keyamo refrained from commenting on the controversies surrounding Ms Mmesoma’s UTME scores. While acknowledging her intelligence based on her score of 249, he cautioned against harsh criticism that could harm her.
Ms. Yesufu, however, attempted to politicize the issue and suggested that problems stemming from the country’s electoral system may have influenced students like Ms Mmesoma to forge their results. She questioned why they wouldn’t resort to such actions when Bola Tinubu, who she alleges obtained the highest political position through forgery and rigging, serves as an example.
She further emphasized the importance of Nigerians focusing on the judiciary to take necessary action, stating, “The judiciary must address this matter appropriately!”