Human rights activist Aisha Yesufu stated on Saturday that the country’s broken election system has allowed more students to indulge in exam cheating.
She was responding to a thread started by Festus Keyamo, former minister of state for labor and employment.
Mr Keyamo’s post was in response to Ejikeme Mmesoma’s admission that she falsified her UTME test scores.
On Sunday, the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) accused Ms Mmesoma of rigging her UTME scores from 249 to 362. Instead, the candidate who had insisted on her innocence eventually admitted to faking her results in front of an impartial panel of inquiry established by the Anambra State Government.
In response to the disclosure, Mr Keyamo stated that he had held his comments on the controversies surrounding Ms Mmesoma’s UTME scores.
While praising the student as “a brilliant girl, judging by her actual score of 249,” Mr Keyamo also warned critics not to harm her with their comments.
“What she requires is counseling, correction, and direction.” She clearly had no idea the significance of what she was doing. Most of us made childish blunders as teenagers that were never revealed.
In an attempt to politicize the situation, Ms Yesufu stated that problems with the country’s electoral system may have encouraged students like Ms Mmesoma to falsify her results, asking, “If Tinubu can do it, why can’t they?”
“What is most unfortunate is Tinubu fraudulently occupying the highest political office in the land through forgery and rigging, which has given room for more children to say, if Tinubu can do it, why can’t they?”
“Reason Nigerians must focus on the judiciary to do the needful!,” she writes in a tweet.
See below some excerpts from the tweet;