The media aide to the Labour Party (LP) presidential candidate, Peter Obi, Valentine Obienyem has submitted that mischief makers are those behind the noise surrounding the class of degree obtained by his principal.
According to him, paper qualifications are not a measure of anyone’s wisdom or intelligence.
Obienyem made the submission in a statement on Wednesday in which he reacted to the uproar that greeted the academic qualification of Obi based on details released on Tuesday by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
INEC had written ‘degree’ as part of the LP candidate’s academic qualification but some persons had gone ahead to criticize the class of degree, saying it’s an ordinary pass.
Others argued that he didn’t present his degree results to INEC.
However, in a statement made available to journalists on Wednesday, Obienyem said his boss would have wanted to ignore the mischief makers but it was necessary to set the records staruight so as not to create any wrong impression in the polity.
He also attached a copy of Obi’s credentials and results to the statement.
The statement read in part, “It would have just required publishing Mr. Peter Obi’s degree result to stop the perennial debate about the class of degree he came out with.
“Each time I mentioned it to him, Obi would restrain me from publishing. His stand is clear: ‘Val, to me, education is the progressive discovery of our ignorance. We learn every day. The possession of paper qualification is not, and cannot become the measure of wisdom and intelligence.
“When people debate what I graduated with, ignore them. To allow yourself to become fixated on such inane discourse is to imply that you do not have better things to do.
“But I have always had a different view. Simple publication, not for the sake of debate, but to clear all doubts, especially among those that are deceived.
“Yesterday, though INEC included ‘Degree’ to his qualifications, without specifying the field, mischief makers went to town. Some of them even went to the extent of implying that either he did not attend university after all or he did not graduate.
“He remains the most probed and searched Nigerian. They wish they could detect faults in him as a mark of respect for the frailty of human nature.
“At this point, there is no need to confer with him. I had to reach our boss immediately, Mr Oseloka Obaze. Hear him: ‘Val, go on and publish. If anything arises, tell him that I authorized. We need not appease mischief makers, but to clear all doubts among all men and women of goodwill who are genuinely concerned.”
Other Candidates Should Publish Their Qualifications Too
The media aide also threw a shade at the presidential candidates whose academic qualifications are shrouded in controversy, urging such people to come public with their qualifications just as Obi has done.
He added; “Also attached are his credentials as published by INEC. Having published the result, let others whose credentials are doubted publish theirs.”
This article was originally published on Naija News