*How did ABU Zaria not spot this anomaly?
By Olajide Fashikun
Hamman Isah Misau, the senator representing Bauchi Central Senatorial District in the eighth National Assembly must be a very controversial person. A second check on his certificate showed that he was three years old when he graduated from the Ahmadu Bello University Zaria in 1977.
His date of birth is 1974! Two factors comes to mind: that date must either be an administrative error or a well constructed fraud.
Lastline: When did he finish his university education? These are the questions coming up but begging for answers after a random search by www.gongnews.net showed his profile on the official website of National Assembly.
According to Misau’s profile on the official website of the National Assembly, the Bauchi Senator was reported to have graduated from Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria in 1977 after studying Business Administration; and he holds a Master’s degree in Law, which he obtained in 2010.
But, according to the same profile, Misau, is 43 years old. This implies that he was born in 1974. This means he was just three years old when he graduated from the University. This certainly must be a world record!
Misau has another birthday: Nigerian Biography, an online platform, says Senator Misau was born in 1970. Even at this, Misau would have graduated from the same university at the age of seven.
May be that is why Senator Misau prides himself on being the youngest senator in the current National Assembly.
“Thank God, the older senators don’t look down on me,” he told Daily Trust in an interview last year.
“They give me the opportunity to voice out my feelings, both in the chambers and during committee sittings. Sometimes, I even forget that I’m the youngest when I’m relating with them. Likewise, they do also forget that they are older.”
Given his self-avowed social-media compliance, it is a surprise that he hasn’t noticed age versus graduation discrepancy on the NASS website.
“Some of them (older senators) rely on me when it comes to certain things; they request for my inputs, especially on issues concerning youth,” he said in the same interview. “I get information on Twitter, Facebook and other social media platforms which, to certain extent, age may not permit the older senators to read them.”
History of age falsification in the National Assembly: Misau who served in the Police between 2000 and 2010, may not be the first or the last legislator to be caught in the age web. Former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Salisu Buhari, at the beginning of the Fourth Republic, lied his way to the lower chamber, falsifying his age. To become a federal lawmaker, he claimed he was 36 years old as of 1999, although he was born in 1970, meaning he was only 29 at the time and was one year short of the minimum age requirement to be in the House.
That was not his only lie. He claimed to have attended University of Toronto in Canada and graduated with a degree in Business Administration, but the university denied he was ever a student of the institution.
It was also discovered that after falsifying his credentials to gain admission into ABU, he was expelled and barred from participating in the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).
When he was found out in 2000, Buhari broke down in tears, saying: “I apologise to you. I apologise to the nation. I apologise to my family and friends for all the distress I have caused them. I was misled in error by my zeal to serve the nation. I hope the nation will forgive me and give me the opportunity to serve again.”
Was NASS website to be blamed: Is it possible Misau’s age as par the university graduation on the NASS website is an error? Quite possible.
In August 2006, the website of the Nigerian Football Association (NFA), as it was then known, stated Obafemi Martins’ date of birth was 1st May, 1978, which means he was 28 years at the time instead of the 21 he was claiming.
The NFA soon clarified, though, that it was an “administrative error”, and apologised for the confusion.
So, Misau wouldn’t be the first victim of “administrative error”. But someone must apologise!
Police controversy: Misau is currently in the eye of the storm following his bribery allegation against IGP Ibrahim Idris.
A ragging question is, why hasn’t Senator Misau spotted his bio-data on the National Assembly’s official website? What age data is officially in his police file when he entered the force? Is this a mathematical function of unintended error or a deliberate cheating? What is he hiding in the process of the cheating game? Did he actually attended the university? What did he fill in the papers at the University? For the years he spent, no one in the university spotted it?