Adamu Abdulhamid, Nigeria’s newly appointed ambassador to the World Trade Organisation did not obtain a master’s degree in Business Management and Leadership from London Graduate School, UK, as claimed, the institution has told Peoples Gazette.
Mr Adamu, the Acting Head, Chargé d’ Affaires of the Nigeria Trade Office to the World Trade Organization in Geneva, Switzerland, was appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday.
The appointment was announced in a letter to the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Niyi Adebayo, from the Office of the Chief-of-Staff to the President, Ibrahim Gambari.
“The President, Muhammadu Buhari, has approved the appointment of Dr Adamu Mohammed Abdulhamid as the new Nigerian Ambassador to the World Trade Organization in Geneva, Switzerland, for a four-year term,” the statement said in part.
Adamu Abdulhamid reportedly holds a master’s degree in economics and international development from Clermont Ferrand University in France, a master’s degree in business management and leadership from London Graduate School in the United Kingdom, and a doctorate in international relations and economic diplomacy from Commonwealth University in the United Kingdom.
However, the London Graduate School acknowledged to Peoples Gazette that he did not graduate and was never a student there.
In an email, the institution stated, “The guy you mention (sic) is not known to us and has never been a student with us at any time.”
It further noted that students are not allowed straight into the university because it does not have the authority to grant degrees.
“We do not accept students directly since London Graduate School is the delivery arm of OTHM Qualifications, a UK licenced awarding body. We do not have degree-awarding authority, but we do provide Top-Up Degrees that have been verified and given by our partner, the University of Chichester, and are listed on the university’s website,” the institution explained.
Throughout the weekend, Mr Abdulhamid’s phone number remained disconnected. The Gazette has reached out to the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva for comment.
Mr Adamu Abdulhamid began his career in the Nigerian public service many years ago and has progressed to the level of director. After being posted by the federal trade ministry in Abuja, he served as Nigeria’s charge d’affaires at the WTO until He was nominated, full ambassador by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Many important people have been implicated in certificate fraud and tampering, which has become somewhat of a routine in the fight for public office.
Former finance minister Kemi Adeosun and the Chairman of the Special Presidential Investigation Panel for the Recovery of Public Property, Okoi Obono-Obla, are among those accused of certificate forgery, which is a criminal offence.
After it was discovered that Adeosun faked her National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) exemption certificate, she resigned as a minister in 2018.
The former minister stated in her resignation letter that the certificate she was given was not real.
The Federal High Court’s Abuja Division, however, ruled on Wednesday that the NYSC certificate, as required by the Constitution, was not a requirement for holding political office in the country.
Salisu Buhari was forced to retire as Speaker of the House of Representatives in 1999 after being caught with a forged degree from the University of Toronto in Canada.
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