A Senator is, first, Senator of his District before of the Republic. This means that his primary responsibility is to his District, just as his District is responsible for him. This shows that Dino Melaye does not represent us all. He ONLY represents Kogi West Senatorial district; they’re his property.
If Dino Melaye does not have the required documentation to hold the position, then the Kogi West people do not have the right to choose a leader of their own, and INEC does not have the capacity to conduct usable elections in the country.
Claims of no certificate came from an ‘independent’ publisher and the Senate tasked a committee to investigate them.
There are processes which build up to the installation of a leader in a political office. One vital process is called screening, which is done in different stages — from in-house political parties to INEC itself, then to the Nigerians who vote. If someone does not possess a basic requirement to contest an election such as educational qualification, and that person somehow gets through all the processes, and gets sworn in, then we’ve been failed by the system on various levels.
Don’t get me wrong, Dino’s certificate is not missing. The Vice Chancellor of Ahmadu Bello University confirmed to the Senate that he attended school with them. The troubling detail is the fact that the Nigerian Senate [read that again: the Nigerian Senate] considered the possibility of truth in Sahara Reporters’ claims that a Senator — after two years of privileged information, and influencing decisions on issues of National importance — isn’t qualified to be a Senator.
As I said, it turned out to be untrue. But is this possible? The Nigerian Senate responds with an investigation, and that means ‘yes, it is possible’.
In fact, rumor has it that a very, very important person in our country is not academically qualified to hold the office they currently hold. But I’m not allowed to talk about that for National Security reasons. I want to speak the truth, but, unlike Dino Melaye, I don’t want to die for it… at 27.
The possibility that some of the people currently influencing major decisions in our country are not qualified to do so in the first place is a huge dent in our democratic system. And to imagine that the recession we now experience may be a result of poor economic policies made by people who aren’t qualified to make those decisions… is deeply troubling.