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2019 POLLS: Lecturers connived with politicians to perpetrate ‘all forms of irregularities’, Jega claims



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Former chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Attahiru Jega has berated the conduct of some lecturers during the last general elections.

Jega while speaking at the annual conference of the Fulbright Alumni Association of Nigeria at Bayero University Kano (BUK), alleged that some lectures co-opted as adhoc staff by INEC connived with politicians to perpetrate ‘all sorts of irregularities’ during the polls.

The former INEC boss who particularly fingered lecturers of the Bayero University Kano (BUK) said; “I think the major crisis in Nigeria’s democracy is that our electoral integrity has been under assault, compromised and undermined by those who have control over the process.

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“Look at what happened during the last elections, and the story of irregularities being spread even in the four walls of BUK.

“The politicians, through crooked means, got alliances with lecturers in the university to compromise the system and they perpetrated all sort of irregularities, which pave way for a faulty process for the continued entrenchment of bad people in governance.

“Maybe, I am preaching to the converted or I am talking nonsense but frankly speaking, I am beginning to think that we are not taking the obligations of scholarship and intellectual engagement with the seriousness it deserves.”

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