Leadership (Abuja)

8 January 2014

Nigeria: False Certificate - Oduah in Brazil As Aides Begin Damage Control

Photo: Daily Trust
Nigeria Aviation Minister Princess Stella Oduah

Unfazed at the controversies trailing allegations in the social media regarding her claim to have attended St. Paul College in the United States of America (USA) as a post graduate student, the minister of aviation, Princess Stella Oduah is shrugging off the controversy.

Acccording to an online media, saharareporters, Oduah's aides are also reported to be doctoring the contents of relevant websites containing her academic qualifications as a means to cover up the story in the social media suggesting that she did not attend the school.

Efforts to get some of her aides to comment on the issue by LEADERSHIP failed yesterday as repeated calls to their phones were unanswered just as they refused to reply to a text message sent to them.

The minister is said to be in Brazil, though her mission to the South American country was not ascertained by the time of writing this report but she managed to write a line on her social networking website, http://www.facebook.com/ describing her stay as fun.

"Oh, so cold here in Brazil but I am having a lot of fun. God bless all my well wishers." She wrote on her facebook wall on Sunday when the news was broken by an online blog, Saharareporters.

According to the blog, her associates and aides had embarked on remedial damage control by cleaning up the minister's biographies on the Internet.

The online media had on Monday quoted authorities at St. Paul's College, where the minister claimed she studied for Bachelor and Master's degrees, as denying ever issuing post graduate degrees to Oduah.

The blog quoted an unnamed official of the school as maintaining that St. Paul College does not at anytime offer post graduate degrees as the university does not have a graduate school.

Efforts to get any of her aides to react to the allegation were abortive as her special assistant on media, Mr. Joe Obi, neither picked repeated calls to his phone nor responded to text message sent to him by our correspondent.

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