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UNIMAID lecturer in controversial world award finally speaks

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A lecturer at the University of Maiduguri said to have been awarded a controversial world award, Dr Yakubu Nura, has refuted claims that the award is fraudulent.

He said his university had already issued him a formal letter of congratulations on the award.

Nuru became a sensation on the social media some days ago after a group, The World Championship, said he won the World Physics Competition.

The website further claimed that Nuru defeated 5,720 ‘contenders’ in 97 countries to emerge winner of the award, which made him ‘the Father of Modern Einstein’s Planetary Equation Studies in Physics.’

Some Nigerians and politicians had called on northern governors and the President to celebrate the award to encourage scholarships in the country.

However, a social commentator, Dr Farooq Kperogi, alleged that the award was fraudulent, pointing out that aside from the fact that the group did not have its own website, the award was given at a fee.

The associate professor of journalism also cited other Nigerians who had been dubbed ‘fathers’ of whole disciplinary specialties by the ‘fraudulent site’.

UNIMAID’s Yakubu was also put into an exclusive list of “Six famous persons who changed the world”. Yakubu was number two on the list, including Albert Einstein, Michael Faraday, Hippocrates, Sir Isaac Newton, and Louis Pasteur.

The website urged private organisations and government to encourage students and young scientists by naming road, garden, statue, community hall, centre, programme, after Yakubu.

Yakubu, spoke with a news website, not TheNEwsGuru on the controversial award.

The 51-year-old noted that UNIMAID had already given him a congratulatory letter.

He said, “What’s fake? You can contact the university management because they had replied me with a letter congratulating me. So, these are the people that can authenticate.”

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