2019 Elections: Jega Reveals How Politicians, Lectures Compromised the System

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2019 Elections: Jega Reveals How Politicians, Lectures Compromised the System
2019 Elections: Jega Reveals How Politicians, Lectures Compromised the System

Former INEC chairman, Attahiru Jega has faulted the conduct of some University lecturers co-opted as adhoc staff in the 2019 general elections.

According to Jega who spoke at the annual conference of Fulbright Alumni Association of Nigeria at Bayero University Kano (BUK), politicians used university lecturers to commit irregularities especially during the elections in Kano state.

He 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.

“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.”