Association of Nigerian Students, NANS, has described as malicious the purported media report that the Yale Doctorate Award conferred on Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala by Yale University has been withdrawn.
NANS equally urged the University authorities to ignore the petition by one Mr. Sunday Iwalaiye requesting them to withdraw the award saying the call was ill motivated by some perceived enemies of the state.
In a statement signed by NANS President, Com Tijani Usman and made available to journalists, the students maintained that the Coordinating Minister for the Economy and Minister for Finance was well deserving of the award adding that the basis that were cited by the institution for the award perfectly describe their perception and understanding of what she has done for this country.
The students’ body while regretting that the petitioners has given a blind eye to all the achievement made by the Minister noted that it was clear from their findings that it was done in bad taste.
“From our investigations, we have come to the conclusion that this is a politically sponsored campaign against one of our most outstanding and distinguished Nigerians.
“We the National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS, totally and unequivocally condemn the said act, the initiator of the act and the vested political interests that are behind the act and also call on the authorities of the Yale University to totally disregard the said petition. The position of Sunday Iwalaiye and the mobilised and paid signatures that are being promoted by highly political and compromised media platforms like Sahara Reporters does not reflect the opinions of majority of Nigerians.
The student’s body further stated that Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has helped greatly to reduce the unemployment level in Nigeria through smart programs and policies like YouWin, Graduate Internship Programs etc.
Meanwhile, a spokesperson for Yale University revealed exclusively that the university has never revoked an honorary degree and does not intend to do so now.
In 2014, Yale was also asked by many, including its own alumni, to revoke an honorary doctorate granted to Switzerland billionaire, Stephan Schmidheiny, who was found guilty in 2012 of creating an asbestos environmental disaster which caused about 2,000 deaths in Italy.
Yale refused the request saying that “the revocation of an honorary degree would be unprecedented.”
Dr Okonjo-Iweala was named a Doctor of Humane Letters on Monday, May 18, 2015 during Yale’s Commencement ceremony.

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