UNILORIN Speaks On Born Again Student Who Withdrew From School Over Religious Belief
Authorities of the University of Ilorin, Kwara State on Sunday said that they had accepted the voluntary withdrawal of a student, Jephtaph Abolarin, from the institution. Abolarin, a 300-Level Sociology student, had written to the university confessing to Cheat!ng during his West African Senior School Certificate Examination.
Abolarin, who claimed he had become a ‘born again’ Christian, said continuing his university education, using an unmerited certificate was unjust and imm0ral. He wrote the letter to the institution’s Deputy Vice- Chancellor, Academics, Prof. Sidiqat Ijaiya, on August 5, 2016. According to him, he wanted to withdraw from the school because he got his WASSCE through examination malpractice.
Reacting to the letter on Sunday, the university Deputy Director, Corporate Affairs, Mr. Kunle Akogun, confirmed the withdrawal of the student. Akogun, who noted that the Senate of the university had accepted the withdrawal letter, added that the Vice- Chancellor, Prof. Abdulganiyu Ambali, commended Abolarin for his repentance and sincerity. The VC, Akogun added, wished Abolarin well in his future endeavour.
Part of Abolarin’s letter to the DVC read, “Just as a house that was built on a faulty foundation will surely collapse, it is also certain that a career that is built on a faulty foundation will definitely collapse. All through my secondary school days, I was just a church ‘goer’, without genuine salvation and the fear of God.
As a result, I got my WASSCE result through examination malpractice. “By the grace of God, now, I have encountered the light of the gospel of Jesus Christ, which called for repentance and restitution. “Sir, with deep conviction, I have realised that there is no point building my academic career on a faulty foundation; since the WASSCE result I got through malpractice is the basis in which my admission into this university was anchored.
“Therefore, I have decided to withdraw from the university and start all over again.”