Mr Yakubu Dogara, Speaker at the House of Representatives, on Wednesday, advised the UNILAG academic record-breaker, Ayodele Dada, to be wary of lures of money, women and alcohol. These vices he said might be unavoidable but he (Dada) must not allow it to misguide his path of success. The 29-year-old Ayodele Dada, who graduated from the University of Lagos (UNILAG) with an unblemished 5.0 Cumulative Grade Point Average, has received several standing ovations from academic communities, the business world and now the Nigeria House of Representatives.
The House, in recognizing his academic feat, had invited Dada to hold a session in his honour. The humorous advice, however rouse a bust of laughter from members of the house as Dogara noted that, having become a celebrity, women, money and alcohol would naturally come his way, but he urged him to avoid them. He added that by avoiding them, Dada would go far in life in his determination to attain greater achievements.
As Dogara spoke, female members started protesting. They raised their hands, demanding to be allowed to counter Dogara. Some of the women murmured that an achiever like Dada would definitely need a woman as a companion. One of the protesters was the Chairperson, House Committee on Foreign Relations, Nnenna Ukeje. Incidentally, Ukeje, a few minutes before Dogara spoke, had commended the academic feat of Dada, assuring him of her support for further accomplishments.
Dada’s feat was brought to the attention of the House by its Leader, Mr. Femi Gbajabiamila. He identified the graduate as his neighbour in Surulere, Lagos. Gbajabiamila informed the House that Dada paid his way through school, “sometimes, doing two or three jobs”.
“He deserves this special commendation and recognition by the House because his story is compelling. It should be told over and over again. It is time for us as a nation to claim ownership of what belongs to us. He is the Nigerian dream, to have graduated with a 5.0 CGPA.”
A former university teacher, Prof. Mojeed Alabi, while contributing to the debate, said in his 25 years of experience in teaching, he had not seen a graduate with 5.0 CGPA, but Dada. He urged the house to celebrate the school and the teachers who produced him. Dada, all the while, stood among the lawmakers, acknowledging the praises being showered on him by the House.