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300-Level UNILORIN Student Withdraws from University Because He Got His WASSCE Grades Through Malpractice



Jephthat Abolarin's Letter

Jephthah Abolarin’s Letter

The management of the University of Ilorin (UNILORIN) has reacted to a letter by one of its student (now a former student) who voluntarily withdrew from the university.

Jephthah Abolarin, who was a 300-Level Sociology student, had written to the university confessing to cheating during his West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE), hence, continuing his education with his WASSCE result – which he described as a faulty foundation – was unjust and immoral.

The letter, which he addressed to the institution’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academics, Professor Sidiqat Ijaiya, was dated August 5, 2016.

He said he got he got his grades through examination malpractice.

Reacting to the letter on Sunday, the university Deputy Director, Corporate Affairs, Kunle Akogun, said that the Senate of the university had accepted the withdrawal letter.

Akogun added that the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Abdulganiyu Ambali, commended Abolarin for his repentance and sincerity.

Akogun added that the VC wished Abolarin well in his future endeavour.

Abolarin’s letter read in part:

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.

Credit: PUNCH


  1. St Kitts and Nevis

    September 12, 2016 at 8:12 pm

    Good for him. So he’ll write WAEC again. Hmm. What I don’t get is why he had to write a withdrawal letter in the first place. People drop out all the time without all this formality and stamping. Was he lowkey hoping the letter would be rejected? Lol. Just kidding.

    Good luck though. God will reward you.

    • EE

      September 13, 2016 at 3:27 am

      Change has began with him.

  2. Ada

    September 12, 2016 at 8:12 pm

    I don’t understand his concept of repentance or restitution but the bible does teach that when you seek God’s forgiveness, he doesn’t remember the things of old. I would expect that he use his new found faith to encourage younger people not to cheat in their studies. I hope he doesn’t regret his actions later.

    • Mr. Egghead

      September 12, 2016 at 8:39 pm

      His actions are the moral platform he needs to encourage young people to abstain from exam malpractice. It shows his confidence in God who is able to do for him, much more than a sociology degree from Unilorin.
      It must have been a painful decision but God sees his sacrifice.
      I pray he achieves great things in future. It would make a powerful story.

      BN, this story has been up and about since forever and you are just posting it.

    • Naijatalk

      September 12, 2016 at 11:19 pm

      I applaud the courage of this young man. Now this is truly “change begins with me.”

  3. Rwen

    September 12, 2016 at 8:19 pm

    May the Lord you serve honour this act of integrity and restitution. This was obviously not an easy decision to make but it will touch all who read it and it’s a sign to the world that you’re indeed a convert and are committed to staying on the strait and narrow. May God see you through. Congratulations!

    • Lulu

      September 12, 2016 at 9:28 pm


  4. Tosin

    September 12, 2016 at 8:43 pm

    To investigate or not to investigate? Like to find the nature and sources of the malpractice?

  5. MrX

    September 12, 2016 at 8:48 pm

    He is a mugu. Most Nigerians are brainwashed by religion. This is an example. I dont condone exam malpractices however This is just a ridiculous story.

    • Fleur

      September 12, 2016 at 9:10 pm

      Dont assume that he sleeps comfy at night. Trust that he was compelled by revelations he could only be privy to through self reflection. If you could not pass waec, how will you pass uni exams? Indeed his foundation Is faulty and his actions MANLY, HUMANE &LAUDABLE. people like this have to bribe lecturers for every course and end up leaving school as graduates woth no knowledge. I thank God for this one repentant life.

    • MurderSheWrote

      September 12, 2016 at 9:23 pm

      His actions MANLY. Say what?

    • Mr x

      September 13, 2016 at 3:28 pm

      I am sorry to say. Morality doesn’t take you anywhere in Nigeria. You have got to be smart in your dealings. I hope you’re not like the gullible rest. Who don’t know how to seize an opportunity when they see one. Sleep at night. In this financial time when things are hard. I think he has parents that are willing to sponsor his education i guess.. Good or bad. No body want to know how you make it. Just make it. Making this move is a wrong one on so many levels..

      MurderSheWrote . What dirty redemption. Redemption from who. Blacks are just born into perpetual slavery . who must you be redeemed from? . Christianity is not African and will never be. Just live your life and be responsible for your actions that’s all. Nobody will save you from nothing.

    • MurderSheWrote

      September 12, 2016 at 9:27 pm

      When you experience redemption by Jesus Christ our Lord, the world calls you foolish. Your ways are not their ways. You remind me of Saul before he was Paul Just like you. Never understood the might of God until it hit him like a thunderous slap.

    • EE

      September 13, 2016 at 3:28 am

      I’m guessing you’ve never heard of a little thing called a conscience? I fear you guy.

    • Livvy's Mama

      September 13, 2016 at 12:44 pm

      Why is it ridiculous?

    • Rwen

      September 14, 2016 at 4:10 pm

      He Is No Fool Who Gives What He Cannot Keep, To Gain That Which He Cannot Lose! – Jim Elliot

  6. Cynicalme

    September 12, 2016 at 9:26 pm

    Yea, if it were a correct course like Medicine, Engineering, Accountancy or Law , he would have jejely prayed to God for forgiveness in the quiet of his bedroom and called it a day. Hope the University will acknowledge his honesty and grant him admission when he reapplies for a beta course in a year or 2

  7. Mademoiselle 19

    September 12, 2016 at 9:28 pm

    In my opinion, this is just strategy, if he fesses up publicly and embraces honesty in this change someone might just notice him and make him the poster boy for honesty, transparency or hey the change begins with you right? There we go.

    • Livvy's Mama

      September 13, 2016 at 12:44 pm

      Cynical much?

  8. Olori Gbeske

    September 12, 2016 at 9:35 pm

    I won’t say mine is a similar case but my predicament comes to mind. Graduated with a poor result from Uni. Want to start all over again from another Uni, doing another course. I want to start afresh and have been thinking of requesting for my previous Uni to revoke my degree certificate. I have thought hard about this for months on end. It would be like a new beginning for me. Any thoughts please?

    • BlueEyed

      September 13, 2016 at 8:53 am

      Please stop doing the most. Revoke your degree?? Didn’t you pay money for it or did it come free? If you want to start afresh take a new course, focus on it and come out with excellent results. In the future identify yourself with your new course and God will help you.
      On this Topic, this guy is also doing the most, you have asked for forgiveness and the stain of your past has been blotted out, you want restitution, take time out, take the pain and retake the exam, whilst you are in school, people have done it and it didn’t affect them in anyway, task yourself and combine the WAEC exams and your normal school programme, take that result to your university as your official result. God is faithful but not stupid. There are punishments “christians” give themselves that God does not have a hand in

    • flourish

      September 14, 2016 at 8:28 pm

      @BlueEyed, “Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity”. The fact that the world has become corrupt will not make God change His standards. If the foundation of a house is faulty and the house starts bending at the lintel stage, do you just patch patch at that stage or take the pain to pull down the whole building and start from the foundation again? will it not rather save lives in the future if you pull down the building and start all over again. This young man will not regret his action.

    • enchanted

      September 14, 2016 at 7:28 am

      Why revoke ur certificate… just apply somewhere else & have a 2nd degree simple.

  9. Marlvina

    September 12, 2016 at 9:35 pm

    Wow! Such a bold step and declaration. May God bless and elevate you. Your future is rest assured in Christ. You will be great amongst kings. God has heard your plea and will surely reward you for your decision.

  10. The Real Oma

    September 12, 2016 at 10:27 pm

    Actually this is what true conversion looks like, remember the tax collector in the bible?
    I pray your faith and conviction leads you to even greater heights.

  11. AceOfSpades

    September 12, 2016 at 10:44 pm

    Jephthah I don’t get…did you cheat during one subject alone or ALL the subjects in WAEC? This sounds funny kind of but I hope you know that INTERNET NEVER FORGET!

    This is not like the airport cleaner case o….

  12. Beard gang

    September 12, 2016 at 10:52 pm

    self-righteousness! this letter is crap! why did he have to write the VC? quietly withdraw and start afresh. what should the VC do with this? i hope he writes the police and serve his jail term for proper ‘restitution’ bloody bullshit!

    • EE

      September 13, 2016 at 3:31 am

      Why E dey do you wan kine???? Pity your ! button. !!

    • Bobosteke & Lara Bian

      September 13, 2016 at 11:42 am

      Hello @ Beard Gang.
      It is proper protocol and due process to write the university formally to inform them of your decision to withdraw your studentship from the university.

      You do not write directly to the vice chancellor, however. You write through the head of department, the dean to the vice chancellor. Some require that you write through the student affairs to the head of department.

      Secondly, we seem to view this as though he made the letter public himself. Someone else did.

      I have no way of knowing his motives. But God deals with everyone differently. For some, a simple prayer of forgiveness would suffice and you find forgiveness without the need for restitution. For others, it requires a seismic shift that leaves you breathless until you fulfill it. He may seem stupid to you, but the peace he has now none of our comments can shake.

      Of course, there would be times when he would wonder if he made the right decision. But that struggle is between him and his God.

      Lastly, you talked about the police arresting him. I may be wrong, but I believe it is a civil offence and not a criminal one. In any case, his actions are the very punishment the university would have meted out if the malpractice had been found out.

      Thank you for sharing.

  13. Hills

    September 13, 2016 at 12:48 am

    Lmao?? Why are some of you so pissed that he did this?

  14. pj

    September 13, 2016 at 5:19 am

    If only those who formally reduce their age follow suit

  15. Kayla

    September 13, 2016 at 6:47 am

    @pj those who formally reduce their age. It has become a norm.

  16. the one whom Jesus loves

    September 13, 2016 at 9:14 am

    Jephtah, i am super proud of you and what you did. Sometimes the steps to redemption and restitution hits people differently.
    In his own case, i strongly believe the holy spirit witnessed to him to make an open confession and an open step of writing his school.
    That way he can take responsibility for his actions and start all over.
    I tell you, watch how God is going to double every move he makes henceforth in Christ.

  17. Bornagain since 1993

    September 13, 2016 at 1:07 pm

    If any man is in Christ, he is a NEW Creation, the old has gone,behold the new is here. When he became bornagain all his past was deleted. Why did he have to go and *write 419 WAEC on his christ-given clean identity??? Oh i weep…..who ever got him bornagain shld have followed him up untill he knows how to stand in Christ and the true meaning of the New Life in Christ. Don’t go paying for sins that Christ has FULLY paid for#

  18. Bornagain since 1993

    September 13, 2016 at 1:08 pm


  19. Bornagain since 1993

    September 13, 2016 at 1:11 pm

    Why is he going about paying for his Sins that God has washed away in Christ Jesus? If any man is in Christ, he is a NEW creature, the old has gone and the New is here.

  20. molarah

    September 13, 2016 at 7:23 pm

    The majority of comments show the reason why Nigeria is the corruption capital of the world. Religious or not, why is it a big deal that a person renounces the benefits they got from wrongful/illegitimate dealings in the past? Hian for you people.

    Later we will be cursing the leaders that stole all the money that was supposed to transform Nigeria into the productive prosperous giant she ought to be. But why will they return the money and turn a new leaf, when they know that Nigerians will only berate them for not being “smart”. This is very disappointing talk from all of you (all that spoke down on the guy’s actions, that is).

    And all that “worldly” wisdom you folks (Born again since 1993, Beard gang and co) are postulating, abeg, keep it to yourself please! God will honor anyone that decides to honor Him, no matter how “silly” the person’s actions seem to you. You keep your wisdom, and let the guy keep His Christ.

  21. JAY

    September 14, 2016 at 11:14 am

    propaganda. just like the guard who returned all those dollars. this has nothing to do with repentance o jare.

  22. Rwen

    September 14, 2016 at 4:11 pm

    He Is No Fool Who Gives What He Cannot Keep, To Gain That Which He Cannot Lose! – Jim Elliot

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