Former President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, has indicted some lecturers for rigging elections for politicians.
Jonathan, who spoke at the convocation ceremony of Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu, also lamented that some of the nation’s universities had become breeding grounds for cultism which constitute a major obstacle to national development, civilization and social transformation.
He said: “Over time, the place of the academia in our democratic process has become more pronounced, with more members taking the centre stage in election administration in the country. In recent times, successive chairmen of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, have come from the ivory tower.
“The involvement of the academia in our electoral process is premised on the assumption that academics are people of proven integrity who cannot be compromised. Many of them have actually been at the forefront of the campaign for transparency in elections and sustainability of democracy on the continent.
“The involvement of the academia in the management of elections is, therefore, a good idea. However, our scholars should know that they bear the responsibility of justifying the trust placed on them by other members of the society in the management of elections.
“Any member of the academia who compromises what he stands for, by getting involved in the manipulation of elections, betrays that trust.