The Oasis Reporters
August 13, 2019
Nigeria’s cyber space had been awash with the seemingly sweet scenting news of a certain Dr. Yakubu Nura who had allegedly won a “World Physics Competition”. This piece of news was said to have been gleefully recycled by apparently pleasantly surprised former Senator, Shehu Sani and Nigerian born international television journalist, Kadaria Ahmed who had the privilege of anchoring the interview with Nigeria’s Presidential candidates in the elections concluded in March.
Well, the news traveled far, like the northern bush fire in the harmattan, until a tweet from New Media Professor from Kennesaw State University, Atlanta Georgia in the US, Farooq Kperogi burst the bubble with no response or whimper till now, from the said University of Maiduguri don, in Nigeria’s Islamist insurgency wrecked North East.
The no nonsense Farooq Kperogi tweeted @farooqkperogi that “Dr. Yakubu Nura Did NOT Win Any “World Physics Competition”!
He went on to write:
“The Nigerian cyber space is being lit up with the news that a certain Dr. Yakubu Nuru of the University of Maiduguri has won “the World Physics Competition by defeating about 5720 contenders from 97 countries.”
Nothing “suggests that he is anywhere close to the pinnacle of his career. In fact, most of his articles are published in dodgy, predatory journals that publish ANYTHING submitted to them for a fee. The saddest thing about this fraud, for me, is that news organizations like the NTA,
Voice of Nigeria, Sahara Reporters, and even well-known people like @ShehuSani and @KadariaAhmed fell for it. It’s an easily detectable scam, in my opinion. Nigerians have to be the world’s greatest suckers for cheap scams!”
This “feat” reputedly earned him the distinction of becoming “the father of modern Einstein’s planetary equation studies in Physics.” The truth is that Dr. Nura is the willing victim of a scam, a kind of scam I call scams of ego, which prey on the status anxieties and low self-esteem of insecure, fraud-prone people.
World Championship, the “organization” that conferred the “award” on Dr. Nura, is a well-known scam operation that does not, for strategically fraudulent reasons, have a site with its own domain name. It uses a free (link: http://sites.google.com) sites.google.com account to perpetrate its scams. Anyone who pays a fee can get any—I mean ANY—award from the site. Check the site (link: https://sites.google.com/site/worldchampionshipwinners/physics-world-cup-from-physicists-world-championship) sites.google.com/site/worldcham… to see the list of “award winners” it features in every imaginable field. You will find many Nigerians there.
Some past Nigerian “winners” even managed to scam the ever credulous Nigerian news media into publicizing their “feat.” For instance, one Dr. Kaywood Leizou of the Niger Delta University (NDU) got the Guardian to write a story about his “award” from this same fraudulent site on October 19, 2018.
Titled “Bayelsa don wins global chemical sciences contest,” the report said, “The Bayelsa-born don beat 5,845 others from 89 countries whose nominations were screened for this year’s edition. Consequently, the International Agency for Standards and Ratings (IASR) has recognised Leizou as one the world’s 500 most influential experts on earth in chemical sciences for the year.” (Read the story here: (link: https://guardian.ng/news/bayelsa-don-wins-global-chemical-sciences-contest/) guardian.ng/news/bayelsa-d…).
In 2018, the same website “conferred” one Dr. Shuaib Idris Mohammed of Edo State with the “World Championship in Agricultural Extension (Credit Facilities)” award “out of 91 countries.” The site added: “Dr. Shuaib Idris Mohammed is now recognized as Father of modern Credit Facilities in Agricultural Extension. The purpose of the award is to identify brilliant scientists and academicians
around the world through World Championship. The World Championship is organized by International Agency for Standards and Ratings at international level.” (Read about him here: (link: https://sites.google.com/site/worldchampionshipwinners/world-championship-2018-in-agricultural-extension-credit-facilities) sites.google.com/site/worldcham…). Sounds familiar ?
That’s the exact language used for Dr. Nura. The same suspiciously atrocious grammar. The “contenders” for the “awards” are always in the thousands—and from more than 90 countries in the world. But nothing in Nura’s scholarly record—and those of others who have been made “fathers” of whole disciplinary specialties by the fraudulent website” have developed or exhibited any iota of the distinction they are being portrayed to hold.
Why would some of these dons quickly rush abroad for such citations when Nigerians fail to see the practicality of any outstanding inventions made by them that has been of benefit to the citizenry ?
With this burst bubble so far, Nigerian academics on that path for dubious citations would likely beat a retreat rather than proceed and be disgraced by intrepid investigators they never bargained for.
However, Dr. Yakubu Nura’s name was seen in ‘American Journal of Modern Physics / Article’,
The General Equation of Motion in a Gravitational Field Based Upon the Golden Metric Tensor,
American Journal of Modern Physics
Volume 6, Issue 6, November 2017, Pages: 127-131, Published: Sep. 22, 2017
And the Authors were:
Nura Yakubu, Department of Physics, University of Maiduguri, Maiduguri, Nigeria
Samuel Xede Kofi Howusu, Theoretical Physics Program, National Mathematics Centre Abuja, Abuja, Nigeria
Nuhu Ibrahim, Department of Physics, Government Science & Technical College Nguru, Nguru, Nigeria
Ado Musa, Department of Physics, Aminu Saleh College of Education Azare Bauchi, Bauchi, Nigeria
Abbas Babakura, Department of Physics, University of Maiduguri, Maiduguri, Nigeria
In this paper, we used Howusu’s planetary equation. The general equation of motion is derived for particle of non-zero rest mass in a gravitational field based upon Riemannian geometry and the golden metric tensor which is thereby opens the way for further studies or to pave the way for applications such as planetary theory.
Mustapha Shettima, @mustaphagarbai tweeted that “He was my teacher at the University and I’ve always known him to be an average teacher.
Just as Silenceisntalwaysgolden
@irayanshak equally doubted the story when he saw it, not sure if he even liked it, talk more of retweeting but concludes thus,
“He taught me physics in year 1 at Unimaid, so strongly doubted if he can achieve that feat and more so that Nigerian media misrepresents facts sometimes concerning such issues”