Newly appointed Federal Inland Revenue Service, FIRS boss Babatunde Fowler is enmeshed in fake certificate scandal as reports emerged that the honourary doctorate degree he holds, was from an institution, Irish International University, that was exposed by the BBC in 2008 as offering bogus and useless honourary degrees.
A Nigerian in the US, Professor Farooq Kperogi(pictured right) broke the fake certificate scandal on his facebook handle hours after President Muhammadu Buhari appointed the former Lagos State Inland Revenue Service, LIRS boss, as the new head of FIRS on Thursday.
The Assistant Professor of Journalism and Citizen Media at Kennesaw State University wrote, “After months of delays, ostensibly to properly vet his appointees, President Buhari just appointed somebody that may turn out to be a total fraud. He appointed a certain “Dr.” William Babatunde Fowler as the Executive Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS). In a news release signed by Femi Adesina, this red flag appears on the man’s qualifications: “Fowler, who holds an Honorary Doctorate Degree [sic] of the Irish International University, is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria and the Business Management Association of the United Kingdom.” Well, Irish International University is a fraudulent, non-existent university (see ”
Prof. Kperogi’s post generated responses and may have gotten the attention of the new FIRS boss who swiftly amended his details on LIRS website, a move the professor, a popular newspaper columnist with Daily Trust kept his friends on facebook abreast of.
He wrote, “In less than 10 hours after my initial post, William Babatunde Fowler has edited his profile on the Lagos State Internal Revenue Service website. He has deleted reference to his honorary doctorate from Irish International University and no longer prefixes “Dr.” to his name (see . Good for him! But there is the small matter of presidential spokesman Femi Adesina referring to him in a widely distributed news release as having been awarded an honorary doctorate by the Irish International University, apparently based on the resume he submitted to the president. How does he edit or delete that? Well, I am glad he at least realizes that it is morally
indefensible to flaunt a fake degree from a fake university. That’s some progress–I think.”
Professor Kperogi’s revelation raised doubts about the authenticity of the first and second degree certificates obtained in the US from University of Wisconsin, and California State University by Babatunde Fowler as they may be a fake certificate scandal waiting to be exposed.