How do you know when your university has become an international punchline?  When its star “scholar” is plagiarizing work from International Healing Foundation crackpot sciencenigeriaRichard Cohen.

Truth Wins Out reveals today that University of Lagos student, Chibuihem Amalaha, may have engaged in academic fraud when he allegedly used two magnets to supposedly prove marriage equality is wrong. According to the Huffington Post:

Chibuihem Amalaha, who has won awards in his country for reporting on energy science and featured on various national television stations, says he used a magnet experiment to prove homosexuality is “improper”.  Amalaha says his “groundbreaking” experiments show the north and south poles of two magnets are attracted to each other while same poles repel each other. He concludes this “means that man cannot attract another man because they are the same, and a woman should not attract a woman because they are the same. That is how I used physics to prove gay marriage wrong”. Amalaha’s “research” has been commended by the University of Lagos, where he is a postgraduate student, and has been told by lecturers he will “win a Nobel prize one day”.

Aside from basic foolishness, Amalaha’s idea isn’t even original. Watch IHF’s Richard Cohen demonstrate the same bizarre idea with magnets in a 2009 documentary, Chasing the Devil (at the 1:04 mark).

University of Lagos should immediately expel Amalaha for academic fraud. It should also strongly consider closing its doors, for the university  has lost all respectability and credibility. If this is what University of Lagos is teaching students, the degree is essentially worthless.

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