I have been informed by a senior figure at the University of Lagos (Prof. L.O. Oyekunle) that the work of Mr S. Amalaha is not sanctioned or supported by the university. They have published a statement condemning the work and pointing out that it is not related to his course of study.
I hold the view that some persons on the internet have been unfair towards the University of Lagos, the questionable “work” on magnets appears to have been done independently of his studies in chem eng. Maybe the “magnet genius” is misusing his association with the university to propagate his crack pot ideas.
I will be writing something shortly about the limits of academic freedom and freedom of thought in the near future but for the mean time here is the statement from the University of Lagos. I have to say that while I generally support the freedom to hold and express ideas different to my own, in this case I hold the view that Mr S. Amalaha has crossed a line into hate speech. We should commend the University of Lagos for their firm statement which I am now reproducing below.
DISCLAIMER OF THE PUBLICATION OF MR. STANLEY AMALAHA – Part Time Postgraduate Diploma Student of Chemical Engineering
Our attention has been drawn to a publication containing research purportedly written by one of the Part Time Postgraduate Diploma Students in the Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Lagos – Stanley Amalaha, titled “Science of Gay Marriage” in THISDAY Newspapers of 5th September, 2013 and on several blogs on the Internet.
The University of Lagos writes to dissociate itself in its entirety from the actions, publications and research of this individual. We further state, for the avoidance of doubt, that his publication has nothing to do with his programme and has no relationship to his studentship of the University. Indeed our postgraduate diploma students ordinarily only take conversion courses to improve their capability for the chosen specialization and do not undertake research. The case of the writer who has a background in Education (Chemistry) is not different.
Although the University is a market place of different views and ideas, its platform should not be used for the propagation of ill-conceived, unsubstantiated and ill-digested opinions that have no basis in rigorous empirical research. The University of Lagos, which stands for excellence in teaching and research, cannot and should not be associated with such puerile and pseudo-scientific postulations.
The University reaffirms its mission, which is to be a top-class institution for the pursuit of excellence in knowledge through learning and research as well as in character and service to humanity.