Regarding this as "laughable and mischievous", the NMA president, Dr. Kayode Obembe
also condemned what he
called "an open inciting nature and unveiled hatred leveled against the eminently qualified Nigerians whose eligibility to equally aspire to lead the universities, has been proved beyond all reasonable doubt."
Giving reasons why medical doctors are suitably qualified, he
said that after medical school, doctors get fellowships rather than master's and PhD-all qualifications NMA says outweigh PhDs in content and context.
also pointed to open differences-doctors must meet higher cut-off scores to get university admissions, a longer period of academic study, international common entrance to get into a medical fellowship compared with PhDs, and the six years it takes to complete a fellowship unlike an average three years for a PhD.
It also points to Nigerian Universities Commission's recommendation that a fellowship or its equivalent from the National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria
is a suitable alternative to PhDs in relation to appointment of vice chancellors.
also reiterated that Vice Chancellors with medical background have "demonstrated impeccable and track record efficiency, capability and meritorious achievements in university governance in the country".