yesterday, Nigerians woke up to the news that President Buhari had failed to produce his WAEC certificate for verification when INEC requested all candidates to submit their credentials, sparking reactions, especially from critics of the government.
He had said the Nigerian Army was in custody of them but alas, there is a total 360 degrees on the matter. The Nigerian Army have disappointed the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces, saying they don’t have the said documents.
There is a video currently making the rounds which was recorded January 20th, 2015, about the same time the president was running for his current office. At the time when he had been told to submit his documents for verification, he had said the exact same thing, also alluding his inability to submit them on the Nigerian Army. The Nigerian Army had denied having the academic credentials of the then Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, now the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
The then APC presidential hopeful, Major General Buhari in 2015 had affirmed in a sworn statement he ousted under the steady gaze of an Abuja High Court that every one of his declarations were with the Secretary, Military Board, while presenting his Form 199A to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC. Be that as it may, the Army prevented being under lock and key from claiming the then APC competitor’s unique endorsements or the ensured genuine duplicates.
The then friendly Director of Army Public Relations, Brigadier-General Olajide Laleye, who tended to newsmen in Abuja, said: “The Nigerian Army does not have the original copy of his (Buhari) West African Examinations Council, WAEC result or a certified true copy.”
The then armed force representative told newsmen that what the armed force had and which he showed were the data contained in the structures Buhari filled at the purpose of his entrance into the military and a few letters of proposal by Principal of Provincial Secondary School, Katsina. Olajide said:
My “Records available indicate that Major General Muhammadu Buhari applied to join the military as a Form Six student of the Provincial Secondary School, Katsina on October 18, 1961. His application was duly endorsed by the Principal of the school, who also wrote a report on him and recommended him suitable for military commission.”
The report which was shown to newsmen, read:
“I recommend Muhammadu Buhari fit for military commission.” On Buhari’s result, the Principal also wrote, “I consider that he will pass Maths, English and three other subjects.”
Laleye said the briefing was necessitated by deluge of requests from civil society groups and the media among others, over General Buhari’s eligibility for any political office.
He said: “It is a practice in the Nigerian Army that before candidates are short-listed for commissioning into the officers’ cadre of the service, the selection board verifies the original copies of credentials that are presented. However, there is no available record to show that this process was followed in the 60s. Nevertheless, the entry made on the Nigerian Army Form 199A at the point of documentation after commission as an officer indicated that the former head of state obtained the West African School Certificate, WASC, in 1961 with credits in relevant subjects: English Language, Geography, History, Health Science, Hausa and a pass in English Literature. Neither the original copy, Certified True Copy, CTC, nor statement of result of Major General Muhammadu Buhari’s WASC result is in his personal file. What I have said here is what is contained in his service records’ personal file. We have not added or subtracted anything.”
The video where the army denied being in possession of Buhari’s certificates is as found below: