Presidency Claims Nigerian Military Lost Buhari’s Certificates
The presidency has alleged that the Nigerian military had admitted losing President Muhammadu Buhari’s certificate.
In an interview with The Nation, the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the President, Mr. Femi Adesina, was quoted as saying the issue is dead and those still discussing it are “idle”.
“The military already said they lost the certificates. But does it mean that it did not exist that the president went to school, sat for examinations and passed; attended military courses and War College?.”
Buhari failed to provide his academic credentials to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) last Thursday as one of the requirements to contest elective positions in the country.
The president claimed that they are in the custody of the military.
“I am the above-named person and the deponent of this affidavit herein. All my academic qualification documents as filled in my Presidential form, APC/001/2015 are currently with the Secretary of the Military Board as of the time of this affidavit,” Buhari said in an affidavit submitted to INEC.
Adesina, however, said those raising the issue are the opposition parties whose defeat is “imminent” ahead of the 2019 elections.
“The certificate saga is a dead issue, only idle people will consider it,” he said, adding that “it is something that had been laid to rest before the 2015 general elections.”
“Those raising the issue (PDP and others) are idle and they have run out of ideas. They see defeat staring them in the face and they are desperate to cling to any straw. This issue was resolved before the 2015 election.
“It is a matter of fact that when President Buhari and others joined the military, they took their original certificates from them. The military knew where they kept the original certificates of the President.
“In fact, a former Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Alani Akinrinade corroborated that the military collected the original certificates of all its officers. The PDP believes it is going to lose the elections, and they will lose, and it is raising dust over a dead issue.
“The military already said they lost the certificates. But does it mean that it did not exist that the President went to school, sat for examinations and passed; attended military courses and War College.
“It does not change the fact that the President rose through the ranks to become a Major-General in the Nigerian Army and a Military Head of State.
“Didn’t those opposed to President Buhari go to court over his certificate and lost before? They will still lose this time around. It is a dead issue.”