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Buhari:  Beyond the noise of WAEC Certificate

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Any African, who hates Nigeria, probably hates the entire black race.  We are very unique in multiple nuances.  In academics, various fields of specialties have the impressive footprints of Nigerians.

2023 is beyond Fashola — Chime

Major General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd),

In crimes, we have proved again and again that its sophistry is our exclusive reserve.  We have gone to bestial limits where we proudly delight in plotting mass murders of our own kith and kin, or extermination of whole communities for political gains. We no longer dread the sight of blood.

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We go paranoid in the worship of God; but demonstrate through words and actions,  the unbridgeable gulf about the basic tenets of religiosity.  Very richly endowed in politics, we experiment democracy in a manner that compels political scientists around the world into weekly researches to demystify our complex political mysteries.

Nigerians are world acclaimed masters of partisan politics.  But, we loath progressive   democratic traits and concepts,  such as development  or issue-based campaigns, innovative ideas, positive leadership character and integrity.  But we endlessly adore the negative concepts, with edifying slogans.

So, opponents are only good for application of negative partisan concepts like physical or character assassination, arm-twisting, thuggery, blackmail, political vendetta, mudslinging, sentimentalism, ethnicity, sectionalism, regionalism, religiosity, hate speeches and campaigns of calumny.

Incumbent President Muhammadu  Buhari  (PMB) is once again under the fire of opposition politicians,  partisan spin doctors, Mr. fixers  and their minions. Now, like in 2014, the heat against President Buhari  in 2018  is not on what else he would do for Nigerians,  if reelected in 2019. It is not about his WAEC certificate.  So, every Nigerian has become a WAEC or INEC officer.

And we have demonstrated enough of our  very poor grasp of the issue. While we are asking PMB for WAEC certificate he obtained in 1961 from Government College, Katsina. But the real nomenclature of the certificate is Cambridge West African School Certificate, (WASC).  He also earned it from Provincial Secondary School, Katsina; not Government College.

However, it is part of the deliberate confusion, we create to religiously exploit the system and extort money from our unconscionable pay masters. We insistently drum into their ears, how we have launched the “battles” against their rivals and such debasing blathers.

It’s all more interesting,  the progression of this ranting about  Buhari’s certificate. In 2003, when PMB vied against former President Olusegun Obasanjo (OBJ), Buhari’s   WASC  ( or is it WAEC) certificate was not a sentimental issue.  Same in 2007 and 2011.  In 2014 it became an issue because Buhari was contesting against a PDP incumbent President,  Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, who felt chillingly intimidated and threatened by Buhari’s presidential candidature.

Therefore, we exhumed it  and made a mountain out of a molehill. But it was Buhari’s saving grace.  Former President Goodluck Jonathan, had all the powers and authority in the world to expose Buhari’s  “faked”or non-possession of a  secondary school certificate, to shame and ridicule him out of the contest. But both open and secret investigations, failed to yield the fruitful results pleaded.

Some PDP hirelings and apologists went to court and challenged Buhari over his 1961  WASC qualification.  A legal practitioner, Nnamdi Nwokocha-Ahaaiwe  played the spoil master.   But as the case progressed in an  Abuja Division of the Federal High Court, presided over by  Justice Adeniyi Ademola, the plaintiff voluntarily withdrew the suit.   And it   was struck out for obvious reasons.

This action was initiated after the   Buhari’s alma mater, Government College, (formerly,    Provincial Secondary School), Katsina  officially  confirmed  that he indeed,  sat for WASC exams in 1961  and obtained a certificate. It was released with grades.

A Premium Times exclusive report,  dated January 21, 2015  explicitly states that the medium, “…obtained the computer printout from Cambridge University as well as a statement of result, signed by the current principal of Katsina College, dated January 21, 2015…The Cambridge print out also shows the result of 17 other candidates at the centre, including Shehu Yar’Adua, a former Chief of Staff, Supreme Headquarters.”

The antagonists’ could not go any further.  These are facts in public domain; trashed and conclusively confined to the dustbin of history more than four years ago.

But we are back at it again just to keep ourselves excitedly busy on the politicking plane, poking at hard facts,  we can never ever crack.   The failure of Buhari’s traducers to claim Mr. President has presented a forged certificate has spurred fresh anger, just to find something to hold against him.

They have wonderfully ignored the strength of submissions of Nigeria’s legal luminaries, affirming and reaffirming the qualification of PMB to vie for the office of President of Nigeria in 2019.

Provisions of the 1999 Constitution on who is qualified to vie for the office of President of Nigeria are contained in Section: 131 and the issue of academic or other  qualifications are  clearly defined in Section: 318 (1) of the same Constitution, which have not passed a verdict of  guilt on  Buhari.

It therefore, changed the narrative from legal requirements to morality.  I imagine who has vetoed PDP  from approaching WASC successor body in Nigeria, WAEC , to confirm the truth or falsehood of the  certificate?  There are a dozen emergency activists and artificial organizations’ they would have hired to execute the assignment. But they are hesitant. Why?  Is PDP not prepared to present incontrovertible evidence that PMB has no certificate?

These  critics know,  when the military junta of IBB ousted Buhari as  Nigeria’s military Head of State in 1984, he was dumped into detention for months,  by orders of the military government. His private residence was raided and personal documents, including certificates’ carted away by the military government.

The action was spurred by the zeal to find something incriminating against  Buhari. They found nothing,  but never returned  his  seized documents.

PDP and its acolytes are free to make all the noise on certificate. But PMB  has not applied to serve as  PDP’s  BoT  chairman or its President. He is seeking to continue leadership of Nigeria and Nigerians.  This propaganda has failed flatly like others before now.

Only PDP knows  PMB  is too old, frail  and weak with  health challenges to continue to lead Nigeria.

Those who chant PMB’s religious fanaticism and bigotry to indict his character and integrity are usually dumfounded when he pays a visit to the Anglican Arch-Bishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend and Right Honourable Justin Welby,   each time he is in United Kingdom (UK).

There are more Muslim Mayors in UK than you can find Emirs in Nigeria. But he visits none, preferring to hobnob with a Christian cleric, who is also his best of personal friends around the world.

As a Nigerian and like millions of others, we prefer  to  again,  vote for a leader of integrity, even if he flaunts  NEPA bill as certificate. Its better than mortgaging our destinies and future in the hands of known capitalist cum political ones, whose only occupation is feasting on national treasury. PDP!  May you know that in 2019, and in spite of your noises, we will still overwhelmingly vote for President Buhari.

By Josephine Odoh

Odoh writes from the United Kingdom

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