The Presidency has reacted to flak that trailed President Muhammadu Buhari’s failure to submit his educational certificate to the Independent Electoral Commission, INEC.
Buhari, the presidential candidate of the ruling All Progressive Congress, APC, had submitted an affidavit to the electoral wherein he claimed his certificate is with the Nigerian Army where he retired from as a Major General.
The President’s failure has been greeted by criticism from the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
The Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to Buhari, Mr. Femi Adesina, in an interview with The Nation hit back at PDP while defending his principal.
“The certificate saga is a dead issue, only idle people will consider it,” the “It is something that had been laid to rest before the 2015 general elections,” he added.
“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,” Adesina told the paper.