Reports have cast doubt on the authenticity or otherwise of attestation of result the authority of the West African School Certificate presented to President Muhammadu Buhari.
Buhari has come under attack from major opposition party, Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, on accounts of his inability to submit his WAEC certificate to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as a presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, claiming his certificate is with his former employer, the military.
However, instead of dousing the controversy, WAEC’s presentation of the attestation of the president on Friday has sparked fresh attack with a report by Punch juxtaposing it with his result the Principal of Provincial Secondary School, Katsina, the school he finished from, released ahead of the 2015 election.
“According to the attestation of results, the President made C5 in English Language, P7 in English Literature, A3 in History, C6 in Geography, C5 in Hausa and C6 in Health Science, making a total of six subjects recorded.
“But, in the result released and signed by the then Principal of Provincial Secondary School, Katsina, dated January 21, 2015, the President took eight subjects, and he made F9 in both Mathematics and Woodwork,” the paper wrote.
PDP has equally hit out at the result saying a statement its National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Kola Ologbodiyan, made: “It is simply a political certificate. We have said that the Buhari presidency and his handlers are always fretting at the mention of a certificate. So, they want to mislead Nigerians to say that Mr. President has a school certificate.
“If Mr. President has a certificate, why did he not use it in 2015 election? Why is the certificate suddenly coming out few months to the election? And have you checked the photograph that was attached to the certificate? In 1961, was it the requirement of WAEC to have a passport attached to school certificate?
“Even in our own generation, was it a condition in WAEC that you must submit your passport to be attached to your certificate? They should come off it. It’s too low.”