THE All Progressive Congress (APC) candidate in February, 14 presidential election, General Muhammadu Buhari, has reacted to controversy trailing his purported West African School Certificate (WASC), saying he has the required minimum qualification of a secondary school education.
“I formerly requested my old school, the Provincial Secondary School, Katsina, which is now known as Government College, Katsina, to make available the school copy of the result of the Cambridge/West African School Certificate Examination. This will be made available to the Press the moment this is available,’ General Buhari said during a press conference in Kano, on Wednesday.
While addressing the press, General Buhari said he would only read his statement and advised the press to do their best.
His words: “I will only read the statement and I will encourage you and advise you to do what you know best. I consented to address you this morning because of the general concern of many of my supporters and well-meaning Nigerians who said that the issue should be addressed.”
He, however, added that, “otherwise, I would have dismissed it for what it is, a sheer mischief, and would not have considered it an issue that there are no copies of the certificate in my personal file.”
“I assumed all along, all my records were in the custody of the military, secretary of the Nigerian Army, a position I have been privileged to occupy as well; much to my surprise, we are now told that although, a record of the result is available,” General Buhari said.
General Buhari said to put the record straight, he attended Provincial Secondary School, Kaduna.
“I graduated in 1961, with many prominent Nigerians, including Shehu Musa Yar’Adua, former Chief of Staff in the Supreme Headquarters; and Justice Umar Abdullahi, former President of the Court of Appeal.
“We sat for the University of Cambridge/WASCE examination together in 1961, the year we graduated. My examination number was 8200002 and I passed the examination in the Second Division.”
“However, although the ruling party may want to wish this away, the issue in this campaign may not be my certificate which I obtained 52 years ago,” General Buhari said.
According to him, the issues are the scandalous level of unemployment of millions of our people, the state of the insecurity, the pervasive official corruption which has improvised our people and the lack of concern of the government to do anything order than deification of power with all cost.”