Buhari, just show them the certificate

Mr. Nnamdi Nwokocha Ahaiwe challenged Muhammadu Buhari’s eligibility to contest the 2015 presidential election on the ground that he does not have a School Certificate.

According to the Nigerian constitution, the most basic requirement to contest for a presidential election is a WAEC certificate or it’s equivalent.

Section 318(1) of the 1999 constitution, stipulates that “School Certificate means (a) a Secondary School Certificate or its equivalent, or Grade II Teacher’s Certificate, the City and Guilds Certificate; Or (b) education up to Secondary School Certificate level;

Or (c) Primary Six School Leaving Certificate or its equivalent and (i) service in the public or private sector in the Federation in any capacity acceptable to the Independent National Electoral Commission for a minimum of 10 years,

(ii) Attendance at courses and training in such institutions as may be acceptable to the Independent National Electoral Commission for periods totaling up to a minimum of one year, and

(iii) The ability to read, write, understand and communicate in the English Language to the satisfaction of the Independent National Electoral Commission, and (d) any other qualification acceptable by the Independent National Electoral Commission”.

Buhari (Exam No. 8280002, Provincial Secondary School, Katsina) passed in the Second Division with 5 credits.

This evidence is contained in a letter (AHQ MS/GI/300/249) dated 19th January, 2015 from Major General II Abbah (for the Chief of Army Staff) of the Department of Military Secretary of the Nigerian Army, Mambilla Barracks, Asokoro, Abuja, to the office of General Muhammadu Buhari entitled, “Forwarding of Academic Credentials (Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, N/308) Retired”.

The challenge is this, President Buhari presented a Secondary School Certificate. If he opted for options b or c, we wouldn’t be here.

He has hired 13 Senior Advocates of Nigeria, SANs, to defend him in the certificate saga. Th question is, why can’t he just give them the certificate?

Nigerians have reacted to the certificate saga. See tweets below:

This is how to show ur certificate not with15 SANs,Buhari show ur certificate now #PMBShowUsUrCertificate pic.twitter.com/8hned9Ekya

— Collins Okafor (@news360ng) June 15, 2016