*My school will soon provide the school copy of the certificate
Former military head of state and presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, General Muhammadu Buhari, has now being forced to speak out on the matter of his school certificates.
He said he has asked his secondary school, the Provincial Secondary School, Katsina, now known as Government College, Katsina, to make available the school’s copy of the result of the Cambridge/West African School Certificate.
He said he took and passed the exams in 1961 along with prominent Nigerians who were his school mates like General Shehu Yar’Adua, former Chief of Staff at the Supreme Headquarters, and Justice Umaru Abdullahi, a former President of the Court of Appeal.
From merely saying he contested elections in 2003, 2007 and 2011 and was cleared by INEC to contest, Buhari now knows he has come out and address the issue of the certificates.
Speaking at a press conference in Kano on Wednesday, he described the controversies surrounding his academic qualifications as unnecessary.
But he said he attended Government College in Katsina and that he had approached the school to make available the school copy of the cerificate.
He listed late General Shehu Musa Yar’Adua and retired Justice of the Court of Appeal and President of the court, Justice Umaru Abdullahi, as his classmates.
He said the institution would publish his academic records in national newspapers soon.
Only on Tuesday, the army said it does not have the certificates of the former head of state, though it admitted Buhari took the school leaving certificate exam in 1961.
Below is Full Text of General Buhari’s Press Conference:
“I only consented to address you this morning because of the genuine concern expressed by many supporters and other well-meaning Nigerians that the issue be addressed. Otherwise, I would have dismissed it for what it is – sheer mischief- and would not have considered it an issue worth the nation’s while.
I had assumed all along that all my records were in the custody of the Military Secretary of the Nigerian Army. Much to my surprise, we are now told that although a record of the result is available, there are no copies of the certificates in my personal file. This is why I formally requested my old school the Provincial Secondary School, Katsina (which is now known as Government College, Katsina) to make available the school’s copy of the result of the Cambridge/West African School Certificate. This will be made available to the press the moment this is available.
However, before we obtain that, let me say for the record that I attended Provincial Secondary School, Katsina. I graduated in 1961 with many prominent Nigerians, including General Shehu Yar’Adua, former Chief of Staff at the Supreme Headquarters, and Justice Umaru Abdullahi, a former President of the Court of Appeal. We sat for the University of Cambridge/WASC Examination together in 1961, the year we graduated. My examination number was 8280002, and I passed the examination in the Second Division.
And although the ruling party may want to wish this away, the issue in this campaign cannot be my certificate which I obtained 53 years ago. The issues are the scandalous level of unemployment of millions of our young people, the state of insecurity, the pervasive official corruption which has impoverished our people and the lack of concern of the government for anything other than the retention of power at all costs.
Thank you very much.”