The Government College, Katsina (formerly Provincial Secondary School) on Wednesday released the credentials of the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate.
Controversy over Mr. Buhari’s result escalated on Tuesday after the Nigerian Army, which had earlier admitted to having copies of his certificate, reversed itself, saying it could not even attest to the details listed in his records. The spokesperson of the Army, Olajide Laleye, said:
“Neither the original copy, certified true copy (CTC) nor statement of result of Major-.Gen. Mohammadu Buhari‘s WASC result is in his personal file.”
Copies of the credentials from the college were made available to the media by the Director of Media and Publicity, APC Presidential Campaign Organisation, Garba Shehu, shortly after Buhari told journalists in Kano that he had formally requested the institution to make his documents available.
In that meeting, Buhari who repeatedly accused the ruling PDP of stirring the controversy to divert public attention from the critical issues of insecurity, corruption and economic woes, facing the nation said:
“I consented to this press conference because of the concern of my supporters and well-meaning Nigerians on the issue at stake, otherwise I will treat it for what it is: pure mischief. I wouldn’t have considered it an issue worth the nation’s while.
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,” he said. “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.
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 certificate 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) 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.
I attended Provincial Secondary School, Katsina. I graduated in 1961 with many prominent Nigerians, including Gen 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.”
Buhari has stated that he had lost the original copies of his certificate, so I wasn’t expecting to see an original document but an AUTHENTIC statement fro the school he attended and maybe the West African Examination board. This would have sufficed if they had kept the information on this new statement of result, as truthful as possible.
A few things doesn’t look quite right, which has rendered every other seeming authenticity on it to be null and void. I have highlighted ten of them which I shall point out and discuss…
1. There was no Katsina State in 1961. Katsina State was in fact created in 1987. One could argue that it is a statement of result given in the present to cover for a past result which was misplaced, but I’m coming to that.
2. There was no SSCE (Senior School Certificate Examination) in 1961. The SSCE otherwise known as the 6-3-3-4 System was introduced by former Head of State, Ibrahim Babangida and implemented in federal secondary schools in 1989 and state secondary schools in 1990.
3. If you look closely, you’ll indeed notice that this statement of result was designed for use after the 90s. The numbers ’20’ has been crossed out and the year 1961 dated in its place.
4. Buhari’s name is ‘Muhammadu Buhari’ AND NOT ‘Mohammed Buhari.’ This sin number 4 has rendered the whole document null, void and a big fraud. We all know this. In fact, I could stop here at number 4 without listing the rest sins and I’d have made my point. Even for a name variation such as this, we all know you may be required to swear an affidavit to confirm that ‘Mohammed’ and ‘Muhammadu’ are one and the same person. I remember I had to swear an affidavit on my GCE results because the computer misspelled one letter in my name! How much more a whole name variation. Even if Buhari’s first name is Charles and the certificate reads Charlie, it’s authenticity is questionable. I had earlier argued within me that yes, it’s possible to use a present day document to fill in a past result, but sin number 4 has made me to think twice if we are really looking at the General’s authentic result.
5. There was no Class Six in 1961. Secondary School ended in Form Five back then. This also got me thinking very hard if a serious case of forgery wasn’t going on here. Even if a modern document is being used to collate a past result, shouldn’t the information be recorded exactly how it pertained to that era? Is this the progress, transparency, and anti-corruption campaign, the APC is trying to sell to Nigerians? Are we going to be this gullible as to swallow this glaring fraud?
6. How realistic is it that Buhari who is of Hausa/Fulani stock, got a C5 in Hausa language but made an A1 in Igbo language?
7. Buhari was recruited into the Nigerian Army in 1962 as a combatant soldier. Was a pass in Mathematics not a prerequisite to qualify for entry?
8. The passport photograph on the statement of result is a recent photo of himself. Again, one may argue that it is a replacement of his lost results but these are also points that need more clarification. Is this supposed to be a certificate? What exactly is it meant to substitute?
9. The Examination Officer signed and stamped the document without a name, we could verify the authenticity of the document with.
10. Likewise, the Principal of the college. He signed and stamped but no name for verification. This discrepancy was also observed by PUNCH newspaper. In the confidential result sheet, Buhari’s name was the second among the 17 candidates that sat the Cambridge/ West African School Certificate Examination in 1961. But no signature or name of a Cambridge university official was sighted on the confidential result sheet. When the principal was contacted by telephone to ask why this was so, he replied:
“As far as we concerned, we only issued the General(Buhari) what we have here.”
When copies of a medical report claiming Buhari had prostrate cancer circulated recently, the documents were carefully analysed and dismissed as a big fraud. The APC even went as far as accusing the PDP as being the mastermind behind it. So what makes this statement of result any different?
Analysis: Peace Ben Williams Blog