Buhari’s Qualification: Jonathan rejects APC candidate’s explanation, demands certificate

Femi Fani-Kayode

President Goodluck Jonathan has rejected explanations by the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, over concerns about his qualification.

The PDP accuses Mr. Buhari of not having requisite secondary school certificate or its equivalent to bid for president.

Speaking to journalists on Sunday, Mr. Buhari expressed surprise at the growing concern by the Mr. Jonathan’s Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, on the matter, saying he was qualified the three times he contested to be president.

“I have contested three times under the same rules set by INEC (Independent National Electoral Commission) where there is a basic educational qualification you must have.” The former military ruler was quoted by Punch newspaper as saying.

“I was allowed to contest all these elections because my certificate was in order and there were individuals that wrote to the United States War College and the college answered them and they were published in the newspapers.”

He continued: “So, I really don’t understand this desperation or misinformation that is being passed around. They will do nobody any good because our minds are being taken away from the serious issues of corruption and incompetence by the PDP.”

But in statement by his campaign group Monday, Mr. Jonathan said that Mr. Buhari was allowed thrice to contest elections does not imply he was qualified.

Read the statement signed by Femi Fani-Kayode, head of Media of Mr. Jonathan’s campaign organization.

It is disingenuous for Buhari to say that he contested previous elections and that the issue of his qualifications did not arise. Had INEC not complied with the Electoral Act this year, which requires that they paste the academic credentials of all the Presidential candidates, Nigerians would have remained ignorant of the fact that Buhari has probably been submitting affidavits for the past elections.

The fact that he got away with it in 2003, 2007 and 2011 does not make it right. The minimum that Nigerians require from Buhari is the presentation of his secondary school certificate which enabled him to gain admission into the Nigerian Military College in 1962 and on which basis he became a commissioned officer of the Nigerian Army.

This forms the fulcrum for the subsequent courses that he attended as he rose in the Army, including the U.S. War College. Failure to produce that school certificate implies that Buhari’s entire career in the Army was based on falsehood which cannot stand. This brings to question the admission system/policy into the Army in the early 1960s.

Were the rules bent for certain individuals in fulfilment of the quota system? Anyone that reads General Alabi Isama’s book which was published last year will know that this was the case. In fact, Alabi Isama went as far as to allege that some Nigerians were admitted into the military academy without the necessary qualifications like school certificate.

We believe that Buhari was one of those people and this is why he is unable to produce his certificate. The truth is that he was never qualified for entry into the Military Academy in the first place and consequently he should never have become a commissioned officer let alone a man that rose to the rank of General. At best he ought to have remained a non-commissioned officer.

As long as he cannot produce that secondary school certificate, we believe that he is not qualified to run for the Presidency of Nigeria. This is a matter of law and not sentiment. Buhari, just like any other Nigerian, must be compelled to abide by the law and he must prove his eligibility for the Presidential election by simply producing his secondary school certificate.


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  • Preco01

    Otueke Phd, what has it fetched Nigeria other than clulessness, callousness and corruption. Come this FEBUHARI change will land in Nigeria

  • TrueNja

    It is shameful someone on corrupt and money laundering charges is now president Jonathan’s campaign director. Fellow Nigerians, this clueless president does not have appetite to end corruption, let’s vote him out on Feb. 14. If you rogues are not satisfied, go to court.

    • George

      What of Tinubu godfather to Buhari

      • tundemash

        Whether Tinubu or Fani or anyone else …. why aren’t they prosecuted is the question ?

  • adekenny

    Arm robber,bigot, fayode, between you and Buhari,who is more qualified? All these desperate political propaganda cannot deceive us any more! No matter how you twist your dirty mouth! Nigeria is tired of pdp period!are you more enlighten than INEC officials? If you believe in yourself go to court and lay your complain! As far as INEC is concerned, Buhari is qualified!!! A general is always a general who is more respected all over the world!!

    • tbt

      Nigeria is too big for an illiterate man to rule, beside constitution has to be followed.

      • tundemash

        does that consitution forbid PDP from going to court ?

        • tbt

          Lets watch?

          • tundemash

            That’s a better post than what you posted before. Two things though;.

            1. Make sure Dumbo does not dodge the Presidential debate this time around. We won’t accept him debating Dbanj instead of his opponents like he did in 2011.
            2. Make sure you are back here on FeBuhari 15th.

      • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

        Too late.

        Aso Rock is already occupied by educated illiterates.

    • maco

      A GENERAL WITHOUT STANDARD 6 SCHOOL CERTIFICATE ,WORUWURU ALL THE WAY HA HA HA.

      • adekenny

        Pdp has lost focus! Because pdp has failed nigeria! No amount of their blackmail will deceive us again! A military man to become a major general is not an easy task!! You cannot just jump from recruit to become the general without passing through training,!and no training without strategy, plan etc..!

        • growthengine

          That was by the gun not by WASC, we don’t want ruler by bullet again.

  • Dele

    Go to court. Olosi. Give him a chicken leg and he sings like a parrot. Onijekuje

    • T Focker

      Bros won so pe olodo ni general yin

      • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

        L’ati enu omo oni gbana!

  • Okey

    Gbam !

  • tundemash

    I blame in-coming President for responding to the Fani lunatic …

    Has Fani presented any doc that certified him as drug-free and sane ?
    Has Dumbo presented any doc that certify him as free from chronic alcohol influence ?

    Why isn’t PDP willing to test their rule of law mantra by going to court ?

    They can “continuu” to waste their time while FeBuhari 14th approaches; WE DON’T GIVE A DAMN – GEJ STYLE !!

  • Etebele

    Let’s stop being sentimental. The constitution and the electoral Act prescribe a minimum of secondary school education as prerequisite for a presidential candidate. I do not see what is so difficult for Gen, Buhari to prove to Nigerians this evidence. If the original copy is missing there are many ways to prove such a claim. Buhari is a respected elder statesman and he should be seen as one.

    • tundemash

      You said “f the original copy is missing there are many ways to prove such a claim.”

      And one of those ways by affidavit which has been done. INEC has told anyone not satisfied to go to court so why is PDP so reluctant to practise the rule of law mantra they preach.? No law states a candidate must show his credentials to his opponents Why is it so difficult for PDP to approach the law court ?
      As Victor Ikpeba said; even of Buhari presents NEPA receipt, we shall stand on FeBuhari 14th; it is that bad for the Otuoke cl0wn ! Asie the dwindling economy, Cameroon army just freed 24 hostages from Boko Haram while the cl0wn-in-chief has balmed everyone else for the past 6yrs !

      • maco

        No standard 6 certificate .

        • tundemash

          LAMENTATIONS OF A SORE LOSER!

          Go to court or does the court scare you ?

      • Okey

        Affidavit not perjury.

        In INEC form he filled “WASC” as his academic qualification, then attached “affidavit” to say his credentials are with the Army. He did not even claim they are missing.

        Army replied, No, Sir, you have your originals. We only keep military records not academic credentials. In any event, which of the records do you need its copy, indicate and come forward for it.” Till this hour our man has not indicated a willingness for any copy. Perjury is not and can never stand for an Affidavit.

  • George Ager.A

    If PDP belives GMB does not have school cert.they should simply go to court. Screaming that he must produce it will not help their campaign or popularity.

    • maco

      Why, George your master has no standard 6 certificate to start with and what is the name of his school or his school has no name, dear God help us we are not finish.

      • George Ager.A

        Do your research to find out where he schooled and stop being intellectaully lazy. You should research evey information provided to you before you form an opinion.

    • Okey

      The whole circumstance bespeaks filth. Immediately this issue came to the open, the chairman of the judiciary staff union, a Hausa/Fulani, quickly declared a national strike action. His reason ? Not for salaries or allowances as they among the highest paid in the country, but for “independence of the judiciary.”

  • Ekerete Etukudo

    Yawaa don burst! Hehehehehehe!!!!!!! Ordinary WAEC, buhari no fit produce. Na waah for WAEC oohhh! LOL!!!

    • Adams

      You guys need to take a cue from Wahala. Focus on substance …not frivolities.

      • Ekerete Etukudo

        so you’ll subvert INEC and elect a non-graduate to the office of the president? How refreshing to know what your concept of “CHANGE” really is.

        • T Focker

          Not just subvert INEC, they want to flout the constitution because of their undying love for the people’s general. Such a bunch of imbeciles

  • Rose Grants

    Madman President Jonathan and his clueless Presidential campaign team again.

  • Investigator

    MUHAMMADU BUHARI DID NOT OBTAIN WASC OR GCE CERTIFICATE

    Nigeria cannot afford a Primary five (5) educated President and expect to progress.
    Military training is not an academic program or is 10-month WAR COLLEGE equivalent
    to a 5-year West African School Certificate (WAEC) academic program by any standard.

    Buhari with his own hand wrote on the INEC Form that he obtained WASC (see below).
    He did not say he has either the equivalent or write WAR COLLEGE as an equivalent.
    Whereas, Buhari did not complete secondary school or obtain any WASC certificate.

    • Alima

      Swearing falsely on oath is corruption. It is in fact the worst form of corruption.

      And so, for that reason…….

    • shokoloko

      My God, see O! Buhari wrote WASC with his own hand?
      And he knows that he didn’t complete secondary school.
      I beg, lawyer people, is this not what you call perjury?
      I no book O!

      • No Comment

        • A person shall not be qualified for election to the office of President if he has
        presented a forged certificate to the Independent National Electoral Commission.

        ……SECTION 137 (1) 1999 CONSTITUTION

      • Ranti

        @ Shokoloko:

        I think it was an evil spirit sent by Goodluck Jonathan that made Buhari to write WASC.

        • Agbim

          Shut up and stop looking for excuses. Which evil spirit are you talking of?
          Lies have no other name but lies. Which evil spirit caused Buhari to lie?
          Muhammadu Buhari with his own hand wrote WASC all by himself.
          What has Jonathan got to do with that one? Buhari has lied in writing.

    • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

      Interesting attachment.

      I noticed PDP’s Jonothing was cut off from the list. Is that in anticipation of Nigerian voters cutting him off too?

      Or is it to hide something else?

  • lexco20

    It is too late to ask for certificate for us too be asking for certificate now, otherwise let them go to court. After GMB is elected next month, we will now see that good governance is not by PhD or Dr. instead of the PDP to lie to Nigerian again of their next doom for @ja, they dey focus on another man’s business- certificate n health.

    • Big Bros

      General Buhari’s presidential bid is inter-connected with Islamic State of Nigeria.
      It has nothing to do with academic certificates or any grand intellectual reformation.
      A little child in any other part of Nigeria knows there’s an on-going Islamic Jihad.

      The only group of people who do NOT know this simple fact in Nigeria
      are the Yoruba Christians in the South-West having the highest number
      of professors, doctorates and university graduates, but who will rather
      throng, en masse, behind an Islamic party – APC.
      How my people perish for lack of knowledge!

      • Al Jihadi

        “Sharia should be introduced in full across Nigeria. I will continue to show openly
        and inside me the total commitment to the Sharia movement that is sweeping
        all over Nigeria. God willing, we will NOT stop the agitation for the total implementation
        of the Sharia in the country. It is a legal responsibility which God has given us,
        within the context of one Nigeria, to continue to uphold the practice of Sharia
        wholeheartedly. What remains for Muslims in Nigeria is for them to
        re-double their efforts and educate Muslims on the need to promote
        the full implementation of Sharia law.”

        …….General Muhammadu Buhari

        (August 27, 2001)

      • Mr Dee

        You obviously lack knowledge

  • Gbolly

    WHY MUHAMMADU BUHARI IS IN SOUP

    Buhari is in soup. What is he going to say now to a court of law on perjury?
    He has already sworn on oath that his credentials are with the Army Board.
    The Army has refuted that by saying it NEVER keeps original certificates.
    Which new excuse can Buhari tender to court on vigorous cross-examination?

    John Oyegun has even almost spoilt the case by saying General Babangida
    sent troops to Buhari’s house in 1984 or thereabouts and that those troops
    destroyed Buhari’s certificates in the process of vandalism.

    But where are Buhari’s testimonials of school attendance in lieu?
    Did General Babangida’s soldiers destroy those ones too? Haba!
    These are very childish lies, i beg! Even Tunji Abayomi spun his
    own yarn the other day.

    Tunji Abayomi said Buhari should be compared to a very brilliant student
    who always came first in class but just a day to his WASC examinations,
    the brilliant student went and raped the daughter of the English teacher.
    Well, well, well, after this salacious rape narrative told by Tunji Abayomi,
    the public has reacted with much more revulsion to Muhammadu Buhari.

  • Olu from South Africa

    This needs to be echoed.‘’I said with all sense of responsibility that the blood of innocent souls that have been killed is hunting this government and no man in his right senses will be part of a government under which this scale of atrocities is being perpetrated; as such, I parted ways with them.’’ He further said, ‘’I don’t think the war against Boko Haram by this government is sincere , if indeed, it’s Boko Haram and not the government that is behind it. “May be they have a hidden agenda to ensure that by 2015, the situation will be so bad that elections cannot hold in some parts of the country, because they know if elections hold in those areas, they will woefully be defeated.’’ -Femi Fani-Kayode

  • Vincent Unachukwu

    The last time l checked, it is only WAEC that conduct such exams and issue certificate did IBB guys ransack WAEC office too? for such high octane person all he need to do is ask, abi?

    • Abdul

      so what is Jonathan waiting for? he should quickly get to the WAEC office and request for the information.

      • 0racle

        Are you for real? Is President Jonathan the owner of the results? Let the owner of the results ask for copies and present those copies to INEC as required by the law. Namadi Sambo’s documents were burned in a fire and it was SAMBO, not Boohari, that wrote to ABU to authenticate his claims. The university formally confirmed his claims and Sambo submitted his evidence. Why can’t the so-called owner of the certificates request?

  • warry

    The issue is does Buhari posses the intellect to pass an O level Exams? The answer is definitely No. So how will he comprehend briefs presented to him to take the decision?.This is the reason he shouts corruption without proof of it and he does not know that when you accuse, you should show proof. He shouted the same corruption story in 1983,got 20 months to make changes, and the. Change noticed was for the worse until IBB drove him away.

  • growthengine

    Well, Buhari will do the whole nation a favor by just presenting his certificate to INEC. Even if he goes on to win the election, this cover up will continue to haunt him as a law breaker. Someone who benefited from fraud right from the beginning of his career.

  • Progress

    Stop wasting VALUABLE time, go to court of shut the f- – k UP. And this FFK call himself a lawyer. Or drugs dont corrupt your cognitive ability just like philandering, EXTRA MARITAL AFFAIRS, and OGOGORO have done to Dumbo? Do the law ask for education up to School Cert or certificate?

  • Collins

    Buhari oya your certificate.

  • Omooba Adekunle Orafidiya

    Buhari is a fraud. He is simply not eligible to contest even for Local Government Councillorship on account of not possessing the requisite qualification. He will be duly disqualified in a matter of days.

    • OMAS

      This disqualification will serve as a warning to youths to take their studies serious ,and if this found to be true then it goes to say that buhari corruption started when he was a youth which is a shame on him and those that admitted him into the military

      • Mr D

        Its Sad That I know a whole lot of people without school certs that are way smarter than you are. Your comment goes to show how faulty our educational system is, for someone like you to say he is educated.

    • pabjay

      Olodo….Why are u so backward? You have refused to come of age because your government has kept you and all Nigerians in the darkness… No where in the world will you find people presenting their certificates only in Nigeria. It is; state where you got certifications and these bodies responsible for issuing will respond. Na only Nigeria we go carry certificate for hand dey show people. If required WAEC, WASSC or whatever relevant body responsible in the 60’s should tell us if they have a record for Buhari, the Nigerian Army should tell us with what certifications they admitted buhari into the Nigerian Army… US War college has informed that buhari was admitted into their institution based on his admission into Nigerian army and they have confirmed he was issued a certificate of completion so why cant our Nigerian Institutions so same? Why cant??? But we are asking buhari to show certificate… Very Shameful!!! Shows the incompetence of this same government

  • Abdul

    Jonathan demand for Buhari’s certificate, as in really? WHO IS HE TO DEMAND FOR BUHARI’S CERTIFICATE? is he INEC or the Court? nonsense, he should go to court and stop exposing his cluelessness here.

  • Collins

    Matter done start, thief no fit come back from market. Thiefbuhari basket done full welewele.

    • Abdul

      Medical report forgers will not get any certificate from Buhari, go to court if you dey vex.

  • True Nigerian

    It is increasingly obvious that the Jonathan and PDP campaign have nothing meaninful to campaign on. What a shame for a party that has controlled power and hundreds of billions of dollars for 6 years.

  • Prof. Wole Soyinka

    COME TO THINK OF IT

    Mr Integrity, Mr Discipline, Mr Anti-Corruption, Mr Right ……… cannot present his certificate after he had contested three previous Presidential Elections

    Shame on Buhari and APC

    Let me say it again ……. Buhari is wholly unfit and unqualified to contest the 2015 Presidential Election.

    • Abdul

      Go to court oga and stop disturbing our peace. PDP can forge anything, they forge a medical report, see this one impersonating wole soyinka. na wa o.

      • Prof. Wole Soyinka

        SHAME …. SHAME …. SHAME

        BUHARI’S certificate scandal has exposed his hypocrisy to Nigerians

        • Abdul

          Really? sorry if you are too lazy to search for the truth about the certificate. Have you tried visiting the army? try and do this, pls invoke FOI when you go there, they will allow you access the copies. Dont be lazy you hear.

          Why are you impersonating wole soyinka? PDP and their criminal DNA, forged medical report and see this one impersonation somebody else.

          • 0racle

            Oh so Boohari cannot request the army to provide HIS records? Or aren’t they his anymore? It is me that should go to look for them abi? Free me jor!

          • Yola

            It is not his duty to do that, he did what the law required of him which is to give an affidavits. Anyone who is not satisfied is his responsibility to go and verify as INEC did. If you still not satisfied then go to court. That is the law. LOl!!!

        • Triple 7

          Lol. Clap for yourself, I hope you can sleep better at night now. I wish you Goodluck.

    • pabjay

      Olodo like you.. Why are u so backward? You have refused to come of age because your government has kept you and all Nigerians in the darkness… No where in the world will you find people presenting their certificates only in Nigeria. It is; state where you got certifications and these bodies responsible for issuing will respond. Na only Nigeria we go carry certificate for hand dey show people. If required WAEC, WASSC or whatever relevant body responsible in the 60’s should tell us if they have a record for Buhari, the Nigerian Army should tell us with what certifications they admitted buhari into the Nigerian Army… US War college has informed that buhari was admitted into their institution based on his admission into Nigerian army and they have confirmed he was issued a certificate of completion so why cant our Nigerian Institutions so same? Why cant??? But we are asking buhari to show certificate… Very Shameful!!! Shows the incompetence of this same government

    • Adetayo Adewale Adebowale

      Professor Wole Soyinka,bad belle.man,go siddon,yeye. Professor,dem say. You no even pass. Your ist degree for university of Ibadan,and you noble laureate was bogus give to not even in literature,we say if Sai Buhari present paper that women on side of street in Nigeria use to peddle their bean cake we love him and will vote for him. Go to court. Mumu professor. Olodo agbalagba

  • Concerned

    Empty barrels make the most noise and have selective memories.
    How come FFK omitted to include the word equivalents which is a clear part of the law he vaunts, in his diatribe?

  • King Carlos

    An individual standing trial for corruption is our president’s campaign spokesman. Fani Kayode and Fayose are two criminals that GEJ has found jobs for, so they want to do anything to keep their jobs. Fani Kayode’s international passport should be seized immediately after May 29th. .. 2015.

    Ole buruku

  • OMAS

    If it is true l will urge PDP to pursue this case to a logical conclusion to serve as warning to youth that always forge certificate to gain admission to higher learning. Buhari present your School certificate is the law nobody is witch hurnting you , if you can not produce it then you must be sent to kirikiri for forgery which is against the law

    • pabjay

      Olodo….Why are u so backward? You have refused to come of age because your government has kept you and all Nigerians in the darkness… No where in the world will you find people presenting their certificates only in Nigeria. It is; state where you got certifications and these bodies responsible for issuing will respond. Na only Nigeria we go carry certificate for hand dey show people. If required WAEC, WASSC or whatever relevant body responsible in the 60’s should tell us if they have a record for Buhari, the Nigerian Army should tell us with what certifications they admitted buhari into the Nigerian Army… US War college has informed that buhari was admitted into their institution based on his admission into Nigerian army and they have confirmed he was issued a certificate of completion so why cant our Nigerian Institutions so same? Why cant??? But we are asking buhari to show certificate… Very Shameful!!! Shows the incompetence of this same government

      • 0racle

        It is not the responsibility of the Army to publicize its personnel records nor of WAEC to publicize candidates’ results simply to satisfy people’s curiosity. It IS, however, the responsibility of the contestant to present his certificates (or true copies thereof) to the electoral body. Let Buhari fulfill his obligation under the law (unless he is trying to say he is above it). Don’t try to becloud the issue. Is WAEC contesting for the presidency? If Buhari has lost his documents, it is HIS duty to apply to whatever bodies are responsible to authenticate his claims. He has NOT done this.

        • Yola

          Responsibility to who? To the public, PDP or INEC? He did what is required by law, INEC assert to it and anyone who is not satisfied should go to court, not use media for propaganda. Instead, the PDP to tell us what they have achieved if 6 years of GEJ rule and what are they offering for the next 4 years.

  • Inside APC

    TINUBU : My lordship, there is a problem. Pls come let’s talk.
    BUHARI : Yes! My obedient servant, what is the problem?
    TINUBU : My lordship, kindly tell me the truth. Did you pass your WAEC exams? I mean the certificate palavar
    BUHARI : Look my prend, be careful. Is that the problem?
    TINUBU : Yes my lord! Just tell me.
    BUHARI : But why?
    TINUBU : I want to be sure, so I can know how to plan & plot a defense in public.
    BUHARI : Ok! But switch up your mopile sets, I want to be shwar you’re not recording anything
    TINUBU : Ok my lord. I have switched off the sets. Have them, you may confirm by inspection
    BUHARI : Oh don’t bother. I know you are very loyal. Look Bola, there are 2 reasons I can’t produce that certificate
    . …………..1. I have FAIL score in my ENGLISH & MATHEMATICS & 2 other subjects. I only have two credit pass grades
    …………….2. The certipicate has my real date of Birth on it. I am actually 79 and not 73 as I have claimed.
    TINUBU : Really?
    BUHARI : Yes! This is the problem fa!
    TINUBU : This is serious…very serious, but we’ve got to work out something before end of January
    BUHARI : I trust you boy, make it clean and leave no trace.
    TINUBU : As always my lordship!
    BUHARI : Walahi! You are a very loyal subject.

  • Al Jihad

    MY MISSION IN POLITICS ………Muhammadu Buhari

    “Sharia should be introduced in full across Nigeria. I will continue to show openly
    and inside me the total commitment to the Sharia movement that is sweeping
    all over Nigeria. God willing, we will NOT stop the agitation for the total implementation
    of the Sharia in the country. It is a legal responsibility which God has given us,
    within the context of one Nigeria, to continue to uphold the practice of Sharia
    wholeheartedly. What remains for Muslims in Nigeria is for them to
    re-double their efforts and educate Muslims on the need to promote
    the full implementation of Sharia law.”

    …….General Muhammadu Buhari

    (August 27, 2001)

    • The Questioner

      General Muhammadu Buhari,

      • Is it true that you are one of the few senior military officers in the history of Nigeria
      who failed the Command and Staff College military examination?

      • Is it also true that you failed the Senior Military examination in the Army?

      • Is it true too that while your military colleagues, such as Ibrahim Babangida,
      Tunde Idiagbon, Theophilus Danjuma, Augustus Aikhomu and Abdulsalami
      Abubakar have military distinction after their names, such as FSS; Psc; or MNI;
      you have no military passes or distinction after your own name?

  • Kokori

    Pls stop the distractions Where is the certiPicate?

    • Profy

      Section 131(d) of the 1999 constitution stipulates that a person shall be eligible to contest for the office of President if “he has been educated up to at least school certificate level or its equivalent.
      The important word here is “EQUIVALENT” the question here is does buhari has an equivalent of school cert? What determine equivalent? And what is the purpose of the certificate….
      What determine equivalent is the experience and the training you have gathered in your employment.
      I DONT even care about his primary and secondary education…A man who rose to the position of general in the army, who has been train in some of the best Military School in the World and who is a former Head of state can not be said not to have School cert equivalent. Infact what buhari currently has is PHD equivalent going by his training and experience. In accounting once you are Fellow of Chartered Accountant FCA…it is an equivalent of PHD. If you are employed in any University you will be given a status of PhD holder.
      Now you DONT acquire FCA by writing exam. You acquired it by number of years you have spent on the job. That is called experience.
      Now the law governing election does not say BUhari should produce any certificate whether original or photocopy. What buhari done by saying copy of his certificate whether original or photocopy is with the army is within the law. Buhari has done what the law requires..QED.
      In any case PDP can go to court if they are not satisfy instead of ranting on internet.

    • pabjay

      Why are u so backward? You have refused to come of age because your government has kept you and all Nigerians in the darkness… No where in the world will you find people presenting their certificates only in Nigeria. It is; state where you got certifications and these bodies responsible for issuing will respond. Na only Nigeria we go carry certificate for hand dey show people. If required WAEC, WASSC or whatever relevant body responsible in the 60’s should tell us if they have a record for Buhari, the Nigerian Army should tell us with what certifications they admitted buhari into the Nigerian Army… US War college has informed that buhari was admitted into their institution based on his admission into Nigerian army and they have confirmed he was issued a certificate of completion so why cant our Nigerian Institutions so same? Why cant??? But we are asking buhari to show certificate… Very Shameful!!! Shows the incompetence of this same government

  • nigerian

    pls you ppl shld help me ask FFK to try enrolling with US war college without presenting his result and see the consequence

  • Vincent

    This could be a matter of litigation as soon as the judicial workers strike is called off. I’m optimistic that the courts will surely do justice on this crucial matter. Let’s get the courts to help out on Buhari’s eligibility or otherwise.

  • mk

    FFK abuse the Nigerian army patriots,the same soldiers that sacrifice thier life for him to come and live as he is today,saying they are all employed or deployed as being illiterate without school certs..to us they did morethan your biological parents,who are cowards and lazy,,the soldiers did well,no matter thier status or vitea,,than those lazy and hypocrite parents of yourself that ended up breeding a BASTARD,kiss and tell, animal like you..

  • pabjay

    Femi Falana and Jonathan Administration!!! Why are u so backward? You have refused to come of age because your government has kept you and all Nigerians in the darkness… No where in the world will you find people presenting their certificates only in Nigeria. It is; state where you got certifications and these bodies responsible for issuing will respond. Na only Nigeria we go carry certificate for hand dey show people. If required WAEC, WASSC or whatever relevant body responsible in the 60’s should tell us if they have a record for Buhari, the Nigerian Army should tell us with what certifications they admitted buhari into the Nigerian Army… US War college has informed that buhari was admitted into their institution based on his admission into Nigerian army and they have confirmed he was issued a certificate of completion so why cant our Nigerian Institutions so same? Why cant??? But we are asking buhari to show certificate… Very Shameful!!! Shows the incompetence of this same government… You all with the so called big certificates or basic prerequisite another irrelevant achievements are no better

    • evi

      Go to any part of the world and tell them that yu want a job and yu swear to them that yu have the necessary certificate without presenting any and come back here and share ur experience.

  • pabjay

    Femi Fani Kayode and Jonathan Administration. Why are u so backward? You have refused to come of age because your government has kept you and all Nigerians in the darkness… No where in the world will you find people presenting their certificates only in Nigeria. It is; state where you got certifications and these bodies responsible for issuing will respond. Na only Nigeria we go carry certificate for hand dey show people. If required WAEC, WASSC or whatever relevant body responsible in the 60’s should tell us if they have a record for Buhari, the Nigerian Army should tell us with what certifications they admitted buhari into the Nigerian Army… US War college has informed that buhari was admitted into their institution based on his admission into Nigerian army and they have confirmed he was issued a certificate of completion so why cant our Nigerian Institutions so same? Why cant??? But we are asking buhari to show certificate… Very Shameful!!! Shows the incompetence of this same government

    • tjay

      Its like you have problem with English. Your Buhari submitted an affidavit against the normal credential, he was asked why and he said, his credentials are with the Nigeria Army but the Army is saying no, that what they have in his record was just a letter from his principal in secondary school to enroll him in the army, is that not simple enough for you to understand?? Buhari just filled the army form with an assumed credits in the need subjects to enroll him in the army. It simple mean Buhari joined the army thru back door called falsehood, Whatever further certificates he got thru the army is void and invalid because he never presented any certificate that qualifies him to enroll into the army in the first place. He should be jailed for this.

  • Garden-City Boy

    Hmmmmmmmm!! Frauds want to be president. Should Buhari’s argument be that since INEC has been doing it wrong for the past three presidential elections, it should continue to be done wrong, then the APC-JANJAWEED SCARECROW lacks every modicum of common human ethics. The uneven-handed manner he conducted himself during his self-imposed “head-of-statehood” could only be the tip of the moral-rot iceberg, a sneak preview.
    One wonders which path is easier, presenting a common document (WASC) or keep up an argument against compliance with the law of the land. The more he argues, the more he looks like a ridiculous jackass. Won’t anybody advise that he ships in or ships out? Certainly, Buhari does not consider himself the lone, overweight, spoiled, wise brat among other presidential who are in compliance with the laid-down rules. Or does he still see himself above the law?
    I would use the exit window provided by the serious prostate cancer issue to bow out gracefully and win public sympathy, not impose myself on a people who have already rejected me, not once or twice, but three times. It takes an ass-wipe to think that ot will be any diferent now.

  • Federalist2012

    There is a freedom of information act, if there is no conspiracy why haven’t the press found out from the army, the Federal Government College Katsina and the WAEC about Buhari’s claims. Why do Nigerian press keep publishing this without trying to investigate it? This copy and paste journalism and glorified gossips are not meant to inform but to inflame the political environment. In sane clime the press as a watchdog and one of the drivers of democracy and due process would have pushed all the parties in the case: the army, the College and the WAEC to tell Nigerians what they know about this case. When Obama was accused of not being born in America it was not the court or the Republican that compelled the Registry in Hawaii to provide an evidence showing that he was actually born in America. It was rather the press.

    • tjay

      Thank you ooo, a man that cannot listen to the voice of the people and do what is required of him when his not yet the president, how will he listen to us when we eventually give him power? Changing from Khaki to Agbada does not make a retired general loose the tone of his commanding voice. Take heed!

  • Ayemi

    Why is everybody going crazy about Buhari’s certificate when the incumbent president with the so-called PhD could not get things right? He could not even handle basic things. No guarantee of safety of lives, not to talk of property. People are dying in poverty. Boko Haram are killing people anyhow. Life is so difficult for the masses. Things cannot continue that way!!! A PhD holder president could not bring a positive change into the lives of majority of Nigerians after 6 years in government as the president. Think about all these yourself! Isn’t it shameful?
    This man was an head of state before his government was toppled by Babangida and his cohorts. We knew the kind of discipline he introduced at that time that brought changes into the country. I know many of us do not want discipline. We all want to live above the law. We want to commit crime and go away with it. That is just the fear of many Nigerians. It is clear that many Nigerians do not want a change because of their own personal interests. They want things to continue the way they are now for their own gain.
    At this point, all we need is a change that will make Nigerians be proud of their country. It does not matter who is there. Who do you think is interested in any certificate now? The examination boards are there to verify whether he has school certificate or not. A change for better life is what we need. The heavens and earth have rejected Jonathan, and he is rejected forever.

    • Suleiman

      The issue is not whether the incumbent got it tight or not. The issue is that to contest for the office of the president of Nigeria, one requires a minimum of SSCE. That is the pre-requisite and has nothing to do with the performance of the incumbent or any other incoming, for that matter. Can you apply for a job that specifically requires a Master’s Degree, when you only have a BSc & your defense will be that the last person to hold the post did not perform, despite the fact that he had 2 Master’s degrees? Requirements are requirements and the law is the law…. let’s stop being sentimental.

      • Ayemi

        It is just a pity and unfortunate that people of this calibre could not simply understand a simple logic here. It is about pragmatism. It is about what works. It is about how to bring the past glory of Nigeria back. It is about what brings joy into the lives of Nigerians. It is about making life comfortable for Nigerians.
        What I am saying here is not about certification. It is about what works for Nigerians. It is about what makes better life for people. Who cares about any certificate? All what Nigerians want is a change in all ramifications. A change that will not discriminate against poor or rich. A change that will allow people to exercise their potentials and talents.
        To answer your question, it is obvious that any company will prefer to hire a rational thinking, well-informed and reasonable person regardless of his/her certification rather than a visionless, mindless, brainless, and thoughtless so-called PhD holder who will eventually destroy the company.
        Suleiman, try to reflect on this and let me know what you think about it. Thanks.

        • BankyMons

          @Ayemi,,,Your type represent all that is wrong with Nigeria today and must be rooted out once and for all. I can’t believe what I am reading here! The issue this article is discussing is about Buhari’s certificate so go and write your own article with this silly logic and wait for people’s response. This is shameful.

          • Ayemi

            As your name implies, it seems you are a monkey. A real baboon. You do not deserve to be among normal and reasonable people, hence all of you in this calibre will surely be uprooted when the time comes to clean up our dear nation. You said you did not believe what you read there. Fine, you do not have to believe. But the question is “do we need a change or not?” If we do, then who cares about certificate or no certificate? All we want is what will bring joy and happiness into peoples’ lives. Not weeping and gnashing of teeth on daily basis.
            You called my response to this article a silly logic. Good, It is silly to you because you can’t understand simple things, therefore, it prevents you from thinking straight.
            It also looks silly to you because you have your eyes at the rear side of your head, so you could not see properly and your brain is also affected as a result of location of your eyes, which means you brain is upside down.
            If your family members had been killed by Boko Haram or any of your female children had been taken away by them, maybe my response will not look silly to you.
            For your information again, if jonathan could not guarantee safety of lives for good 6 years, then what is he waiting for.

          • BankyMons

            We Nigerians care about certificate, we care that the change you advocate for is the one fraught with corruption. We do not need change in the form and shape you have described, again it is shameful that you posted this stuff here. What nonsense do you mean by joy and happiness? It is not the duty of the government to give you ‘joy’ and ‘happiness’ alright, it is your responsibility to either be joyous and happy or not and nobody’s! Your logic is silly, I have to repeat it again, has it sunk in now? You are the type parading false information just to cause panic in the country and I will not join you in that. The security agencies will take care of you and your collaborators when the time comes. If you like hide behind computer keyboards and type falsehood thinking you are invisible, you are not and you could be arrested for peddling falsehood on the internet. Just so that you know that.

          • Ayemi

            Bobo Monkey,
            Truly indeed, it is clear that your power of argument is weak and sick. My question to you is – In which form and shape do you want a change? Do you want a change in the form and shape that there will be criminals and robbers all over?
            Now, I see where you are coming from. I now know what you stand for without much explanations from you. I see now why you find this simple logic difficult to understand. But I will help you out. What I am saying here is that, at this critical point in Nigeria today, it is not about certificate or no certificate. It is about a change of government. It is about a change that will remove jonathan, your big boss and then replace him with a set of responsible people that Nigerians want.
            It is a pity that you do not know that peaceful environment can give people joy and happiness! uhhhh!
            Who are your security agents? Do not forget to send them! MUMU

    • Dodo

      THIS IS GENERAL MUHAMMADU BUHARI IN HIS OWN WORDS.
      PLEASE NOTE THAT BUHARI NEVER CLAIMED HE HAS A DEGREE
      OR DID BUHARI CLAIM HE DID WAEC EXAM, OR, OBTAINED WASC

    • Obinna

      They enjoy making all the lies if not, as a sitting president, PDP should take the matter to court. Simple………….. or else, they should verify with all the schools he mentioned in the form. GMB completed the form and specify all the schools he attended but attached an affidavit because his papers were lost. This is acceptable in the law. Another option is for PDP to go to INEC and obtained a copy of the affidavit which contains the circumstances that lead to the Gen missing his Doc.

    • Victor James

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      Guys let me advice you whether it is required by the constitution or INEC Act. The truth is everyone most especially a leader should have at least a school certificate. That’s why the western world don’t think highly of Nigeria school. How can a military General of your country don’t even have school certificate and we are not ashamed of our selves. I think is only those that have not been to school that will blindly think it’s not a fair requirements by the constitution. For we the UK diaspora we are really ashamed that our military General and also the past head of state don’t have school certificate, so Nigeria is that corrupt? I am not a fan of any party but ideally it will give Nigeria bad light if the World keep hearing that our military General and once a head of state forge certificate to get into military. Honestly and seriously if I am Buhari I will resign right now if truly he love Nigeria and won’t want our academic credibility to be questioned by the western world.

      • Ayemi

        Victor James, you UK diaspora are not ashamed that Boko Haram has been killing people for nothing all these years, and that life is unbearable for many Nigerians, but you are ashamed because some criminals were asking for somebody’s certificate in order to perpetuate their wickedness. Eh!!!

        “Honestly and seriously if I am Buhari I will resign right now if truly he love Nigeria and won’t want our academic credibility to be questioned by the western world” And you do not want your academic credibility to be questioned with this your grammar!!! Eh!!! Anyway, I will see you tomorrow.

        • Victor James

          Lol you will see me tomorrow. Do I owe you or are you one of buhari campaigners? Frankly do you want to convince us to vote for past dictator? Who have done well in jailing most innocent elites of Nigeria especially the yoruba’s via military decrees. My brother think tank and well. GEJ is better compare to buhari any time.

  • IFEDAYO ABDULWASIU

    indeed this issues of Buhari certificate is ridiculous and chidish of Jonathan campain organisation i could see that sinnce the presidential campaign as being flag off, Buhari has not personally attack any individual Buhari personality while presidential Goodluck Jonathan has made mention of Buhari More 3 times in his campaign train. is there anythng they were scared off. very unfortunate for pple like Femi Fanikayodde, i used to be surprised with his attitude anybody that is aware of his faamly lineagge will knows that his thier character. what they will eat is there primary concern. nigeria is on the move is better PDP and his satanic agennt let thier be peaceful changge if not. there may be violent revolution from the nigeria youthh. which we all dont pray for.

    • OneK

      Really? So that inec rule is ridiculous?. Like FFK said its a matter of the law your Buhari must present his certificates period. He cant even be called a general anymore.

  • kola amzat

    Why are we finding it so difficult to see ‘truth’ the way it is? What would it cost Gen. Buhari to douse this unnecessary tension surrounding his eligibility for presidential election as a result of allegation that he has no School Certificate? Why do Nigerians take delight in leaving substance and continually pursuing shadow? Why these barrage of attacks on Chief Femi Fani-Kayode because he advised Gen. Buhari to produce his School Certificate which in-fact, is the basic qualification requires of him by the Electoral Act before he is eligible to stand as a presidential candidate of any party? These attacks on his personality is most unfair, undeserved and in a bad state. If actually Nigerians desire to close the chapter of Gen. Buhari certificate scandal, let him produce it if he has one, so that the country’s electoral process can move on . Simple! What we desire in today’s political landscape is orderliness, normalcy and fairness to every Nigerian regardless of ethnicity religion or creed.

    • absam777

      Femi is full of bull Sh**t. Does he really read the constitution or just generate controversy for his his own belle? The guy is a very selfish person.

    • tjay

      Some deluded says, certificate issue should not be discussed but I ask anyone to tell me if any organisation in Nigeria employs someone because they feel is capable, The right must be done, you need to present your qualifications before they even consider your application. Let Mr Buhari produce his certificate and bury this case for once.

  • absam777

    “This is a matter of law and not sentiment.” A man who has never seriously practiced as a lawyer is talking as a matter of law. Femi, you are full of bull sh**t. Now I believe who say that you have psychiatric issue.

  • Brandon Landry

    Let lame duck Jonathan and smiley Sambo present their original Phd and Architectural degree certificates.
    What is good for the goose is good for the gander.

    • john london

      that is not a requirement by inec my friend

  • Austin

    If Buhari presents his PHCN Bill in lieu, I will still vote for him. What good has GEJ’s Phd brought to Otueke?. Let Femi Fani Kayode show us his Mental Fitness Certificate

    • omamma

      Hahaha!

  • Victor James

    Guys let me advice you whether it is required by the constitution or INEC Act. The truth is everyone most especially a leader should have at least a school certificate. That’s why the western world don’t think highly of Nigeria school. How can a military General of your country don’t even have school certificate and we are not ashamed of our selves. I think is only those that have not been to school that will blindly think it’s not a fair requirements by the constitution. For we the UK diaspora we are really ashamed that our military General and also the past head of state don’t have school certificate, so Nigeria is that corrupt? I am not a fan of any party but ideally it will give Nigeria bad light if the World keep hearing that our military General and once a head of state forge certificate to get into military. Honestly and seriously if I am Buhari I will resign right now if truly he love Nigeria and won’t want our academic credibility to be questioned by the western world.

  • omamma

    This is becoming seriously interesting. So what are d options left for APC? Pull out of the election at dis point or replace a Buhari with perhaps a younger and more vibrant Adams Oshiomole who will bring in color to d game with his power of oratory?

    • omamma

      Abeg If Buhari is leaving let him carry his VP osibande abi osibanjo along o. We wanted a more colorful pair like tamvuwal or Oshiomole with fashola, which would have electrified the political climate irrespective of all these fake divisions of tribe and religion. But as usual, selfish permutations held sway and Tinubu who was given d VPS slot to fill in return for his block Yoruba votes, preferred just anybody but fashola who removed his mouth from d breastfeeding of lagos state funds! God day!