The Nigeria Army today cleared the air on the issue of General Muhammadu Buhari’s certificate, according to the Nigeria Army in a Press Statement held in Abuja on Tuesday stated that it is not possession of the original copy, Certified True Copy (CTC) nor statement of result of Major General M Buhari’s WASC result.
The Army also said that following a letter dated October, 1961 from the Principal of the Secondary School Buhari attended in Kastina, Buhari was recommended for enlistment into the Military.
According to the Army in its a press statement; “Suffice to state that Major General Buhari rose steadily to the enviable rank of Major General before becoming the Head of State of our dear country in December 1983. The media hype on retired Major General Muhammadu Buhari’s credentials as well as the numerous requests made by individuals and corporate bodies to the Nigerian Army on this issue have necessitated that we provide the facts as contained in the retired senior officer’s service record.”
Brigadier General Olajide Laleye , Director Army Public Relations Army also stated that; “Records available indicate that Major General M Buhari applied to join the military as a Form Six student of the Provincial Secondary School, Katsina on 18 Oct 61. His application was duly endorsed by the Principal of the school, who also wrote a report on him and recommended him to be suitable for military commission. It is a practice in the NA that before candidates are shortlisted for commissioning into the officers’ cadre of the Service, the Selection Board verifies the original copies of credentials that are presented. However, there is no available record to show that this process was followed in the 1960s.”
“Nevertheless, the entry made on the NA Form 199A at the point of documentation after commission as an officer indicated that the former Head of State obtained the West African School Certificate (WASC) in 1961 with credits in relevant subjects: English Language, Geography, History, Health Science, Hausa and a pass in English Literature. Neither the original copy, Certified True Copy (CTC) nor statement of result of Major General M Buhari’s WASC result is in his personal file.”