At a press briefing yesterday in Abuja, the Director of Army Public Relations (DAPR), Brig-Gen. Olajide Laleye, said the clarification was necessitated after the barrage of requests from individuals and corporate organisations seeking to know the true position of Buhari’s credentials.
But in a swift reaction, the APC warned that those bent on destroying its candidate may end up destroying the country’s military by dragging it into politics.
“Now the raging controversy concerning this has been what the Nigerian Army presented to you as facts. We have not added anything and we have not subtracted anything.
The army spokesman explained that the available records indicated that Buhari applied to join the military as a form six student of the Provincial Secondary School, Katsina, on October 18, 1961.
“It is the practice in the Nigerian Army that before candidates are shortlisted for commissioning into the officers’ cadre of the service, the Selection Board verifies the original copies of credentials presented.”
Nevertheless, Laleye said the entry made in the Nigerian Army Form 199A at the point of documentation after commission as an officer indicated that the former head of state obtained his secondary school certificate in 1961 with credits in the relevant subjects: English Language, Geography, History, Health Science, Hausa and a pass in English Literature.
- Why did the Nigerian Army publish in THISDAYLIVE on 21 Jan. 2015 that they do not have Buhari’s certificate?
- How come the Nigerian Army later released Buhari’s certificate?
- Where did they find it? Or has the certificate become a magical and mysterious paper that can appear, disappear and reappear when it pleases it?
- Why did the Nigerian Army later claim that they have Buhari’s certificate but he did not follow due process to apply for it?
- Why has the Nigeria Military been inconsistent in its statements regarding Buhari’s certificate?
- If Buhari was not elected as Nigeria’s president, would his certificate ever be found by the army?
- When Buhari was sued by Sen. Alphonsus Igbeke; A legal practitioner, Mr. Chukwunweike Okafor, and their “subterranean group” of PDP members for beaching relevant provisions of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Electoral Act 2010, why did the Nigerian army refuse to come to his rescue by presenting his certificate to the court to vindicate him?