A civic action group promoting good governance, democracy and the transformation agenda, Move on Nigeria has challenged the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari to come clean as regards his academic credentials and health status.
The group said since the former military Head of State was in the UK for a “working visit,” he should seize the opportunity to get a copy of the certificate he claims to have from Cambridge University so as to clear the air.
The group said: “Buhari’s qualification will remain an issue until he comes clean on the matter. If Buhari will be willing to publicly declare his assets as he said he would, he should also be willing to publicly show his acclaimed certificate.
“So far, every independent inquiry with regards to Buhari’s qualification has returned negative, the onus now is on Buhari to ensure that he collects his original secondary certificate from University of Cambridge in United Kingdom before returning to Nigeria during his London trip in order to put rest to the controversy surrounding his academic qualification. Any cab in London can take him to Cambridge.”
The group further stated via its National Coordinator, Clem Aguiyi that it had conducted an independent inquiry and discovered that General Buhari did not possess the secondary school certificate he claimed in Form CF001 submitted to the Independent national Electoral Commission (INEC) as it had approached the West African Examination Council (WAEC) offices in Nigeria and Ghana and found the retired General’s claim to be fictitious.
Speaking to journalists via a statement in Lagos on Monday, February 23, 2015. Mr. Aguiyi said: “We strongly believe Buhari does not possess school certificate as he claimed and may have risen to the rank of General in the army using the same deception but we want Nigerians to give him the benefit of the doubt by bringing the result from University of Cambridge that claimed to conduct the said examination during his London trip and the result must tally with the earlier Statement of Result released through online medium by the Provincial Secondary School in Katsina State.
“It is high time Buhari cleared the air and lay the controversy surrounding his school certificate to rest before it is too late. Nigerians are graciously waiting to see Buhari’s original result of 1962 and we want to tell Nigerians that the APC candidate was enlisted into the Nigeria Army on the basis of Principal’s recommendation letter not basis of Secondary School Certificate.
“Also, failure of Buhari to bring the result during this trip, it means, his acclaimed integrity is not complete and he should hide his face behind a rock as we know that integrity begins with personal matters before graduating into ultimately public matters.
“We insist it is in the best interest of the North to allow President Goodluck Jonathan complete the eight-year tenure for the South-south while the north takes its turn by 2019 when it would provide a sound, healthier and younger Northerner who will be less a divisive character and generally acceptable than Buhari whose antecedent and competence is nothing to cheer.”