‘Buhari Show Your WAEC Certificate!’ Nigerians Express Outrage On Twitter

‘Buhari Show Your WAEC Certificate!’ Nigerians Express Outrage On Twitter [TOP TWEETS]

By Silas Ebeh | News Reporter on June 15, 2016
Tompolo Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari
Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari | Getty Images

Outrage greeted the news that Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has hired 13 senior lawyers to defend him in a suit at a federal high court in Abuja challenging his eligibility for the office of president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria over his failure to present his WAEC certificate.

The president’s legal team is made up of 13 senior advocates of Nigeria, SAN, and is led by Chief Wole Olanipekun (SAN).  The other lawyers on Buhari’s defence team are Mr. Lateef O. Fagbemi (SAN), Chief Akin Olujinmi (SAN), Oluwarotimi O. Akeredolu (SAN), Kola Awodein (SAN), Prof. Taiwo Osipitan (SAN), Charles Edosomwan (SAN), Emeka Ngige (SAN), Femi Atoyebi (SAN), Femi Falana (SAN), Funke Aboyade (SAN), H.O. Afolabi (SAN), Muiz Banire (SAN). Ten other lawyers are on the team.

An Abuja-based lawyer, Mr. Nnamdi Nwokocha-Ahaaiwe is challenging Buhari’s eligibility to contest for the office of president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria because he did not sit for the Cambridge West African School Certificate (WASC) in 1961 as he claimed in his form submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.

Nigerians took to social media to express their disappointment and anger that their president would fail to present a basic education certificate for secondary school. Buhari had sworn an oath while filing his form at the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, in 2014 that his original school certificates were with the military board. The Nigerian Army had issued a statement denying being in possession of the retired general’s certificates in the heat of the 2015 elections.

Below are some of the messages on microblogging website Twitter using the hashtag, #PMBShowUsYourCertificate and #PMBShowUsUrCertificate.


  1. How do u expect someone with no WASC CERTIFICATE to Obey court order,Respect human right,or not to ‘ve dictatorial in ruling the country.PLEASE MR PRESIDENT WE ONLY NEED# COMMON #WASC CERTIFICATE RESULT#.Why hiring 13 SANs.Abeg just do the needful.Lol look at ur picture for the forged certificate.You look like a 70 yrs old man in 1961.Is it that u just took it or u are as old as u are in 1961,Please enough of this lies Mr PMB.

  2. They say truth is bitter said, it would have been better that the truth is said so that Nigeria can look inward than allow SANS to sit because of certificate saga

  3. i cannot be a party that is defending some one who did not have certificate to still occupy the post , that is meant for the person that has certificate, and those SAN that are defending him are disgrace to the so called legal luminaries in the nation that they standing to say what is wrong is wright, we are not in this nation again.

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