Thursday, 1 November 2018

Retired principal Alex Ajayi confirms issuing president Muhammad Buhari's waec certificate

There has been a renewed controversy over President Muhammadu Buhari’s academic credentials, especially after the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) disclosed that the president submitted an affidavit in place of his credentials.
He said the credentials are in possession of the military. This has elicited heated reactions from the main opposition party, the PDP, and other Nigerians questioning the veracity of the president’s claim.
This is not the first time President Buhari’s academic qualification is being brought to public scrutiny and questions.A similar scenario had also occurred in the buildup of the 2015 elections, with the president saying the military board has the credentials.
In 2016, perhaps lending credence to the president’s claim, Alex Ajayi, a former registrar, West African Examination Council (WAEC), had told The Punch newspaper in an interview that he issued Buhari’s certificate, alongside that of Sani Abacha and Ibrahim Babangida.
The newspaper had quoted Ajayi to have said: “…I joined the West African Examination Council as a pioneer staff. I was the first substantive Nigerian Assistant Registrar. I took over the control of the examination from the University of Cambridge. I took examiners to Cambridge for training across 10 years and trained them in Nigeria. I had the opportunity of issuing WAEC certificates to three former Heads of State: Buhari, Abacha and Babangida in the 60s.”He said this to clear the doubt in the mind of the opposition party(PDP) and Nigerians at Large

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