Many Nigerians have expressed outrage at President Buhari’s refusal to submit his educational certificates to the Independent National Electoral Commission, as required by law and his claim that the documents were with the military.
Buhari had in a sworn affidavit he submitted along with his forms to INEC on Friday, said all his credentials were with the Secretary to the Military Board.
Angered by the development, several Nigerians said,
A commenter with the pseudonym, Alex Writes on The Punch online, said, “Buhari, up till now, still makes this silly excuse? Haba! You have contested the Presidency in Nigeria five times without any documents.
“You are busy swearing affidavits up and down. This is a travesty, I must say. It makes no sense whatsoever. Is the military on mars or in this same Nigeria?
A former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, pondered over the President’s statement, saying, “Once again, Buhari has refused to submit his West African Examinations Council certificate to INEC. Once again, he says that it is with the military authorities.
“Even though he has been Commander in Chief for the last few years, he has been unable to retrieve them. May God save Nigeria from this man,” Fani-Kayode wrote.
Another Twitter user and United Nations fellow, Abang Mercy, knocked the President over his statement.
She asked, “This thing Buhari is doing and walking away with, one day we will all see it in much clearer terms. If INEC is demanding WAEC certificate, why can’t Buhari approach WAEC for a reissue? Why does he keep telling us this story about the military? It is the silliest narrative ever out there.”
A Facebook user, Pastor Oluwatosin Olunuga, asked if INEC would have tolerated other presidential candidates if they didn’t have WAEC certificates.
This is the silliest excuse by any living President. What has he been doing all these years, knowing he was going to need his certificates to contest?
“President Buhari is taking us for a ride and it is corruption. This President is corrupt if he can’t follow due process,” Jackson Ude, wrote.