PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari, on Friday, received attestation certificate and confirmation of school certificate result from the West African Examinations Council (WAEC).
The president had been widely reported not to possess the certificate following his inability to submit it to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the purpose of election.
But Special Adviser to the President on media and publicity, Femi Adesina, who broke the news on Friday, said that the president now has an attestation to the to the certificate from the examination body.
In a tweet on his Twitter handle, @FemiAdesina, he said: “WAEC presents attestation certificate and confirmation of school cert result to President Buhari. What will the naysayers say next?”
In a swift reaction, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) dismissed the move as a tragicomedy, adding that the certificate was procured.
The National Publicity Secretary of the main opposition party, Kola Ologbodiyan, told reporters in Abuja on Friday that the attestation was like the Martin Luther King Award presented to the president last year which turned out to be a fake award.
While wondering why the certificate was appearing only a few months to the election, the party spokesman said that the fact that the president did not use the certificate in the 2015 election is an affirmation that he does not have a certificate.
The PDP spokesmen added: “It is a tragicomedy. We never expected Mr President to dramatically come this low because you cannot have a certificate and be calling it an attestation.
“What are they attesting to? We stand by our position that Mr President has no school certificate.
“It’s simply a political certificate. We have said that the Buhari presidency and his handlers are always fretting at the mention of a certificate.
“So, they want to mislead Nigerians to say that Mr President has a school certificate.
“If Mr President has a certificate, why did he not use it in 2015 election? Why is the certificate suddenly emerging few months to the election?
“And have you checked the photograph that was attached to the certificate? In 1961, was it the requirement of WAEC to have a passport attached to school certificate?
“Even in our own generation, was it a condition in WAEC that you must submit your passport to be attached to your certificate?
“They should come off it. It’s too low.
“You remember the procured Martin Luther Award presented to our president which later was discovered to be fake? This is a similar award, a procured.
“We are waiting for the story of its declaration as another procured document.”
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