Despite the outrage expressed by Nigerians on Social Media over President Muhammadu Buhari’s inability to present his Secondary School Certificate to INEC, the Presidency has called the certificate saga a “dead issue”.
A media aide to Mr. Buhari, Femi Adesina smugly told the Nation that the certificate saga is a dead issue, saying that “only idle people will consider it.”
He said, “It is something that had been laid to rest before the 2015 general elections,” he added.
“Those raising the issue (PDP and others) are idle and they have run out of ideas. They see defeat staring them in the face and they are desperate to cling to any straw. This issue was resolved before the 2015 election.
“It is a matter of fact that when President Buhari and others joined the military, they took their original certificates from them. The military knew where they kept the original certificates of the President.
“In fact, a former Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Alani Akinrinade corroborated that the military collected the original certificates of all its officers. The PDP believes it is going to lose the elections, and they will lose, and it is raising dust over a dead issue.
“The military already said they lost the certificates. But does it mean that it did not exist that the President went to school, sat for examinations and passed; attended military courses and War College.
“It does not change the fact that the President rose through the ranks to become a Major-General in the Nigerian Army and a Military Head of State.
“Didn’t those opposed to President Buhari go to court over his certificate and lost before? They will still lose this time around. It is a dead issue.”
Contrary to Mr. Adesina’s claims, the issue seems not to be dead for millions of Nigerians, who have demanded on Social Media that the president, being commander-in-chief, should order the military to produce his certificate or somehow get a certified true copy of it to be tendered to INEC, as required by law.