The Nigerian Army is said to have lost the academic credentials of President Muhammadu Buhari.
The new claim is from the Presidency while reacting to calls from critics of the present administration urging Mr Buhari to either present his educational qualifications to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) or apologize to Nigerians.
Mr Buhari who is seeking a second term in office has again failed to submit his academic credentials to INEC. It is stipulated that candidates for elective positions must submit their credentials to the electoral body.
For Buhari, a retired Major General of the Nigerian Army, his certificates are with the military. He made the claims in an affidavit he attached to his presidential form in 2014. Although the military came out to debunk the claim, the president has restated his position in his 2019 presidential form.
For the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Buhari should present his academic credentials to INEC or apologize to Nigerians.
Reacting to the development, the Presidency noted that the military has lost the academic certificates of the president.
Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the President who quoted by TheNation Newspaper to have said those discussing the issue have nothing to do as the subject matter had long been laid to rest.
“The certificate saga is a dead issue, only idle people will consider it,” he said.
“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.
“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,” Mr Adesina said.