Have you heard about new movements in Buhari’s WAEC certificate scandal? Read the article to find out the latest news!
Of all the people decided to challenge President Muhammadu Buhari’s qualifications to stand for election to office of president regarding his West African Examination Council Certificate, WAEC, in the run-up to the general election last year, it is only one man, Nnamdi Nwokocha-Ahaaiwe, refused to back down from pursuing the case in court.
Nwokocha-Ahaaiwe had charged that Buhari was unqualified to aspire to the Office of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria because he did not sit for the Cambridge West African School Certificate (WASC) in 1961 as he said.
He claimed that the president has the constitutional right of appeal and was within his rights to exercise it particularly since he had not yet submitted a defense to the substantive action and had filed nothing in defense of the merits of the case.
Again, Nwokocha-Ahaaiwe would want the world to believe that the fact that the Director of Army Public Relations (DAPR) mischievously claimed in 2015 that Buhari’s personal file in the Army did “not have his original copy of his WAEC, nor the certified true copy of his WAEC results, neither a photocopy”, meant that he does not have a Secondary School Certificate.
However, the Department of Military Secretary (DMS) of the Nigerian Army has an explanation for the absence of Buhari’s School Certificate in his personal file. Major General Muhammadu Buhari’s WAeC is however not in his personal file as it was not the practice of this department to keep such documents at that time.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, reacted on behalf of the Presidency in an interview with journalists in Abuja.
Shehu warned Nwokocha-Ahaaiwe that if he did not stop his “unfair and professionally inappropriate abuse of free speech”, the President’s lawyers would use the instrumentality of the law in dealing with his unethical actions.
Shehu faulted a recent interview Nwokocha gave to a national newspaper, saying it is unfair for a lawyer who is a litigant in a case pending in court to hijack the power of a judge by declaring the President guilty of what he is accused of on the pages of newspapers.
He said: “Newspaper pages are not alternative courts where a lawyer can declare anybody guilty of anything when the court has not formally given a definitive judgment on an issue before it.”
He particularly faulted a situation where Nwokocha openly declared the President guilty when the court had yet to make such declaration. The presidential aide observed that gag orders emerged in the United States on account of lawyers’ inappropriate conduct on trying and convicting people on the pages of newspapers or the court of public opinion.
“Free speech is not synonymous with recklessness and wanton abuse of the rights other parties to a case in court.”
So does President Muhammadu Buhari have a WAEC certificate? The only thing anyone is able to confirm is that finding the truth in this dirty situation is only a matter of time.
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