Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has again failed to submit his academic records ahead of the 2019 elections.
President Buhari’s academic credentials are not contained in his personal documents submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), according to PUNCH.
Africa News 24 reports that all the aspirants seeking elective positions in the country ought to submit certain documents, including their academic credentials, to the commission.
However, President Buhari, a former head of state, was quoted to have said his academic records are with the military board.
In an affidavit, the President was quoted as saying: “I am the above named person and the deponent of this affidavit herein.
“All my academic qualification documents as filled in my Presidential form, APC/001/2015 are currently with the Secretary of the Military Board as of the time of this affidavit.”
Africa News 24 recalls that Buhari tendered the same submission in the build up of the 2015 elections but the military had denied being in possession of the academic credentials.
The then director of army public relations, Olajide Laleye, had said: “Records available indicate that Major General M Buhari applied to join the military as a Form Six student of the Provincial Secondary School, Katsina on 18 Oct 61.
“His application was duly endorsed by the Principal of the school, who also wrote a report on him and recommended him to be suitable for military commission.
“It is a practice in the NA that before candidates are shortlisted for commissioning into the officers’ cadre of the Service, the Selection Board verifies the original copies of credentials that are presented. However, there is no available record to show that this process was followed in the 1960s.”
President Buhari had responded by saying the army’s position was mischievous.