With the presidential election just around the corner, one of the most unsettled questions the generality of the public has been asking about All Progressive Congress’ (APC) presidential candidate: Gen Muhammadu Buhari, has at least received some degree of satisfactory response. Very recently, the media had been saturated with the question: where is Gen Muhammadu Buhari’s academic result? a question that had received vague and inconclusive answer.
However, Government College Katsina which was formerly known as Provincial Secondary School, Katsina; the secondary school that Gen Muhammadu Buhari passed out from in 1961, has just released his West African School Certificate (WASC) examination results.
Premium Times retrieved the computer printout of the WASC result including the statement of result, printed on the letter headed paper of the Katsina State Ministry of Education, duly signed by the current principal of Katsina College and was dated January, 21st 2015, contains proof that Gen Buhari actually took part in the West African School Certificate Examinations in 1961 in which he achieved up to 5 credits in courses that included English Language, History, Geography, Hausa and Health Science.
The details of the result indicate that Gen Buhari passed his Literature in English but failed to pass Mathematics and Wood work. Other details on the document include Buhari’s examination centre number (8280), candidate number (002) and the date of the examination.
It would be recalled that the question of Buhari’s result had been surrounded by controversies which were not aided by the fact that the Nigerian Army went back on their word after claiming that they had copies of Gen Buhari’s academic certificate. Buhari had earlier stated that he lost his original documents but that the Nigerian Army had the copies of his results.
However, in a counter statement issued by the Army on the whereabouts of Buhari’s academic record, the spokesperson of the Nigerian Army said “Neither the original copy, certified true copy (CTC) nor statement of result of Major-.Gen. Mohammadu Buhari‘s WASC result is in his personal file.”
The spokesperson went on to suggest that there was no record that shows that verification of short-listed candidates’ documents: a process that is carried out by the selection board before the final selection of candidates into the military to determine the authenticity of their credentials was being followed in the 1960s.
The news had come as a shock to the General who had stressed that he sat for WASC with late Shehu Musa Yar’adua, and Umar Abdullahi, a former President of the Court of Appeal and that his credentials were with the Nigerian Army since he misplaced his original copies
He blamed the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for inciting controversy and trying to shift the focus of the election campaign which he stated should not be based on his 53-year-old certificate but on the ever-growing rate of corruption, youth unemployment and insecurity and all its bitter consequences the nation is facing.