The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has urged the International Police (INTERPOL) to immediately investigate and prosecute officials of the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) involved in issuing President Muhammadu Buhari ‘forged’ attestation certificate.
The main opposition party also called on the Nigeria Police to immediately invite Mr. President’s handlers for questioning over what it described as ‘huge national embarrassment’.
In a statement on Sunday by Kola Ologbondiyan, PDP National Publicity Secretary, the party lamented that the development has turned Nigeria into a laughing stock not only in the West African sub-region but also globally.
Last week, WAEC Registrar, Iyi Uwadiae, had presented attestation and confirmation certificate to President Buhari at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.
The President had come under criticism following his comments that his WAEC ceritficate was with the Military.
But according to the PDP Spokesperson, the current disagreement between the Presidency and WAEC over who initiated the attestation deal is a clear indication that something is fishy.
“Most appalling is that Mr. President’s handlers have succeeded in dragging a reputable institution as WAEC into public disrepute and opprobrium, as Nigerians are quick to demonstrate marks of forgery in the attestation issued by the examination body.
“A check on the attestation clearly shows that it does not have the “Original Certificate Number”, the key authentication feature in all genuine attestations by WAEC. Instead, a “non-applicable” is entered, indicating that the beneficiary does not have a certificate to be attested to, thus rendering the said attestation unauthenticated, fake and of no effect.
“Also, the attestation is for West African Senior School Certificate, which President Buhari couldn’t have sat for, given that the Senior School Certificate Examination was established only in the late 1980s.
“Does it not smack of high level scam that the same WAEC, which, in 2015, confirmed that it does not have records of President Buhari’s certificate, now had to send officials to present Mr. President with an attestation, that has no original certificate number?
“Moreover, by WAEC rules, attestations are only issued in the case of missing or destroyed certificate. Why then should the exam body issue an attestation to President Buhari, whose certificate, he claimed are with the military and not missing or destroyed?
“If not intended to circumvent the system and deceive Nigerians, why did President Buhari’s handlers chose to write to WAEC to issue an attestation when he, as the Commander-in-Chief, has the powers to direct the military to make available his credentials for all to see?” the statement reads.
It urged the Presidency to apologise to the nation, ‘having exhausted all gimmicks to mislead Nigerians’.
Source : BusinessDay
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