President Muhammadu Buhari, Friday, in Abuja received the attestation and confirmation of his 1961 West African School Certificate (WASC) Examination result from the West African Examinations Council (WAEC).
WAEC Registrar, Dr Iyi Uwadiae, accompanied by Olutise Adenipekun, Head, National Office, WAEC, Abiodun Aduloju, Head Public Affairs, WAEC and Olufemi Oke, Zonal Coordinator, WAEC Abuja during a courtesy visit presented the documents to the President at State House.
The President was thankful to the examination board for upholding its integrity over the years, adding that he did not expect anything less from the institution.
He said it would not have been possible for him to have attended the Defence Services Staff College, India (1973) and thereafter, United States Army War College, as a Nigerian military officer, if he had not sat for the WASC examinations in 1961.
Buhari recounted that during his secondary school days, exam malpractices were very rare but not impossible.
”My colleagues and I who spent close to nine years in boarding school both in primary and secondary, including Gen. Musa Yar’Adua, when we intended to join the military we had to take a military examination.
”We were examined in three subjects, English, Mathematics and General Knowledge because English is the language for general instruction throughout the country because of our colonial heritage.
”Mathematics in the military was necessary, coupled with Geography. We were trained how to be dropped off in the bush, given only a pair of compass and since we were not astronomers, you have to learn to find your way, calculate, using the Pythagoras Theorem and others to work out your position,” he said.
In his remarks, the registrar said candidates could lose their examination certificates through fire and any other unfortunate incident. That is the reason we do not issue certificate twice rather we issue attestations or duplicate copy of certificates.
We always keep records in our database regardless of when you sat for the examination.
”We also have what we refer to as confirmation; usually, universities were using this in those days when Information Technology was not in vogue.
”Whoever sat for WASC exams in whatever year, we have the records in our database, and Mr President, we have the records of the examinations you sat in 1961.
”We have the attestation of results which we issue to candidates who lost their certificates and confirmation of results,’’ Dr Uwadiae said.
Reacting to the development, Fani-Kayode congratulated Buhari for receiving his certificate.
In a tweet, he wrote: “I congratulate President Muhammadu Buhari on his ‘attestation’ certificate. Now can we see the real one?”
Buhari’s spokesperson, Femi Adesina had made the disclosure via his Twitter handle, on Friday.
“WAEC presents attestation certificate and confirmation of school cert result to President Buhari. What will the naysayers say next?,” Adesina had tweeted.
A former aide to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, Reno Omokri has reacted as President Buhari received the attestation certificate and confirmation of school certificate result from the West African Examination Council, WAEC.
However, Omokri described the development as “Army arrangement”.
In a tweet, the former Presidential aide stated that the action was suspicious.
He tweeted: “Dear @FemAdesina,
“Most suspicious. @MBuhari claimed his certificate was with the army. The army denied being in receipt of his certificate and now @waecnigeria produces a result 4 months to election? What is the name of that Fela song? ‘Army Arrangement’.