Speaking to Saturday Tribune on phone, the National Publicity Secretary of the ruling party, Lanre Isa-Onilu, said INEC had never expressed doubt about the claim made by President Buhari in the affidavit attached to his personal particulars submitted to the electoral body that his original WASC certificate was with the Military Board.
He said: “We don’t need to submit to INEC. INEC has never expressed reservations about the documents that President Muhammadu Buhari attached to his personal particulars. Now that WAEC has issued Mr President his certificate, any of the Doubting Thomases can approach the body (WAEC) for authentication or clarification.”
The president had been widely reported not to possess the certificate following his inability to submit it to INEC for the purpose of election.
But his special adviser on media and publicity, Femi Adesina, disclosed on Friday that the president now had an attestation to the certificate from WAEC.
He said Buhari received the attestation certificate and confirmation of school certificate result from the examination body on Friday.
In a tweet on his Twitter handle @FemiAdesina, he said: “WAEC presents attestation certificate and confirmation of school cert result to President Buhari. What will the naysayers say next?”
In an official statement released later, the Presidency said the documents were presented to the president at the State House, Abuja, during a courtesy visit by a delegation from WAEC led by the body’s Registrar, Dr Iyi Uwadiae.
Also on the delegation were Olutise Adenipekun, Head, National Office, WAEC; Abiodun Aduloju, Head Public Affairs, WAEC and Olufemi Oke, Zonal Coordinator, WAEC, Abuja.
Signed by Adesina, the statement said the president thanked the examination board, established in 1952 to conduct the WASC examination for university and JAMB entry examination in West African countries, for upholding its integrity over the years, adding that he did not expect anything less from the institution.
According to the statement, the president said it would have been impossible 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 didn’t sit for the WASC examinations in 1961.
I spent 9 years in primary, secondary schools –Buhari
The President recounted that during his secondary school days, it was very difficult to commit examination fraud, even though it was not impossible.
It quoted the president as saying: “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.