Buhari has no certificate scandal, says Presidency


    The Presidency on Sunday declared that President Muhammadu Buhari has no
    certificate scandal.

    The Senior Special Assistant on media and publicity, Garba Shehu, was
    reacting to a report in a national newspaper on leaders with past certificate controversy.

    In the letter to the organization, Shehu wrote: “In reaction to your cover
    story this morning Sunday, March 26,2017, we wish to emphatically state
    that President Muhammadu Buhari does not fit into your categorization of
    leaders with certificate scandals because he bears none that is on
    available records.”

    “In the course of the contest for the office of the President in 2015, a
    number of wild, untrue and malicious allegations were made against him in
    order to stop him from contesting for the office in the election.

    “The issue of certificates was raised against him but the campaign
    successfully dealt with the allegations by providing evidence that not only
    was he qualified to run, he had a far higher academic qualification than is
    required by the constitution. As a result, he went on to run for the office
    and eventually win.

    “Since the purpose of the challenge was primarily to stop him from being a
    candidate in that election, the challengers either voluntarily withdrew or
    abandoned the cases soon after he won and all of them were subsequently
    struck off by the courts.

    “The President has no certificate case hanging on his neck. The Punch
    editors should kindly update their records to avoid making this repeated
    mistake,” he stated.