BUHARI NOT INVOLVED IN CERTIFICATE SCANDAL, PRESIDENCY REACTS TO REPORT

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[Abuja] The Presidency has denied reports which claimed that President Buhari is among those involved in certificate scandal.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, who reacted on behalf of the Presidency said this to  journalists in Abuja on Sunday.

The reaction was specifically in response to a report by The Punch titled “Prominent Nigerians with certificate scandals”, of which the President was included.

While Shehu admitted that the issue of certificate was raised against the President among other allegations ahead of the 2015 presidential election which he won, he added that the President does not belong to that category in which he was mentioned.

The statement read, “We wish to emphatically state that President Muhammadu Buhari does not fit into categorisation 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.”

Buhari; former President Goodluck Jonathan; former Senate President, Evans Enwerem; former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Salisu Buhari; Ekiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose; and a national leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, were listed among others in the publication.




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