Stop politi­cis­ing PMB’s cer­tifi­cate

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af­ter pro­pa­ganda. From “Buhari will Is­lamize Nige­ria” to” Buhari is ter­mi­nally ill”, to” Buhari has no cer­tifi­cate”. All of their pro­pa­ganda fell flat on their faces.

Now that elec­tions are around the corner, they have resur­faced again with the “Buhari has no cer­tifi­cate “pro­pa­ganda. It will be a com­plete waste of ef­fort this time as this elec­tion is go­ing to be about is­sues and not pro­pa­ganda. The elec­tion is go­ing to be about track records of the dif­fer­ent par­ties while in of­fice.

The peo­ple are go­ing to be com­par­ing the roads now and then they will com­pare power sup­ply now and then. The par­ents of the over 7 mil­lion schools pupils be­ing fed ev­ery school day will com­pare now and then. The over one mil­lion most vul­ner­a­ble poor­est of the poor amongst us re­ceiv­ing N5000 con­di­tional cash trans­fer ev­ery month, the over half a mil­lion grad­u­ates re­ceiv­ing N30,000 ev­ery month, all of these peo­ple will com­pare the party in power now with the per­for­mance of those who left power in 2015. These are what the Nige­rian peo­ple will be dis­cussing in 2019 not some mun­dane pro­pa­ganda spon­sored by some failed politi­cians who squan­dered the op­por­tu­nity to bet­ter the lot of the peo­ple whilst they were in power.

Let me also use this op­por­tu­nity to dis­miss their lies. The con­sti­tu­tional re­quire­ments to run for of­fice of the pres­i­dent are very clear and un­am­bigu­ous. Pres­i­dent Buhari’s for­mer school, Gov­ern­ment Col­lege, for­merly Provin­cial Secondary School Katsina re­leased a state­ment that Buhari ac­tu­ally grad­u­ated from the school and that he wrote the School cer­tifi­cate Ex­am­i­na­tion there. The school later went ahead to re­lease the re­sult to the pub­lic, in­clud­ing a copy of the re­sult spread sheet show­ing other can­di­dates who sat for same exam with their re­sults as well. So what other ev­i­dence would the de­trac­tors of the Pres­i­dent re­quire be­fore they are sat­is­fied?

It is out­right ridicu­lous and very mis­chievous to claim that Pres­i­dent Buhari isn’t ed­u­cated up to school cer­tifi­cate level. There are those who be­lieve that the PDP might have spon­sored some peo­ple to tam­per with Pres­i­dent Buhari’s doc­u­ments with the army. If not, how could this sud­denly just be an is­sue in 2015. The same forms he sub­mit­ted to INEC 2003, 2007 and 2011 and this is­sue was not raised, then sud­denly in 2015 his doc­u­ments were miss­ing. I am tend­ing to be­lieve in this line of thought by now. If not, how do you con­fi­dently wake up and then start ac­cus­ing a re­tired gen­eral of the Nige­rian Army that he didn’t at­tend secondary school. There must be some­thing in­form­ing such con­fi­dence may be they know some­thing we don’t know.

In 2015 whilst Pres­i­dent Buhari and his party were out there cam­paign­ing, telling the peo­ple what they will do, I re­mem­ber Fani Kay­ode and his fel­low party man, Ayo Fayose were busy sell­ing pro­pa­ganda to the peo­ple call­ing Buhari all sorts of names. Rather than tell the peo­ple what they have done and what they in­tend to do bet­ter they rather pre­ferred abuse and pro­pa­ganda. We all saw what the out­come was, Pres­i­dent Buhari trumped them at the polls with a wide mar­gin. The Nige­rian peo­ple will have none of their non­sense any more.

The same thing is al­ready play­ing out now. Pres­i­dent Buhari as usual will not join is­sues with any­body. He has been fo­cused on the job at hand, com­mis­sion­ing projects up and about the whole coun­try, on the other hand those who are chal­leng­ing to take over are not telling Nige­ri­ans what they will do bet­ter but want to start the non­sense they did the other time and lost, again. The pro­pa­ganda that could not save them whilst in power is not likely to get them back to power now that they are out. Nige­ri­ans are in­ter­ested in real is­sues that af­fect them daily. Not mun­dane pro­pa­ganda about Pres­i­dent Buhari’s health or cer­tifi­cate.

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