WAEC con­firms Buhari’s WASC re­sult

…Pres­i­dency, WAEC de­ceiv­ing Nige­ri­ans – PDP

Weekly Trust - - Front Page - Is­mail Mu­dashir

The West African Ex­am­i­na­tions Coun­cil (WAEC) has con­firmed that Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari sat for the West African School Cer­tifi­cate (WASC) in 1961, for which it yes­ter­day is­sued the pres­i­dent an at­tes­ta­tion and con­fir­ma­tion of his ex­am­i­na­tion re­sult.

A del­e­ga­tion from WAEC led by its Reg­is­trar, Dr Iyi Uwa­diae, ac­com­pa­nied by Olutise Adenipekun, the Head, Na­tional Of­fice of WAEC, Abio­dun Adu­loju, Head Pub­lic Af­fairs, WAEC and Olufemi Oke, Zonal Co­or­di­na­tor, WAEC Abuja pre­sented the cer­tifi­cate to the Pres­i­dent at the State House Villa, Abuja

The lat­est wave of con­tro­versy trail­ing the pres­i­dent’s cer­tifi­cate started last week­end fol­low­ing an af­fi­davit he sub­mit­ted to the INEC for next year’s elec­tion.

The WAEC Reg­is­trar said it was pos­si­ble for can­di­dates to lose their ex­am­i­na­tion cer­tifi­cates through fire and any other un­for­tu­nate in­ci­dent.

‘’We don’t is­sue cer­tifi­cates twice but we can is­sue at­tes­ta­tions or du­pli­cate copy of the cer­tifi­cate. 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 ex­am­i­na­tions 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,’’ Uwa­diae said.

Re­spond­ing, the pres­i­dent thanked 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 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.

The pres­i­dent re­counted that dur­ing his sec­ondary school days, it was very dif­fi­cult to com­mit ex­am­i­na­tion fraud, even though it was 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.,’’ he was quoted in a state­ment by his spokesper­son, Femi Adesina.

Photo: NAN

Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari re­ceives his West African Ex­am­i­na­tions Coun­cil (WAEC) at­tes­ta­tion and con­fir­ma­tion of re­sult from WAEC Reg­is­trar, Dr. Iyi Uwa­diae at the Pres­i­den­tial Villa in Abuja yes­ter­day

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