The West African Examination Council (WAEC) said President Muhammadu Buhari applied for the certificate it issued him last week, contrary to claims by the Presidency that it was the exams body’s initiative.
“We would not have given him the document if he didn’t apply. It is only Buhari or a court that can ask for the results. There is no other person. So he asked for it,” WAEC’s spokesperson, Damianus Ojijeogu, told Sunday Punch in an interview.
The WAEC’s stance contradicted the position of Buhari’s senior special assistant on media and publicity, Garba Shehu, who said that it was the initiative of the exams body.
“No, the President did not apply for the documents. I made this clear in an opinion I wrote on Friday. The presentation of the documents to the President was strictly an initiative of WAEC,” Shehu said.
The exams body said in issuing an Attestation of Results to replace a lost or missing WAEC certificate, the subjects, where the candidate had F9, would no longer be captured.
“That is WAEC Twitter handle. It is correct,” Ojijeogu added, confirming the authenticity of the post on the handle.”
The certificate was presented to the Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, during a courtesy visit by a delegation of WAEC led by its Registrar, Dr. Iyi Uwadiae.
The issuance of the certificate to Buhari further generated controversy among Nigerian.
Buhari earlier claim in his details presented to the Independent National Electoral Commission that his credentials were with the Military Board.
The board had subsequently declared the President’s certificate missing, hence the need for him to get an attestation and a confirmation.