WAEC issues ‘attestation certificate’ to Buhari
Dr Iyi Uwadiae presenting the attestation certificate to President Muhammad Buhari
-By Joseph Edun, ABH PRESS
President Muhammadu Buhari, Friday, in Abuja received the attestation and confirmation of his 1961 West African School Certificate (WASC) Examination result from the West African Examinations Council (WAEC).
The President was presented the documents at the State House by the Registrar of WAEC, Dr Iyi Uwadiae, who was accompanied by Olutise Adenipekun, Head, National Office, WAEC, Abiodun Aduloju, Head Public Affairs, WAEC and Olufemi Oke, Zonal Coordinator, WAEC Abuja during a courtesy visit to the president.
The President 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.
In his remarks, the 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 exams 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,’’ Dr Uwadiae said.
The President’s spokesperson, Femi Adesina, in a tweet from his verified handle said “WAEC presents attestation certificate and confirmation of school cert result to President Buhari. What will the naysayers say next?”
The President has been heavily criticised by opposition politicians and many other Nigerians after claiming in the forms he submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as the presidential candidate of the ruling APC that his school certificate is still with the military authorities.