The Nigerian Army said it did not have the original, certified true copy or statement of results of retired Major General Muhammadu
the All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Candidate for the
February general elections.
Director of Army Public Relations, Brig-. Gen. Olajide Laleye, said this while briefing newsmen in Abuja on Tuesday.
said that the entry made on the Nigerian Army Form 199A at the point of
documentation after Buhari was commissioned as an officer, indicated
that the former Head of State obtained the West African School
Certificate (WASC) in 1961
“With credits in relevant subjects:
English Language, Geography, History, Health Science, Hausa and a pass
in English Literature.
“Neither the original copy, certified true
copy (CTC) nor statement of result of Major-.Gen. Mohammadu Buhari ‘s
WASC result is in his personal file.
Laleye said that the army
holds the retired senior officer in high esteem and respect and would
not be a party to any controversy surrounding his eligibility for any
He said that suffice to state that Buhari rose
steadily to the enviable rank of Major General before becoming the Head
of State of the country in December 1983.
“The media hype on the
retired Buhari’s credentials as well as numerous requests made by
individuals and cooperate bodies to the Nigerian Army on this issue have
necessitated that we provide the facts as contained in the retired
senior officer’s service records.
“Records available indicate that Buhari applied to join the military
as a form six student of the Provincial Secondary School, Katsina, on
Oct. 18, 1961.
“His application was duly endorsed by the principal
of the school, who also wrote a report on him and recommended him to be
suitable for military commission.
“It is a practice in the
Nigerian Army that before candidates are shortlisted for commissioning
into the officers’ cadre of the service, the selection board verifies
the original copies of credentials as presented.
“There is no available record to show that this process was followed in the 1960s,” Laleye said.
the recent CNN report concerning issues of kitting, equipment,
corruption and medical treatment, Laleye said there was no Army in the
world where personnel did not purchase additional uniforms and kits to
augment those officially assigned to them.
“Accordingly, the army has not failed to issue uniforms and kits to its personnel periodically.
other armies, the Nigerian Army has over the years, established
ordinance shops in all its barracks and cantonments where uniforms and
kits are sold at subsidised prices to its personnel from allowances
already provided in their pay slips.
“Similarly the Nigerian Army
has a very functional healthcare delivery system in the country. It
fully subscribes to the National Health Insurance scheme (NHIS) and this
is functional in all its health facilities.
The army spokesperson
said that the army had made undoubted operational gains in the
North-East of recent, thereby rubbishing the claim that Boko Haram had
He said that the CNN would do well if it beamed its
searchlight on the atrocities of Boko Haram terrorists against the
innocent and defenceless Nigerians, rather than the Nigerian Army.
Laleye said the army would remain focused on its mission to rid Nigeria of terrorism and insurgency.
that end, he said, the army had commenced the implementation of the
“extensive operational, administrative and logistical decisions” reached
during the 2014 Chief of Army staff Annual Conference.
He said in
no distant future, Nigerians would begin to see very positive results
in terms of security , particularly in the North-East and the nation.