In 2015 election, what sold President Buhari to Nigerians is his integrity. Buhari is a person of integrity, he would put security first, fight corruption and improve the living conditions of Nigerians. He would not misappropriate Nigerian money and would fight those who did. Armed with the belief, Nigerians voted massively to put Buhari to power.
Buhari couldn’t show his certificate, Nigerians didn’t bother and would accept Buhari even if he presented any cooked certificate. They were not disturbed as long as Buhari will pursue anti- corruption, economy and insecurity with vigour. President Buhari got into office with an overwhelming support from the people. Not long after his inauguration that Buhari started using the media to pursue those he percieved as being corrupt who are mainly from the opposition party while looking away from the corruption cases that affect his fellow party men.
In his inaugural speech, Buhari said, “The country now expects the judiciary to act with dispatch on all cases especially on corruption, serious financial crimes or abuse of office”. The people taken to the courts are mainly members of the opposition party. No case has been substantially tried. No judgement has been substantially given. To his credit, many corrupt people returned some money in their possesion and others are tracked.
In appointments, most of his appointees are from his northern region. Apart from constitutional strictly required appointments, majority of the ministers would have come from the north. He has institutionalised nepotisim.
He promised to deliver on three goals of security, economy and anti-corruption. The security situation of the country has been abysmal. There have been series of mass killings and many of the killers have gone unapprehended. The economy has failed which led to high unemployment rate, increase in poverty rate, stifling of economic progress. Under the President Buhari’s watch, a lot of misappropriations are going on unchecked.
President Buhari made himself the Minister of Petroleum, personally overseeing the affairs of the ministry. Buhari said he does not know what subsidy means, raised the pump price in a move to remove subsidy payments but beneath the view of Nigerians, subsidy payments are made.
In an exclusive findings by the Premium Times, “the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has a $3.5 billion subsidy fund it is spending without appropriation by the National Assembly” But the “NNPC said it had no such fund in its custody. Rather, it said it has a $1.05 billion fund it is using to stabilise petrol supply and distribution in the country” which was “sourced from the NLNG dividend fund”.
Buhari’s administration has single handedly without required consultation with states and the National Assembly spent the funds that are supposed to be paid into the Consolidated Revenue Fund of the Federation. Lawmakers say by his action, this is an impeachable offense.
2019 elections is three months away, President Buhari began selling himself again as Mr. Integrity believing the masses will be hoodwinked again. The people have seen beyond mr. integrity. They demanded he submit his certificate, seeing he cannot win with his excuse of the military holding his certicate; “All my academic qualification documents as filled in my Presidential form, APC/001/2015, are currently with the Secretary of the Military Board as of the time of this affidavit.”Buhari said, a claim he used in 2015 repeated in 2018. “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 that are presented. However, there is no available record to show that this process was followed in the 1960s.” a former army spokesperson, Olajide Olaleye, had said.
Section 131 of the 1999 Constitution says, “A person shall be qualified for election to the office of President if he has been educated up to at least school certificate level or its equivalent,”. Seeing Nigerians are not buying his excuse, Buhari went to West African Examination Council (WAEC) to obtain an attestation certicate.
In 2015, Government College, formerly Provincial Secondary School, Katsina released Mr. Buhari’s secondary school certificate examination results. This was challenged in the court as the authenticity of the result was not believed. Buhari was said to be unqualified to be Nigeria’s President, due to the fact that he has no valid WASC certificate. To defend himself, Buhari hired 13 Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SAN) rather than present original certificate.
Even as he is presented with his WAEC attestation with media coverage amidst cheers, smiling and clapping by his aides, Nigerians still did not believe the attestation.
Junaid Mohammed as reported by Daily Post said, “They are taking a lot of things and Nigerians for granted, I read that the certificate allegedly presented to Buhari carried the heading Ministry of Education, Katsina State, as at the time Buhari took his school certificate examination it was Ministry of Education for Northern Nigeria so I don’t know how you can now kick that backward”. “If indeed he has gone to secondary school like he had said, all he needed was a testimonial stating that he was in Katsina provincial college between 19 this to 19 that, a testimonial that he had gone through the chain of secondary school”. He continued, “Absolutely, it’s a charade which started before 2015, he can’t be the only person who had gone to school but did not pass some of his papers but he should tell the people the truth because what we want to know is the sincerity of the man we have chosen to be our leader and that is the end of the story.”
President Buhari should run for his re-election based on what he has managed to achieve. But where he failed in his three point agenda, he should not be rewarded for failing. His integrity is also in question.
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