The Director of Public Relations of the Nigerian Army, Brig.-Gen. Olaleye Lajide, has dismissed reports in a section of the media claiming that the academic records of the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) is not in the army’s possession, describing the reports as false.
The military spokesperson made the disclosure while responding to a text message from SaharaReporters seeking clarification about the status of Mr. Buhari’s records.
In his response, Lajide affirmed that the Nigerian Army is in possession of all records of serving, retired and deceased officers since its inception. He added, however, that all military officers are supposed to keep original copies of their certificates.
According to him, in the event where an officer loses his or her original copy of records, the affected officer must officially apply for copies from the army – a request he noted, the army treats expeditiously.
Brig.-Gen. Lajide, who told SaharaReporters that he was once a Director of Records at the Nigerian Army Headquarters, disclosed that he had come across records of older and retired generals, adding that he was in no doubt that General Buhari’s records were intact.
He maintained that the claim in a section of the print media that the army could not locate Mr. Buhari’s record was untrue.