Certificate Saga: Buhari Must Defend Himself Against Allegations Of Fraud And Perjury – Okupe


Just when Nigerians are starting to move on from the certificate saga that the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Muhammadu Buhari, has had to battle with in recent weeks, the Special Assistant to the President on Public Affairs, Dr. Doyin Okupe, has advised the former head of state to stop taking Nigerians for granted and show some leadership qualities by taking personal responsibility for clearing his name of charges of forgery and lying on oath.

Speaking in Abuja, Okupe noted that “it is inconceivable that allegations as weighty as forgery and perjury will be made against the person of a retired General and a former Head of State without him deeming it necessary to conclusively debunk such allegations but would rather pass the buck to other persons or organisations.

“We consider this as an unstatesmanlike assault on the intelligence of Nigerians and it represents the greatest challenge between General Buhari and the office he seeks to occupy,” said Okupe.


He recalled that Buhari had, in the last few weeks, domiciled the custody of his secondary school certificate in three different quarters namely; the Military Board, his former secondary school and now the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

“Unfortunately for the APC candidate, the Examinations body, WAEC, which has the final say on this issue, has also recently declared that it does NOT have any records of Buhari’s secondary school certificate just as the Military authorities did.

“Nigerians will also recall that despite Gen. Buhari’s sordid past and shoddy performance while in Government as Military Head of State and Chairman of the Petroleum Trust Fund, the only two factors which his propagandists have hinged his candidacy on, are his supposed incorruptibility and integrity.

“While the report of the Haroun Adamu committee on the mismanagement of a sum of 25 billion Naira at the PTF has completely wiped off the vaunted incorruptibility, the General’s integrity credentials is being threatened by this odious certificate issue. It has, therefore, become imperative for him to quickly put an end to this unnecessary and inexplicable certificate controversies; otherwise the only remaining leg on which he is supposedly standing may be fatally destroyed,” Okupe said.

“It does not show any potential of responsible leadership on the part of those who want to lead Africa’s most populous nation to shun accountability on their personal credential. This tends to suggest that the APC change slogan is cosmetic, puerile and deceitful,” the statement concluded.


  1. If to say na the ordinary poor man wey no fit tender im school cert, him for don land inside kirikiri. If to say na PDP candidate wey dey guilty as the General, APC through Amaechi and Tinubu for don enter inside SPACE and other PLANETS to make dem points. See as dem all keep quiet.

  2. Okupe, tell jonathan your president to counter obasanjos claim that he does not have a PHD degree and PDP covered him up. Tell him to give account of our 20billion dollars stolen for him by NNPC and to account for the billions spent on power and the power situation has gotten worse. General minimah anbd his cohorts are complicit for removing GMB certificate from file, but thank God that the school has produced the certified copies. we are not interested, we just want to vote the incompetent GEJ out on Feb 14.

  3. All these things you are allegating on our great General muhammadu Buhari will not make any impact,and in case if you don’t know your so called BADLUCK JONA is not competent enough to continue to lead this great nation(Nigeria) any more,apart from blood shed and killing innocent poor people what is there so important that this incompetent badluck brought to Nigeria…


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