For the umpteenth time, cringing issue of credentials presentation as regards political office-holders has reared its head and the number one citizen of Nigeria is the lead actor.
Many Nigerians wonder how and why their leader got enmeshed in this impasse which corrodes the country’s image. It seems more government officials are jumping on this bandwagon, perhaps inadvertently, which fuels doubts about their educational qualification to become or continue to be public officials.
The case of President Muhammadu Buhari is familiar; stones of accusation have been hurled at him for supposed bogus claim of undergoing WAEC assessment for secondary school leavers. Skewed narratives on the whereabout of his O-level certificate and discrepancies in the one presented have been widely termed ridiculous. But does this alleged gap in Buhari’s education in any way account for the performance of his administration thus far?
One of the major prerequisites of running for any public office herein is possession of a WAEC certificate or its equivalent, which is a testament to a candidate’s intellectual capability to meet the day-to-day demands of that position. Request for visual sighting of such is part and parcel of INEC’s standard operating procedure. Surprisingly, meeting this requirement has proved to be an onerous task for the Katsina-born army general turned politician since the 2015 general elections.
Untenable excuse of his WAEC certificate being with the military and retrieval of an “attestation certificate” from some WAEC chiefs in Nigeria However, there is a viral feedback from WAEC’s headquarters in Ghana that Muhammadu Buhari is unknown to the body are still far from cogent.
The presidency’s permission of just one media chat in almost four years and characteristic slow, reactive, prejudiced disposition to national matters somewhat adds validation to the skeptical school of thought.
Controversy on whether President Buhari is educated or not cascades to Nigeria’s well-being at large and somewhat mirrors the controversy in security, economy, education, and workers’ welfare besetting the nation at the moment. Nigerians die in their tens almost daily owing to Fulani herdsmen and Boko-Haram attacks. Delta State residents are present victims who decry how these herdsmen encroach on their farms with the irrational claim every land in Nigeria belongs to their kinsman President Buhari and would kill anyone who resists them.
Unemployment has skyrocketed, most companies complain of inclement economic weather; close to 50% of Nigerians grapple with poverty, a statistics that leaves Nigeria as World’s poverty headquarters. ASUU is on strike, because sufficient funds to shore up the country’s quality of education are not coming. A mere N30,000 minimum wage increase proposal by NLC has roused the debating skills of the government, which condones National Assembly members monthly going home with millions of naira.
President Buhari repeatedly assured Nigerians that all these would “Change” if elected but these clogs have festered and even degenerated from bad to worse. From the foregoing, deducing that the likely educational(cum intellectual) challenges of President Buhari may have contributed to his poor performance in office would be no crime against reason.
Needless to mention Donald Trump’s comment of having had a “lifeless” interaction with the president during his last visit to the White House. Admittedly, President Buhari-led government is adept at making promises but the deficiency in know-how of realising them brings to remembrance his WAEC certificate palaver.