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'No records suggest Buhari was in Army'

20 January 2015, 21:38

Abuja - The Army said it had no record presidential aspirant, Muhammadu Buhari served in the military.

Director Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Olajide Laleye, said the army had neither the original copy, Certified True Copy (CTC) nor statement of result of Buhari's West Africa School Certificate (WASC) result is in his personal file.

"Let me state clearly that the Nigerian Army holds the retired senior officer in very high esteem and respect and would not be a party to any controversy surrounding his eligibility for any political office,” Laleye said.

He said the media hype on Buhari’s credentials as well as the numerous requests made by individuals and corporate bodies to the Nigerian Army on this issue had necessitated that we provide the facts as contained in the retired senior officer’s service record.

Army records, he said, available indicate Buhari applied to join the military as a Form Six student of the Provincial Secondary School, Katsina on 18 October 1961.

Also read: Buhari reveals why he is not attacking Jonathan's personality

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 NA 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, the army spokesperson.

Laleye added that there is no available record to show that this process was followed in the 1960s.

He said the Army hoped the explanation would put to rest the raging controversy surrounding the secondary school credentials of Major General Mohammed Buhari as it affects the Nigerian Army.

Buhari is the main challenger to incumbent, President Goodluck Jonathan.

- CAJ News


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