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Nigerian Army Releases Statement on Gen. Muhammadu Buhari’s Credentials | Addresses CNN’s Report on ‘The Battle against Boko Haram’



Buhari 2015 BN 8The Nigerian Army has released a press statement about the controversy surrounding Gen. Muhammadu Buhari’s credentials with the Army stating that it is not in their possession or in his personal file.

The Nigerian Army also addressed the report from CNN a few days ago titled ‘The Battle against Boko Haram’

Read the press release below!

Gentlemen of the Press, I am pleased to welcome everyone back from the Christmas and the 2015 New Year festivities. On behalf of the Chief of Army Staff, officers and soldiers of the Nigerian Army, I wish you all a happy and more fulfilling 2015. Since our last media briefing on 31 December, 2014, some issues relating to the Nigerian Army have occurred and this briefing is holding specifically to address them.

I will begin with the Major General Muhammadu Buhari certificate controversy.

Gentlemen, 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. Suffice to state that Major General Buhari rose steadily to the enviable rank of Major General before becoming the Head of State of our dear country in December 1983.

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

Records available indicate that Major General M Buhari applied to join the military as a Form Six student of the Provincial Secondary School, Katsina on 18 Oct 61. 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.

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

Nevertheless, the entry made on the NA Form 199A at the point of documentation after commission as an officer indicated that the former Head of State obtained the West African School Certificate (WASC) in 1961 with credits in relevant subjects: English Language, Geography, History, Health Science, Hausa and a pass in English Literature. Neither the original copy, Certified True Copy (CTC) nor statement of result of Major General M Buhari’s WASC result is in his personal file.

I hope this explanation will put to rest the raging controversy surrounding the secondary school credentials of Major General Mohammed Buhari as it affects the Nigerian Army.

I will also seize this opportunity to make some observations on the recent CNN report titled ‘The Battle Against Boko Haram’, which was aired a few days ago. I believe we all hold the CNN in high esteem. However, CNN’s report on issues concerning kitting, equipment, medical treatment and corruption in the Nigerian Army is perhaps the best example of a media house’s show of bias, ignorance, poor journalism, unprofessionalism and handiwork of a sponsored documentary. Let me start with kitting. It would interest you to know that there is no Army in the world where personnel do not purchase additional uniforms and kits to augment those officially issued to them. Accordingly, the Nigerian Army without fail issues uniforms and kits to its personnel periodically.

Like other armies, the NA has over the years, established ordnance shops in all its barracks and cantonments where uniforms and kits are sold at subsidized prices to its personnel from allowances already provided in their pay slips. Similarly, you will agree with me that the NA has a very functional health care delivery system in the country. There is no barrack or cantonment that does not have at least one Medical Inspection Room, Medical Reception Station or Medical Hospital.

The NA fully subscribes to the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) and this is functional in all its health facilities. Specifically, personnel in the North East have the best medical treatment in that the various health facilities in all the barracks and cantonments are well equipped. Notwithstanding this, personnel with extensive injuries are evacuated to the 44 Nigerian Army Reference Hospital Kaduna (44 NARHK), while others are promptly flown abroad for medical treatment. Therefore, issue of a soldier of the NA paying for treatment and drugs covered by the NHIS is absurd. The Nigerian Army’s undoubted operational gains in the North East of recent, have rubbished the claim of Boko Haram out-gunning the NA.

The CNN would do well to beam its searchlight on the atrocities of Boko Haram terrorists against innocent and defenseless Nigerians rather than the NA. Equally, the NA in the past had requested severally that any evidence of corruption in the NA should be reported to the appropriate authority. Till date, no such evidence has been forwarded but rather all we see and hear are sweeping statement of the purported corruption in the NA. In the case of Nick Robertson, his leading questions and introduction of the word ‘corruption’ to the unknown person purported to be a soldier of the NA was most unprofessional and merely justifies a paid exercise. The CNN in the past have interviewed authorised personnel of other countries’ armies and not unauthorized hooded criminals to speak to the media.

The CNN knows very well how to contact the relevant offices to clarify issues concerning the NA but chooses rather to conduct a clandestine interview in a kiosk with a faceless person and a masked individual who obviously know nothing about the NA.

Finally, the Nigerian Army wishes to state that it will remain focused on its mission to rid Nigeria of terrorism and insurgency. To that end, it has commenced the implementation of the extensive operational, administrative and logistical decisions reached during 2014 COAS Annual Conference. In no distant future, law abiding Nigerians will begin to see very positive results in terms of security, particularly in the North East and our dear nation generally. Before I depart, I once again seize this opportunity to reiterate the NA’s unalloyed loyalty and subordination to civil authority as presided over by His Excellency, President and Commander – in – Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan GCFR.

The Nigerian Army also wishes to emphasize its adherence to the principles and respect of human rights in the discharge of its constitutional duties. It further calls on everyone to remain vigilant and report any suspected breach of the peace to security agencies.

Thank you and God Bless.


  1. Missy J

    January 20, 2015 at 4:53 pm

    What ever certificate Gen. Buhari presented that made him eligible to contest in the last two elections should be presented again and as Nigeria didn’t see a problem with it then they shouldn’t now. Is that so difficult or am I missing something?

    Meanwhile…Who has listened to Woju by Kiss Daniel??Ewwwoooo my body just dey do me like sugar factory as I dey listen to am. He so cuteee and his voice!! Korede Bello should watch.

    • Scareface

      January 20, 2015 at 7:34 pm

      You’re spot on dear. Lovely song, thanks, jamming home with that…. Odikwa tight!

    • Scareface

      January 20, 2015 at 8:16 pm

      Noticed i didn’t bother to read that crap by them politheives? One has no shoes, has a certificate which i may add is irrelevant as clearly seen by all, the other- well i rest my case.
      If they are our next Presidents, guess am moving to Angola, N- nigeria seems to be going back in time.

    • slice

      January 20, 2015 at 8:22 pm

      Na lie o. Make him bring paper. See when u seize power who cares abt credentials. But this is democracy. Buhari where is the paper. If u didn’t garduate, pls step down and don’t try to force the county into civil war. Buhari where is ya certificate

  2. uju

    January 20, 2015 at 5:07 pm

    He looks good in his igbo attire though…..waec or no waec

  3. Guess

    January 20, 2015 at 5:15 pm

    Regarding the Mr. Nic Robertson CNN report titled Exclusive : Nigerian soldiers discuss Boko Haram fight. I choose to believe the story that Nigerian Army are corrupted and not using the appropriated funds the way the funds are meant to be spend within the Army. The soldiers clearly don’t feel free to speak out for free of being reprimanded which is why no one has come forward. CNN is a reputable organization that are usually fair in their reports.
    Additionally Mr. Nic Robertson is an award winning journalist who has been recognized over the years for his work.

  4. @edDREAMZ

    January 20, 2015 at 5:22 pm

    Who cares…..??? Buhari for president, so haters go chop poison and die…..

  5. J3nnif3r

    January 20, 2015 at 5:40 pm

    Regarding the CNN report, I knew something wasn’t right…… CNN always like to discredit Nigerians… CNN style of report especially to Africans is biased.

    • Guess

      January 20, 2015 at 10:54 pm

      It’s no secret that Nigerian Government is corrupted. We need to stop turning blind eye and defending such act. Rather let’s begin to call them out and ask those uncomfortable questions.
      If we are to be honest with ourselves, we can admit that we see that this boldness of elected officials stealing monies (that are appropriated for the development of our states for their personal use). I mean they are not hiding it. But for Cross River State – Calabar, Akwa Ibom States and already developed states like Lagos and Abuja which some roads still needs development. What are the rest of the Governors (of other states )doing with the appropriated funds given to their states? Why are they not developing their states?
      I can list a few areas here that are pettiful to say the least, Abia State (Aba, Umuahia etc,); River State (Port Harcourt etc roads all run down), lack of affordable housing in Abuja. This is to name a few.
      CNN has nothing to gain in accusing Nigeria or any other country for that matter. The report what they see…Period.
      If don’t like what is reported about our country then let’s change it….Rather than getting defensive when the sad truth is told about Nigeria.

    • Politbru

      January 21, 2015 at 8:39 am

      You obviously have not traveled around Nigeria. You based your comments on media reports which may not be a true representation of facts on ground. The developments and infrastructure in all your supposedly developed cities were all influenced by the federal govt. whilst these cities (Lagos and Abuja) enjoyed the fed. capital status. Obviously the private sector latching on those infrastructure moved in and the resultant pull of job seekers. Obviously they rake in more tax than the other states you presume are backward. Again, so many people in the Lagos axis would be shocked at the level of development in some remote regions of the country. Corruption is rife in Nigeria but not only in the domain of govts. There is corruption in the private sector, in schools, in the market etc. The problem with us as a people is that we lay so much emphasis on MONEY and material things as an END rather than means to that end.

  6. NagosBigBoi

    January 20, 2015 at 5:53 pm

    Kudos to whoever wrote this statement! This is the way to address these issues, with factual statements that can verified (oga General olukolade take note).
    Two-thirds of it makes perfect sense. However, when you start to castigate CNN and talk about no evidence of corruption, you lost me. When the president says that there is no corruption, how can you guys say different? You go call oga at the very top liar?

  7. NaijaPikin

    January 20, 2015 at 6:08 pm

    This is what happens when naija refuses to move to electronic medical records. Things like this will still happen in the future. When even naija embassy in yankee is still collecting information on paper and filling out information in higher education notebook.

    With all the wars, fires, etc that has happened in naija, I’m not suprised that the older generation don’t have original birth certificates, schools certificates, etc. We have seen a problem, rather than address the underlying issue to provent it from happeneing again, we are here going around in circles.

    Exactly how was Buhari confirmed to run in the past 2 elections? They should follow the same process.

    • bonkket

      January 21, 2015 at 12:53 am

      The previous electoral act didn’t require one to present his/her certificates, however, the electoral act 2011 amended requires that you not only state your qualification, but also append the copies. Buhari claimed to have WASC , didn’t provide the WASC cert, rather provided an afidavit that his records are with the military board

  8. imose

    January 20, 2015 at 7:53 pm

    Story story….

    • Passerby

      January 20, 2015 at 9:08 pm

      But a relevant one..

  9. amh

    January 20, 2015 at 8:59 pm

    Spineless jonathan pls pack your bags.

  10. el patron

    January 20, 2015 at 10:10 pm

    burrrrr…this guy was a former major general in the Nigerian Army..that should count for some education.. since now NDA is an equivalent to university bsc.. cut this guy some slack and lets face the issue at hand.
    jonathan with his PHd doesn’t behave like someone that passed through the four walls of a school.

  11. mabel

    January 21, 2015 at 7:56 am

    Please let’s not make this a Buhari issue. If what majority of you here are saying is that it’s ok then be prepared. This precedent you are setting. So at last, the year 2015 when educated Nigerians plus uneducated ones agree that basic school cert shouldn’t matter. Please let’s make sure our reps at the national assembly pass this bill o. Not only at the political level but also at our place of work. Whatever is good for Buhari is also good for the rest of Nigeria too. CHANGE indeed.

  12. Politbru

    January 21, 2015 at 8:12 am

    Nigerians in a bid to score cheap political points, destroy their own very essence before international media like the CNN. When Africa is involved, they dramatize scenes to support their lies. There was a false news some years ago on CNN meant to embarrass the govt. with a video evidence featuring militants which was discovered to have been dramatized. The funny thing is that they view us in the same manner they view our govt.

  13. Dr Kato

    January 21, 2015 at 9:06 am

    I am shocked by the inefficiencies of the INEC. Buhari has contested for the position of President twice before now without any question about his constitutional compliance. The constitution of our country require a presidential candidate to have a minimum of Ordinary level Secondary School Certificate. How and why did Buhari contest twice before now without the proof of his educational suitability? Why is that INEC is only just realising now that the man does not meet the constitutional required standard to stand for election? This is a massive constitutional law issue. If for instance, Buhari wins the election, the court may dethrone him and that will cause extensive violence in the country. On the other hand, if Buhari wins and is allowed to rule the country, then the !999 Federal Constitution is as good as a toilet tissue paper. Please, let the APC convene an emergency meeting to resolve this dangerous issue. Dr. Kato Gogo Kingston, PhD (East London), LLM, MA, PGDipL, PGDip, PGCert, GDip., LLB(Hons), B.ED(Hons) = Lawyer and Forensic Criminologist =

  14. Waheed ajasa

    January 21, 2015 at 10:01 am

    Bihari is the change we want. We need Leader that is a manager Not Graduate with Phd in corruption

  15. omooba

    January 21, 2015 at 1:03 pm

    @Edwin,you re here too?Thumbs up….up Buhari….

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