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We Dont Have Buhari's Credentials- Nigeria Army (Official Statement)

The Nigerian Army has in an official
statement said they are not in possession of
the original or copies of the credentials of the
presidential candidate of the APC, Maj. Gen.

Muhammadu Buhari. The Director, Army
Public Relations, Brig, Gen O. Laleye said this
when he addressed news men at a press
conference in Abuja today Jan. 20th.

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
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

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

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

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.

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