Yetunde Oladejo, Osogbo
A human rights group, Centre for Human Rights and Social Justice (CHRSJ), Monday, warned the Presidency to stop threatening Barrister Nnamdi Nwokocha-Ahaaiwe over his stance on the case instituted against President Muhammadu Buhari for alleged lack of prerequisite West Africa School Certificate (WASC) to contest the March 28, 2015 Presidential election.
The rights group who insisted that Buhari lacked the least requirement of School Certificate to stand for the election as required by Form CF001 of the Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC) noted that the issue of the certificate forgery would continue to reoccur until the president presented his acclaimed school certificate to the whole world which according to them should not be different in contents from the ‘Statement of Results’ shown in February 2015.
CHRSJ described the threat by the Presidency as a ruse, undemocratic, satanic and unconstitutional which was against the tenets of democracy.
Reacting to the threat of the Presidency by its Spokesperson, Mr. Garba Shehu against Nwolocha-Ahaaiwe , through a signed statement, CHRSJ’s Executive Chairman, Comrade Adeniyi, Alimi Sulaiman which a copy was made available to newsmen on Monday, stated that no amount of threat from the Presidency against the courageous Legal Practitioner, could stop the truth of the matter before the court of competent jurisdiction, Presided over by Justice Adeniyi Ademola.
Sulaiman who urged President Buhari to tender unreserved apology for the great stigma he brought to the country as a result of his failure to present the acclaimed West Africa School Certificate (WASC) to the public by taking the honourable step of tendering his voluntary resignation from office of the President, saying that the era of impunity has become the thing of the past in the land.
Speaking further on the threat issue against Nwokocha-Ahaaiwe, Sulaiman, who saluted the courage of the Abuja based legal practitioner, said that Nwokocha-Ahaaiwe has put himself in the shoe of late legal giant and fearless, credible, incorruptible, genuine social crusader and conscience of the nation, Chief Gani Fawehinmi (SAN).
The rights group who threw his weight behind the genuine cause of the Certificate saga of Mr. President, added that this was the reason why, the British Prime Minister, Mr. David Cameroon called Nigeria, a fantastically corrupt country recently.
According to him, “This is high time we call a spade a spade. Well-meaning Nigerians, particularly, the Northern leaders should tell President Muhammadu Buhari to present his Cambridge WASC certificate to the public as being claimed in the INEC Form CF001. From all indications, President Buhari did not sit for the west Africa School Certificate(WASC) Examination and Buhari just joined the Nigeria Army with a ‘Letter of Recommendation’ from his Principal instead of School Certificate.
“This is a fraud of highest order which should not be allowed to stand during this hard earned democratic era. Mr. Salishu Buhari was just removed from the Lower Chamber of the National Assembly because of Toronto forgery Certificate Saga at the wake of this current democratic dispensation.
“President Buhari should just tender his voluntary resignation because he did not qualify to contest for the election at the initial stage. The lack of educational qualification of the President really shows in the way and manner the country is being governed presently.
“With this development, Buhari has committed a criminal offence of not being able to provide the original certificate of his acclaimed ‘WASC’s Statement of Result’.
“Barrister Nnamdi Nwokocha-Ahaaiwe has constitutional rights to express his opinion on any issue of national importance like this nature.”
He faulted the nation’s electoral body under the then chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega for not disqualifying Buhari from the presidential race of March 28, 2015 election, noting that this development showed the level of compromise by the electoral body during the run-up to the election.
Sulaiman, who doubles as Chairman, Civil Societies Coalition for the Emancipation of Osun State (CSCEOS), then called on the authority of the security agencies in the land to beef up security around the Barrister Nwokocha-Ahaaiwe, noting that Presidency should be held responsible if anything bad happened to the legal luminary, adding that the genuine pro-democracy activists would not allow Buhari and his co-travelers to return the country back to the despotic military dark days.