The University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate, now known as Cambridge Assessment, in a statement on Monday while responding to inquiries from Nigerians that President Muhammadu Buhari did not request for his certificate which is necessary for its release.
This declaration comes a day after the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), accused the president of corruption by trying to launder his image through procuring his West African Examination Council (WAEC) certificate instead of apologizing to Nigerians.
The United Kingdom-based examination body, conducted the final year secondary school examination in Nigeria and placement into foreign universities in the 1960s.
The examination body, however, said that for it to release a candidate’s certificate, the student must request for it.
It also confirmed that according to the regulations for 1961, African language papers, including those for Hausa, were set for the West African School Certificate, adding that it was not compulsory to pass mathematics to get the certificate.
The statement reads:
“We can only confirm or verify results at the direct request of or with the permission of a candidate. This is in accordance with the provisions of the General Data Protection Regulations, Data Protection Act 2018 and section 40 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
“Examination results were classed in grades by 1 to 9. 1,2,3,4,5 & 6 indicate a pass with Credit; 7 & 8 indicate a Pass; 9 indicates a Failure.
“To pass the School Certificate, candidates had to pass examinations in a variety of groups. It was compulsory to pass English Language, but not Maths, in order to gain the Certificate.
“The number of candidates who sat for the WASC Hausa examination in 1961 was 152. Our records show that Hausa was set in the Northern Region in 1961.”
However, in a statement released by the Peoples Democratic Party through its spokesperson, Kola Ologbondiyan said, “Nothing is more humiliating to our nation than having our Presidency entangled in high-level of international corruption involving the name and personality of the President, the latest being the procuring and parading of fake WAEC certificate attestation.
“The PDP notes that the development has further worsened the image of the President, whose administration is overburdened by allegations of enormous financial corruption and which has not been able to provide explanation for the over N10 trillion siphoned under its watch, particularly in the oil and gas sector.
“The world now knows why the Buhari Presidency lacks the rectitude to genuinely fight corruption and the reason it has been harbouring liars, fraudulent individuals including certificate forgers both in ministerial and other top government positions as well as running the most corrupt administration in the history of our nation.
“Now that all the shenanigans are laid bare, the PDP challenges President Buhari to, in his words, tell Nigerians how he would describe any person who claims to be what he is not or claims to possess what he does not have.”