The newly appointed Minister of Defence, Monsur Dan-Ali has been handed a 7-day ultimatum by a human rights group in Nigeria, to bring out the controversial Senior Secondary School Certificate (SSCE) of President Muhammadu Buhari.
The group known as Centre for Human Rights and Social Justice (CHRSJ), called on the new minister and the authority of the Nigeria Army to produce Buhari’s certificate.
According to Daily Post, the rights group stipulated a 7-day period in which Dan-Ali must make the certificate available.
CHRSJ said that a failure to make the certificate available within the 7-day window, will mean that the Nigerian president is operating a government based on fallacy.
General Buhari had before the election insisted that his controversial original Certificate was with the authority of the Nigeria Army.
They said that the failure of President Buhari to order the authority of Nigerian Army as their Commander-in-Chief, to release his original Senior School Certificate, which he used to be enlisted in the Army, would amount to “blatant lie of the highest order from the acclaimed incorruptible President Buhari.”
Their stand on the issue was disclosed in a statement issued and signed by the CHRSJ’s executive chairman, Comrade Adeniyi Alimi Sulaiman.
He said: “Following the recent statement credited to the new defence minister, Monsur Dan-Ali over disappearance of the purported original Secondary School Certificate of General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd) in the custody of Nigeria Army, which General Buhari claimed to be with the Country’s Military authority, prior to the 2015 presidential election.
General Buhari has become elected President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria now and he is the Commander-in-Chief of armed forces, no Military authority will have temerity to keep his Military Service file now and he should not hesitate to order them to bring out his (Buhari) original controversial Secondary School Certificate now within seven (7) days for doubting Thomas’ to see.”
“We believe that if you are preaching equity, you must come with clean hands. Failure to bring the Certificate out within the stipulated time would tantamount to the country being governed by the un-certificated President and former Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Kenneth Minimah will be vindicated for saying the truth that the controversial Buhari’s certificate was not with the authority of the Nigeria Army then and new Defence Minister, Monsur Dan-Ali, will be disappointed,” Comrade Adeniyi stressed.
The CHRSJ boss, noted that the group would not hesitate to write the international communities as being empowered by the Freedom of Information Act, to prevail on the authority of the Nigeria Army to bring out the controversial original Secondary School Certificate of President Muhamadu Buhari.
He explained that the human rights group would not allow the Nigeria Army and President Muhammadu Buhari to lay down bad precedent in our democratic system.
It would be recalled that there was some controversy over Buhari’s SSCE, prior to the elections. The president had before the election insisted that his controversial original certificate was with the authority of the Nigeria Army.
Mansur Dan- Ali had revisited President Muhammadu Buhari’s certificate scandal on Friday, November 13, criticising the immediate past chief of army staff, Lt-Gen Kenneth Minimah (rtd) and the Nigerian Army under him for not showing respect for Buhari during his WAEC certificate controversy before the 2015 general election.
The human rights group had in a statement made three-weeks ago, opined that the Nigerian leader should know that Nigerians are not going to eat his integrity alone but they need good administration with good economic course that would make life acceptable for them.
This they said to stress that five months after being inaugurated, the current administration still had no economic blueprint.