The Arewa Youths Consultative Forum (AYCF) has told President Muhammadu Buhari to resign if he does not present his West African Examinations Council (Waec)certificate.
Buhari did not submit his Waec certificate, like other 2019 presidential candidates, to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
He had sworn an affidavit that his credentials are with the military where he got to the rank of a General.
But the AYCF President Yerima Shettima has called on Buhari who is contesting under the All Progressives Congress (APC) not to lay a bad precedence for the younger generation by not submitting his certificate.
“We were told Buhari is a man of integrity and as such, he should be able to convince us about his certificate and if there is no certificate he should honourably do the needful because this saga will send a very terrible signal to the younger generation who without certificate will decide to use whatever manner to become that they desire,” Shettima told Daily Post.
“The refusal to disclose his certificate is counterproductive and must not be encouraged. To me, I’m not still convinced that he doesn’t have [a] certificate but to clear the doubt of Nigerians he should be courageous enough and do the needful.
“And if he refused to do the needful and tender the certificate, then that has totally disqualified him from being in that office for even a day, he should resign, then let us see now whether INEC has started considering people without a certificate to contest for political office.”
According to him, “In the nearest future, you can wake up to tell a candidate or an aspirant that he is not qualified to contest based on this document he does not fit the basic requirement and you set an example of what happened during the Buhari’s administration and what happened to the President then and what did INEC do. Nigeria is far bigger than any individual.
“Being a man of integrity that everyone knows him to be, I’m sure Buhari knows what to do, he is an honourable somebody that we expect should live by example so he knows the needful and what to do.
“I think we will mobilise and protest that the military release Buhari’s certificate so as to prevent all this unnecessary embarrassment.”