A leading member of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, has insisted that Muhammadu Buhari requires a Senior Secondary Leaving Certificate (SSCE) to contest for the seat of the Nigerian president.
Yes. Section 318 of the 1999 Constitution defines “School Certificate or its equivalent” to mean primary 6 School Leaving Certificate plus the ability to just speak, write, understand and communicate in English language to the satisfaction of INEC. No WAEC certificate is needed https://t.co/kUMUCZbF5i
— Festus Keyamo, SAN (@fkeyamo) April 14, 2019
Concise News reports that the Spokesperson for the President Muhammadu Buhari Campaign Organization, Festus Keyamo (SAN) had in one of his recent tweets explained that to occupy the office of Nigeria’s number one citizen, one does not need a WAEC certificate.
But now, during a live broadcast from Radio Biafra at the weekend, Kanu explains that the 1999 constitution (as amended) makes it clear that Primary 6 First School Leaving Certificate only applies to those seeking work in a State – and not at Federal level.
Kanu says: “The 1999 Constitution makes it clear that Primary 6 First School Leaving Certificate only applies to those seeking work in a State.
“Those that quoted this ‘Interpretation’ out of context to justify the ridiculously unconstitutional claim that Jubril/Buhari does not need a WAEC certificate to contest for the presidency is a disgrace to the league of Senior Advocates of Nigeria and the legal profession in general.
“This section of the constitution refers to state employees, not even federal workers and has to do with employment not running for the office of the president.
“Note, a person needs a specified qualification School Certificate (WAEC) to sit in Aso Rock, not Primary 6 First School Leaving Certificate.
“Jubril/Buhari and Atiku need WAEC to be the President of Nigeria.”