President Goodluck Jonathan has challenged the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), General Muhammadu Buhari (Rtd) to clear his name of charges of alleged certificate forgery and perjury.
Jonathan, in a statement on Saturday by his Senior Special Assistant on Public Affairs, Dr. Doyin Okupe, said the former head of state must stop taking Nigerians for granted and show some leadership qualities by taking personal responsibility of clearing his name of the charges.
The president argued that a man could not carry an “undischarged baggage” of alleged certificate forgery and willful perjury and still shout “change” at political rallies.
He added that it was inconceivable that instead of debunking the allegations of forgery and perjury against him, Buhari was rather passing the buck to other persons or organisations.
This action, Jonathan said, did not show any potential of responsible leadership on the part of those wanting to lead Nigeria to shun accountability on their personal credentials.
According to the statement, this tends to suggest that the APC “change” slogan is cosmetic.
The presidential aide said Buhari and the APC mouthing corruption everywhere should clear the air on this matter or forever bury their heads in shame.
He said: “We consider this as a un-statesmanlike assault on the intelligence of Nigerians and it represents the greatest challenge between Gen. Buhari and the office he seeks to occupy. It will be recalled that Buhari has, in the last few weeks, domiciled the custody of his secondary school certificate in three different quarters namely the military board, his former secondary school and now the Independent National Electoral Commission.
“Unfortunately for the APC candidate, the examination body, WAEC, which has the final say on this issue, has also recently declared that it doesn’t have any records of Buhari’s secondary school certificate just as the military authorities did”.