Former Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo has defended presidential hopeful General Muhammadu Buhari over accusations that the former head of State didn’t possess the right academic qualifications to be considered a credible candidate for Nigeria’s presidential election.
Obasanjo told a gathering of media and Nigerians in the UK at the Royal College of Medicine that he was certain Buhari possessed the necessary qualifications because it was a prerequisite to joining the Nigerian army. “Buhari joined the army four years after me,” he said.
“If I had to produce the same certificate in order to join the army, then surely he also had to produce it before being able to join the army”.
Obasanjo further said that even if Buhari didn’t have the school leaving certificate required, numerous training schemes the general would have undertaken as part of his training meant he would have gathered the educational equivalent of a law degree.
The former Nigerian President was speaking at an event organised by the Royal Africa Society in London to mark the launch of his book ‘My Watch’.
The event was chaired by BBC broadcaster Zainab Badawi.
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