The Zonal Coordinator of the South-South National Youth Awareness Forum (NYAF), the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) youth wing, Mr. Daniel Enifoghale, on Wednesday called on the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (rtd) to emulate the United States President, Barack Obama, by tendering his original Secondary/Cambridge certificate to Nigerians just like Obama tendered his birth certificate when it became a contentious issue in the run-up to the general elections in U S in 2012.
The only way Buhari can restore his battered image, integrity and stop overheating the polity, according him, is by simply following democratically laid down rules, and in line with Obama’s precedent.
He added that the era of hoodwinking Nigerians through military fiat and dictatorship is gone forever.
In an interview granted to THISDAY in Abuja, Enifoghale said President Goodluck Jonathan as a true democrat believes that ultimate power comes from God and that is why “we the youths across the country and especially that of the Niger Delta region of Edo, Bayelsa, Rivers, Delta, Cross River, and Ebonyi States are lining up behind him in this forthcoming election.”
He said NYAF has active male and female young Nigerians of over 2 million in the region.
According to him, the certificate saga has today become an embarrassment not just to him but also to his party and to Nigerians who will be going to the polling booth next month.
“As far as I’m concerned, Buhari has to be talking to the Nigerian police on this discomforting issue.
“I want to assure every Nigerian, just like Jonathan keep saying that Nigeria will move on even without him, is APC therefore alluding that Nigeria cannot move with Buhari?” He asked.
He said: “Let us be fair, what is he going to tell young Nigeria who are writing
NECO or WAEC today, as we say the youths are the leaders of tomorrow, and now they have discovered that you got into the military with certificate, that is overheating the country.
“So his supposedly platform of running on credibility and integrity is no longer there and today we can say he has nothing to run on.
“Today the issue is about corruption is if you cheat or gain admission to school with fake certificate, it is corruption. Take the case of Obama when his birth became an issue shortly before the elections in his first tenure he went to his home state and brought his original birth certificate.
“ Jonathan has always adhered to the rules of the game and not
interested in forceful means to retain power, and has not renegade on his
promises to the youths. We therefore believe that he will do more when voted into power again next month.”