ABUJA — Raging controversy over the educational qualification of Gen. Muhammadu Buhari to contest this month’s Presidential election has been described as a dent on Nigeria and not the former Head of State.
A former Minister of Science and Technology, Gen. Sam Momah, who made the call in an interview with Vanguard yesterday, warned those questioning Buhari’s qualification to bury their heads in shame for trying to denigrate Nigeria before the world.
Momah, who had worked in several formations in the Nigerian Army and as a Principal Staff Officer to Buhari when he was the General Officer Commanding 4th Division in Lagos, described as despicable the current attempt to disparage the All Progressives Congress, APC, presidential candidate.
The former minister said it was wrong for some politicians to demonise Buhari, who had undergone several strategic military and educational trainings at home and abroad, including the prestigeous United States War College obtaining a Higher Diploma.
Describing the controversy over Buhari’s certificate as ridiculous, Momah said the action of the promoters of the matter was clearly aimed at distracting Nigerians from the main issues at stake, which they should explain to Nigerians.
Momah said: “Those accusing Buhari of not having the qualification to contest election are simply doing so to distract him. Buhari is one of Nigeria’s best Generals who has trained up to the American War College, graduating with a post graduate diploma.
“I, therefore, find it very petty and offensive for some elements to begin to make noise about Buhari’s qualifications. The people behind this very shameful act should note that they are ignorantly denigrating Nigeria and not Buhari.”