President Buhari’s witness in court denies they submitted their certificates to the Nigerian army


One of President Muhammad Buhari’s witnesses at the Presidential tribunal yesterday July 30, denied they submitted their certificates to the Nigerian army.

Maj.-Gen. Paul Tarfa (retd.) was led in as one of President Buhari’s witnesses alongside Chief of Staff (COS) Abba Kyari and Suleiman Maiadua, a retired civil servant that said he graduated with Buhari in 1961.

A highlight of Maj.-Gen. Paul Tarfa’s testimony in court includes denying they submitted their certificates to the Nigerian army. Confirming that their medium of instruction after being enlisted into the Nigerian army in 1962 “was English language and English language alone”, Tarfa also said that he and Buhari “passed the examinations in flying colors.”

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He identified some of those they enlisted into the Army with as Brigadier Ola Oni, Brigadier Duro Ajayi, Col. J. C. Ojukwu, the late Brigadier Abdullahi Shelem, and the late Maj. Shehu Yar’Adua.

When asked if they submitted their certificates to the Nigerian army while being cross-examined by counsel for the Independent National Electoral Commission Yunus Usman (SAN), he said nothing like that happened.

Usman: “You submitted your school certificates to the Nigerian Army when you were enlisted?”

Tarfa: “There was nothing of such.”

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Tarfa also said Buhari has authority over all military formations as commander-in-chief when cross-examined by Atiku’s lead counsel Livy Uzokwu who thanked him for being truthful.

Recall that President Buhari’s secondary school certificate controversy made the headlines in 2015. He was presented with a WASSCE certificate in 2018 after insisting his credentials are still with the military and swearing to an affidavit wherein he told INEC they were with the military.