Abba Kyari opens up on Buhari certificate

Abba Kyari opens up on Buhari certificate

Abba Kyari, the Chief of Staff to Muhammadu Buhari has responded to the certificate of the president of Nigeria. He told the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal in Abuja on Tuesday declared that no certificate was listed on the President’s Curriculum vitae was among the documents obtained from Cambridge University earlier tendered as exhibits. Kyari, who

Abba Kyari, the Chief of Staff to Muhammadu Buhari has responded to the certificate of the president of Nigeria.

He told the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal in Abuja on Tuesday declared that no certificate was listed on the President’s Curriculum vitae
was among the documents obtained from Cambridge University earlier tendered as exhibits.

FILE COPY: CHIEF OF STAFF TO THE PRESIDENT, ABBA KYARI (LEFT) AND PRESIDENT MUHAMMAADU BUHARI (RIGHT)

Kyari, who testified as the President’s third defence witness, also admitted obtaining the Cambridge documents personally on July 18, 2019.

His testimony was in response to the Peoples Democratic Party and its presidential Candidate, Atiku Abubakar claimes in the petition before the tribunal to challenge the victory of President Buhari and his All Progressives Congress in the February 23, 2019 poll.

Part of the grounds of the petition was that Buhari did not possess the academic qualification necessary to contest the poll.

Under a cross examination by the petitioners’ lawyer, Kyari said he was 67 years old and that he had known Buhari for nearly 40 years.

Kyari also said he signed for and collected the Cambridge documents for the assessment by Cambridge.

He did not say if he traveled to London to obtain the documents; but he confirmed that none of the documents contained a certificate.

He confirmed that the Cambridge documents were “assessments”.

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He also confirmed that the curriculum vitae signed by Buhari did not have any certificate listed, apart from the list of schools attended by the President.

He also admitted that the Diploma in Strategic Study which he claimed Buhari possessed was not listed in the President’s CV.

Under cross-examination by APC’s lawyer, Lateef Fagbemi (SAN), Kyari, repeated assertion that Alhaji Abubakar Atiku was a Cameroonian by being born in Jadda in 1946, which was formerly part of Adamawa State.

Before Abba Kyari’s evidence, the lead Counsel to the President, Chief Wole Olanipekun (SAN) had tendered 29 documents through Buhari’s first witness,  Major General Paul Tarfa (retd), including  certified true copies of certificates and results of Cambridge examinations which Buhari took in 1961.

The documents include president Buhari West African Examination School Certificate, WAEC which was tendered longside a group photograph he took with his classmates at Provisional Secondary School Katsina State, in 1961, through his team of lawyers led by Chief Wole Olanipekun, SAN.

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