When he appeared on Channels Television on Sunday, Festus Keyamo, spokesman of the All Progressive Congress (APC) presidential campaign, said it’s not compulsory to have the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) certificate to contest an elective position.
Keyamo was reacting to the certificate scandal of Ademola Adeleke, governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Osun state.
The senior lawyer’s comment attracted different reactions. While some said Keyamo has finally accepted that President Muhammadu Buhari never sat for WAEC, others said there were lapses that need to be addressed in the constitution.
Below are reactions from Twitter and Facebook.
— 9jaking👑💎 (@Godblessbale) April 15, 2019
Is there any one without WAEC here Should stand up for Recognition? pic.twitter.com/RbXIkQOrlS
— Rotimi ❤ (@Holybadtboi) April 15, 2019
It is worrying when supposed senior judges and lawyers, including Senior Advocates, don't know their School Certificate from their First School Leaving Certificate. Law in Nigeria is a joke! No School Certificate (WAEC) no presidency, Period! pic.twitter.com/HyF2diqTHc
— Mazi Nnamdi Kanu (@MaziNnamdiKanu) April 15, 2019
Buhari may not need a WAEC certificate to contest but once he swore to an affidavit or presented a form indicating that his qualifications include WAEC it becomes a different matter. Or has he withdrawn his WAEC claim?This is a matter of perjury and not whether he is qualified.
— Femi Fani-Kayode (@realFFK) April 15, 2019
And if next year, we see a mass failure in WAEC, how would @MBuhari have the moral authority to say anything? When he has told our youths that they don’t need WAEC to secure the highest post in the land, who will now study? They will just say ‘to hell with WAEC’, I dont need you!
— Reno Omokri (@renoomokri) April 15, 2019
The @OfficialPDPNig charges @MBuhari to tender his WAEC certificate which he claimed he has, to the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal instead of allowing his campaign spokesperson, @fkeyamo, to insult the sensibility of Nigerians with lame attempt at diversionary tactics. pic.twitter.com/zPMAXuF2u6
— Official PDP Nigeria (@OfficialPDPNig) April 15, 2019
Adeleke has no WAEC certificate. Not qualified to contest for Governor . ~ APC 🙄😳😳
Buhari doesn't need WAEC certificate to be President. ~ Festus Keyamo
Me: I wonder which kind WEED them dey supply am, I need to know the person so we can add pepper 😂🤣🤣 pic.twitter.com/s61E2wp4sm
— Sefinatu Umaru (@Sophienene1) April 15, 2019
When a Senior Advocate is saying WAEC certificate is irrelevant in the highest position attainable in d Country, what kind of message is he passing across to d youths and mostly secondary school students? These are one of the reasons why our Education sectors MAY not work again. pic.twitter.com/GX5d5p9YEI
— Modebolanle (@modebolanle) April 15, 2019
So i dont need WAEC to become president of this country?? 😒😒. So what is this going to school of a thing used for in Nigeria??? pic.twitter.com/oPuumh5hp4
— Mr Wonda (@7th_wonda) April 15, 2019
If Festus Keyamo says you do not need waec certificate to become president or governor, that means you can be a governor or president without going through NYSC. So why exactly are we mandated to graduate and do NYSC when you do not need it to become the first citizen? JustAsking
— The King Maker (@thelagosbiggirl) April 15, 2019
When Buhari hires 13 SANS to defend his WAEC certificate, I knew he didn’t sit for the exam.
— Somto Onuchukwu (@chosensomto) April 15, 2019
Chai…So Buhari doesn't have WAEC true true?
No wonder why his Government has turned many Nigerian Professors into Okpos. https://t.co/tAKxVtvUw2
— Mr Stanley Nwabia (@MrStanleyNwabia) April 15, 2019
Now that WAEC isn't even needed to contest for any post in my country.
it's safe to say the ones in schools are not the leaders of tomorrow.
— Sir Bobo (@mrboboskie) April 15, 2019
— Babs Adeola (@Babs_Hub) April 15, 2019
@Mbuhari dosent need a waec cert to govern a nation where education is advised to be invested on as there is a decline in the oil sector? Why re we always playing around in this country?!! #Festuskeyamo
— Real_Matagool (@nnakwemathias) April 15, 2019
— Afrishot #OlawaleXpressions (@OlawaleAkadiri) April 15, 2019