?Lateef Ibrahim, Abuja
The controversy surrounding the School certificate of the former Head of State and presidential candidate of the All Pro?gressive candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari has continued unabated.
The University of Cam?bridge has said that Hausa Language, which is one of the subjects listed in the certificate of General Bu?hari, was not offered in its examinations in 1961.
The disclosure, accord?ing to a statement yester?day by the Peoples Demo?cratic Party Presidential Campaign Organisation, PDPPCO, was contained in an e-mail dated Thurs?day, January 22, 2015 from the institution?s Archives Delivery Service Officer, Jacky Emerson, to one So?diq Alabi, who requested for confirmation if the examination body offered Hausa Language in the 1961 West African Certificate Examination it organised.
However, the spokesman of the APC?s presidential campaign, Alhaji Garba Shehu, told Daily Times on Sunday night that there was no reason to offer any response to Fani-Kayode?s claims.
He said: ?We said it last week, that Fani-Kayode does not deserve any fur?ther response from us.?
The PDPPCO, in the statement signed by its Director of Media and Publicity, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, said, ?Emerson, in his one-sentence reply, said: According to the Regula?tions for 1961, African Lan?guage papers, including those for Hausa, were not included for West African School Certificate.?
?This development may have further cast doubts on the certificate which is pur?ported to be General Bu?hari?s?, Fani-Kayode said.
General Buhari is yet to react to the assertion by the PDP that the published certificate was forged and illegally procured.
The Campaign Organisa?tion had, through Fani-Kay?ode, pointed out a number of alleged inconsistencies in the document at a press conference last Thursday in Abuja.
Fani-Kayode had, among other things, pointed out the alteration on Math?ematics, which he said General Buhari must have failed, adding that since that was the case, the for?mer Head of State should not have been enlisted in the military as a commis?sioned officer, having failed to satisfy the requirement of pass at credit level in Mathematics.
He said at best, Buhari should have been enlisted as a non-commissioned of?ficer.
Fani-Kayode also ques?tioned the recent passport photograph of Buhari on the statement of result (which is not a certified true copy) purportedly is?sued by the Ministry of Education, Katsina State; the ?1961? date at the top of the document which con?flicted with the ?2015? date signed by the Principal of Government College (Pilot) Katsina, whose name was not stated in the document.
Similarly, a research re?port by an educationist and Professor of Educational Foundations in the Univer?sity of Ilorin, A. A. Adey?inka, has punched holes in the claims of Gen. Buhari that he sat for and got cred?it pass in Hausa Language from the Provincial College (now Government College, Katsina), in 1961.
Adeyinka, in the report titled: ?Major Trends in Curriculum Development in Nigeria?, said no school in Nigeria offered subjects in local languages at the time.
Adeyinka?s research re?port, according to a state?ment by the PDP presiden?tial campaign organisation, had further ?chipped away the credibility of the State?ment of Result released by the college to support Gen?eral Buhari?s claims that he sat for the secondary school certificate examination?.
According to the re?search, available at www.unilorin.edu, prior to the emergence of a centralised government by the regime of General Yakubu Gowon from 1966 to 1975, all re?gions in Nigeria had differ?ent academic curriculums.
He added that it was only the Western Region that of?fered a local language as a subject in both their curric?ulum and school certificate examinations.
The university don said it was after a central gov?ernment was formed and a universal educational cur?riculum was developed and adopted that other local languages were included in schools curriculums in 1974.
He listed subjects in the academic curriculum to include English Language, Biology, Commerce, Prin?ciples of Accounts, Health Science, Literature in Eng?lish, Bible Knowledge, His?tory, Geography, Yoruba, Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry.
According to Adeyinka, Yoruba entered the aca?demic curriculum follow?ing the recommendations of a Commission set up to review the academic cur?riculum for schools in the then Western Region.
He wrote: ?In the former Western Region, for exam?ple, both the Banjo Report (1961) and the Taiwo Report (1968) recommended the revision of the school syl?labuses and the introduc?tion of a new structure of education.
?The Banjo Report spe?cifically recommended a new model for secondary education, comprising ju?nior and senior secondary schools. The curriculum of the former should be com?prehensive.
?This was partly the ori?gin of the Aiyetoro Com?prehensive School experi?ment started in 1963. The Taiwo Committee recom?mended that the primary-school curriculum should be overhauled and new syl?labuses prepared in such subjects as Mathematics and Social Studies. Simi?lar recommendations were made in the East (Dike 1959, Ivan Ikoku, 1964).?
General Buhari has raised so much dusts over the delay in the release of his school certificate to support claims he made in the forms he filled with the Independent national Elec?toral Commission (INEC) as part of requirements to contest the 2015 presiden?tial elections on February 14.