The comment by Festus Keyamo who served as director of communication of the President Muhammadu Buhari campaign that WAEC certificate is not needed to be a Nigerian governor or president has caused heated reactions on Twitter.
Keyamo had in a series of tweets on Monday, April 15, said the constitution defines School Certificate or its equivalent to mean primary 6 School Leaving Certificate.
He said the ability to communicate in English to the satisfaction of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is also what is needed.
Torrents of reactions have followed the comment which is considered controversial, especially coming from someone who handled the campaign of President Buhari whose WAEC certificate is being challenged by the PDP at the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal.
Legit.ng gathers some of the top trending reactions on Twitter.
In his reaction, the Moriis Monye factor believes it is an anomaly if WAEC certificate is not needed to contest for presidency but a Nigerian "graduate must get NYSC (compulory) to get a mere 80k+ job". His tweet below:
Kemi Ariyo, another Twitter user, stated that going by Keyamo's statement that primary school certificate is enough to contest for presidency, it means that Nigeria does not value education.
The tweet: "From Keyamo's interview, this country doesn't encourage or value education.
Primary School certificate is enough to make you a President in Nigeria.
WAEC is not even a necessity!"
Sir Bobo's reaction is also similar to that of Ariyo's. He tweeted: "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."
Sen. Adeolu faulted the Nigerian constitution which, according to Keyamo's interpretation, allows "an individual occupy a public office without a CAEC certificate in the first place...".
That's where the problem of this country starts from (#ourconstitution) how will an individual occupy a public office without a WAEC in the first place, that means the person is not even educated. So that's why the political class doesn't have any plan to develop our education", Adeolu tweeted.
Ooni of Abuja also blamed the development on the Nigerian constitution, accusing the politicians of adjusting it "in a way that favours them".
He tweeted: "Nigerian politicians have concocted and adjusted the Constitution in a way that favours them and oppress the poor. You don't need WAEC to become President in Nigeria, but you need 2.1, less than 30 to secure good jobs in the same country. Shame on you!!"
Meanwhile, Keyamo's argument also threw up the case of Senator Ademola Adeleke, the PDP's governorship candidate in Osun state who is also facing WAEC certificate issue in court.
Some pointed out an alleged contradiction in Keyamo's argument saying the All Progressives Congress (APC) took Adeleke to court over alleged non-possession of WAEC certificate, wondering why the senior lawyer is now arguing that the certificate is not required to become a governor.
Keyamo, however, replied saying that in the case of Osun state, the allegation of forgery of WAEC certificate by Adeleke, requires disqualification.
Also reacting to some comments saying that Keyamo, with his interpretation, is indirectly acknowledging that President Buhari does have WAEC certificate, he said the exam body has already issued an attestation confirming the president indeed was issued a certificate.
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He added that while WAEC confirmed the authenticity of Buhari's certificate, the examination body denied the authenticity of Adeleke's.
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