For every job on earth, there is a qualification for it be it educational qualifications or otherwise, for one to qualify for admission in any tertiary institution in Nigeria, you must be of a certain age, have acquired some level of prerequisite knowledge by attending some schools , have taken some subjects in the West African examination and attained some good grade and finally taken the almighty Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination not forgotten the supreme post unified tertiary matriculation exams. Even with all these stress, the final straw that broke the camel back is that your parents must be financially buoyant to sponsor you through the education system.
And after all these and the stress in the university, the young graduate is presented with a different set of qualifications for him to secure a good life but for himself and for his sponsors, proving that for every job, there must be a set of qualifications to fulfill to occupy the envied position.
But it looks like a different rule applies to the political class of Nigeria, looking at the various scandals that have rocked the Nigerian political system for some time now. One of such is the case of Salisu Buhari, a former speaker of the House of Representatives in Nigeria, who had to resign in 1999 when it was discovered that he didn’t obtain the presented University of Toronto certificate by attending the school like a normal student should if you understand what I mean
Although he was tried and given the option of two years in prisons or the option of fine, which he paid and was later pardoned by President Olusegun Obasanjo
Another is the case of one of our former senator, senator Dino Melaye, with all the cases brought against him that he didn’t have the said degree of graduated from Ahmadu Bello University, nothing conclusively was decided against him, although he dared the Economic and Financial Crimes Commissions to prosecute him for forgery and claimed that he is currently studying for his seventh degree in Ahmadu Bello University.
The list is actually endless if we are to probe the entire political class, but the stormed that almost capsized the boat is that of the presidency himself of not being able to produce his secondary school certificate and the Minister of information and culture trying to cover up that it is actually forgivable due to the length of time he had finished his secondary school education, although he later said it was doctored and we pray we will catch those that doctored him for that so that we can sue their libelous persons but should there not be a record of our president certificates?
Yes, we know that storage then was poor, but there should still be a record, my dad’s West African Examination Council result done around the 1960s is still around, so why not our own president?
Or is that for any political office in Nigeria, you don’t need education but money? Please, can someone enlighten me on the requirement for political office in Nigeria, maybe it’s time I stop acquiring certificates and join the race?