First, it was President Muhammadu Buhari who denied allegations in the The Punch Newspaper that he was involved in a certificate scandal, but his immediate predecessor, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, has also joine, debunking the same report that he is one of the prominent Nigerians that had been linked to certificate scandal.
His media adviser, Ikechukwu Eze, dismissed the claim as lies, stressing that ex-President had “never been linked to any doubt, scandal or controversy concerning his academic qualifications.”
The presidency had come down hard on The Punch editors for linking Buhari with any certificate scandal, though the Presidents secondary school certificate raised the tempo of discourse during the last presidential elections.
A court case instituted over the controversy was withdrawn..
But Jonathan’s statement Monday reads: “Our attention has been drawn to a story in the Punch newspaper of Sunday 26 March where former President Dr. Goodluck Jonathan was mentioned as one of the ‘prominent Nigerians with certificate scandals’.
“We really don’t know where this is coming from, but we wish to remain unambiguous in our assertion that this is obvious falsehood, since the former President has never been linked to any doubt, scandal or controversy concerning his academic qualifications.
“We are not aware of any probe, allegation or litigation relating to his very well known academic qualifications. For the avoidance of doubt, we wish to restate that former President Jonathan’s educational records can easily be traced to St Michael’s Primary School, Oloibiri and Mater Dei High School, lmiringi where he obtained his first school leaving certificate (FSLC) and General Certificate of Education (GCE) Ordinary Level respectively, as well as the University of Port Harcourt, where he received his Bachelor of Science, Master’s and Doctorate degrees. Luckily, many of former President Jonathan’s classmates from primary school through the university are still alive and are traceable.
“It is therefore obvious that there is no justification for this abstruse association, as there is nothing linking the former President to the story.
“Again, we advise media organisations to always cross-check their facts in order to avoid falling for the convenient choice of publishing false information.”