Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, has come under fire after reports that his West African Examination Certificate has Sadiq Abubakar and not Atiku Abubakar as he is widely known.
Trouble started when one of his political aides, Mr Dele Momodu, claimed on his X handle that some All Progressives Congress ‘busybodies’ have bombarded him with allegations of forgery by Atiku over the WAEC certificate.
Momodu, who is a veteran journalist and Publisher of Ovation Magazine, claimed he forwarded the allegations to Atiku immediately, to which he said, the former vice president responded swiftly.
“The APC busybodies have been bombarding me with allegations of forgery against my principal, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar (GCON) which I immediately forwarded to him and here is his copious response: “Yes I used Sadiq Abubakar to sit for my WAEC and after passing my exams I went to swear an affidavit to say I am the same person as ATIKU Abubakar.
“I went to ABU as Atiku Abubakar and passed my Exams as Atiku Abubakar. Interviewed as Atiku Abubakar by the Federal Civil Service Commission and hired into the Customs Service as Atiku Abubakar. So where is forgery there?” – ATIKU ABUBAKAR,” Momodu tweeted.
He added “Can the APC social media bullies forward the deluge of questions in circulation to their boss and get instant and direct response…I salute Alhaji Atiku Abubakar…”
Meanwhile, Nigerians on social media have begun knocking the former vice president who had earlier dragged President Bola Tinubu to court over alleged certificate forgery.
Reacting to Momodu’s post, @RealAdeshina wrote: “In short, your principal did non-appearance?”
@OlutunmbiA said, “Fake WAEC result ni Sadiq lo!!! Asari tu po! #Atikufakewaecresult.”
@OlaniyiWilliams9 wrote: “Borrowed personalty. His likes abound in the Nigerian system. Shameless people.”
@Fattyllincorn_1 wrote: “Did Atiku support the Muslim / Muslim ticket in 1993 yes or no?
“Mko mama gbe e shepe ninu saare ni. Odale bale ku!”
@OlaniyiTaifiq wrote:” “Atiku doesn’t even know that it was SIDDIQ that is written on the certificate, not SADIQ.”
@LimanBssmg wrote: “The lesson is don’t forge certificates.”
@YojuKunle wrote: “He used Sadiq? But he went to other schools by himself?
“Now I can understand why Nigeria is moving backwards.”
@OlaniyiTaofiq wrote: “I’m not surprised though. Atiku doesn’t look like someone who can pass the WAEC Examination. Someone who has been writing the Aso Rock Exam since 1992, never passed till date. Buhari and Tinubu met and left him in the class. Even OBJ who was his coaching teacher gave him F9😂😂😂😂.”
@UyimiOttone wrote: “Another person wrote the exam for him, it is called non-appearance, he only rush to change his thinking nobody will know, way d affidavit na forgery.”
@Soshol11 wrote: “Beats me why anyone would have a first name changed via an affidavit. Surnames do change for different reasons, but a first name? I wonder if Sadiq Abubakar and Atiku Abubakar are the same persons. Can we get a classmate to testify, how do we prove this now?