The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) was established in 1952 after the Governments of Ghana (then Gold Coast), Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Gambia enacted the West African Examinations Council Ordinances in 1951. Liberia became the fifth member of the Council in 1974.
However, available records show Mr. Muhammadu Buhari, the Nigerian president was born 17 December 1942.
Checks also revealed that Buhari is 76 years while WAEC is 67 years. The president certificate dates 1961 and what this means is that the president wrote the exams at age 19.
By December 2016, Buhari celebrated his 74th birthday; it was a huge event that took place at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The News Agency of Nigeria NAN reported that Buhari signed birthday anniversary register where he wrote: “I am impressed with the special drills presented by the Nigeria Guard Brigade.’’
As at the time Buhari claimed to have gone to school, a child must attain the age of 6-10 years before he can start primary education.
Also, a child is expected to spend six years in primary school and six years in secondary before he can write WAEC at the senior level in class six.
In overall, a child would have to spend 18-20 years before he qualifies to write WAEC, a journey Nigerian President, Buhari claims he completed at the age 19.
Nigeria president has become under intense critique since he was unable to provide his senior secondary certificate to Nigeria electoral management body the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to back up his presidential nomination form as required by the country law.
Buhari has sworn an affidavit and said his certificate is with the Nigerian army.
However on Friday last week, WAEC presented attestation certificate to Buhari, at the presentation, Mr. Uyi the Council Registrar said WAEC has the record in its database that shows the president wrote its exams in 1961.