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Buhari Certificate: How Femi Fani Kayode Forged My Email To Favour Jonathan By Suraj Oyewale

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Buhari Certificate: How Femi Fani Kayode Forged My Email To Favour Jonathan By Suraj Oyewale

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Jan 26, 2015 – Buhari Certificate Confirmation: How Femi Fani Kayode Forged My Email To Favour Jonathan By Suraj Oyewale

I was on my way to work on the morning of Monday, January 26, 2015, when my friend, Sodiq Alabi, sent me a Facebook message asking me how to contact THISDAY newspapers since I am more familiar with newspaper houses as a regular contributor to issues in national dailies.

Sodiq included in the message a web link to an article in THISDAY newspaper with the title, “Cambridge University: Hausa Language Not Offered in 1961 Exams”. I opened the article to see these lines:

“The controversy over the secondary school results of the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari, continues as the University of Cambridge has said that Hausa Language, which is one of the subjects listed by Buhari, was not offered in its examinations in 1961.

“The disclosure was contained a statement from the office of the Director of the PDP Presidential Campaign Organisation claiming it came though an e-mail dated Thursday, January 22, 2015 from the institution’s Archives Delivery Service Officer, Jacky Emerson, to one SODIQ ALABI who requested for confirmation if the examination body offered Hausa Language in the 1961 West African Certificate Examination it organised.

“Emerson, in his one-sentence reply, said: “According to the Regulations for 1961, African Language papers, including those for Hausa, WERE NOT included for West African School Certificate.”

“This development may have further cast doubts on the certificate which is purported to be General Buhari’s. He is yet to react to the assertion by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential Campaign Organisation that the document (the published certificate) was forged and illegally procured.” (Capitalizations mine)

Sodiq was shocked such falsehood was attributed to him by Mr. Femi Fani Kayode and wanted to contact the Editor of THISDAY for such wicked misrepresentation. Sodiq Alabi ( had written an email to Cambridge Assessment, the brand name of University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicates, on January 22, 2015, 13.31 hours, to confirm whether Hausa was truly offered by it in 1961 examinations. By 4.10pm same day, Jacky Emerson (, Archive Services Delivery officer of Cambridge Assessment, replied thus: “Dear Sodiq Alabi, According to the Regulations of 1961, African Language papers, WERE SET for West Africa School Certificate.”

A screenshot of this email exchange was shared to us on Facebook by Sodiq and it went viral on the internet. The email triggered other Nigerians to send emails to Cambridge Assessment for independent confirmation and the school came out with a release on its website the next day. In the release titled, “Statement in response to Nigerian Presidential election enquiries”, the school stated, “The organisation also confirmed that according to the Regulations for 1961, African Language papers, including those for Hausa WERE SET for the West African School Certificate.” Here is the link to the Cambridge Assessment website where this confirmation was published:

It is however surprising that Femi Fani-Kayode went ahead to alter the content of Sodiq’s email in his press statement to, “According to the Regulations for 1961, African Language papers, including those for Hausa, WERE NOT included for West African School Certificate.”, and still quoted the email as the source.

It is very unfortunate that this is the man speaking for the President’s re-election campaign. How do we believe every other “fact” he has quoted has not been altered as well? It is a shame.

It is also very unfortunate that our newspapers have gone to sleep and investigative journalism is at its lowest ebb in Nigeria. How will Femi Fani-Kayode not be feeding newspaper reporters with lies when he knows how lazy some of our journalists have become? This is not an advertorial that does not require independent confirmation, all THISDAY and Daily Post that reported this Fani-Kayode’s glaring lie need to do is to seek out Sodiq or confirm from Cambridge – which had posted a confirmation statement on conduct of Hausa language in 1961 WASC on its website since January 23, two days before Fani-Kayode came up with this lie – and ask for their side of the story. It is particularly curious that I had, in an earlier article sent to THISDAY which was published in its January 25 edition, attached a screenshot of the email from Sodiq to buttress some other arguments, so THISDAY editors, at least their OP-ED editor, could not have claimed not to have seen the original content of Sodiq’s email before Fani-Kayode’s alteration.

This is not the first time President Jonathan’s men are forging or altering documents to demonize anyone perceived as the President’s “enemy”. His New Media Assistant, Reno Omokri, was also busted in February last year, when he hid under a pseudonym, Wendel Simlin, to send false but damaging reports to newspapers to demonize the then just suspended Governor Lamido Sanusi of Central Bank. A dig into the source of the computer used in typing the document showed it was a certain Reno Omokri that authored it!

Is  Femi Fani Kayode this desperate?



  1. muyi

    January 26, 2015 at 1:52 PM

    All those that are troubling this country, the time of judgment has God will start taken them one by Jesus name amen.

  2. Saphire

    January 26, 2015 at 2:16 PM

    I dnt bother to read this novel finish…first when ffk was attacking igbo race and supporting fashola on deporting igbos from lagos…ur guys was applauding him…when he authored an open letter attributed to jonathan signed by obasanjo..u guys were hailing him…when the same ffk was bad mouting out dear lolo bianca ojukwu..u guys were calling him man of facts…all this while i keep calling him lunatic and crack head…. On other hand..for jonathan to use a man who has oustanding corrupt case in court as campaign media officer is absurd…and trying to install demipreye alamesia a self confessed criminal as senetor of federal republic of nigeria worth shedding tears……… Now to buhari…for a man who preaches due process and corrupt free nation to be in this kind of mess makes him more corrupt….the electoral act said..attarch ur certificate to ur form on return…why did he disoby this order.? Things has change already in nigeria…if the change buhari is preaching is change of disobedience then…he will nt smell that office isha allah…..infact buhari is too old..and jonathan is too cold…vote visionary me saphire…hahahaahh looool

  3. DAN

    January 26, 2015 at 2:24 PM

    AMEN! I Agree with you let every body shout AMEN!!!


    January 26, 2015 at 2:27 PM

    Man, why taking Fani-Talkative serious. Nigerian do no more take him serious. He is only jittery about the unknown as his Boss becomes unpopular by the day. But Judgement day is near,allow him and his desperate colleague like Ayodele Tug Fayose, to run their mouth.

  5. freshqueen

    January 26, 2015 at 3:27 PM

    Buhari is better than GEJ

  6. bradson

    January 26, 2015 at 4:14 PM

    This shows that Fani Kayode is a real crook and the corruption case against him is real committed by him.
    FFK have a fresh case to answer,his currently having a case of Forgery and impersonation.
    What a desperate, greedy, prostitute politician.

  7. Kingstone- Alba

    January 26, 2015 at 5:31 PM

    PDP are bunch of liars. Buhari is very qualify. I checked the site and the truth stand out.
    it is high time for change

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