A former registrar of the West African Examination Council (WAEC) Alex Ajayi says he was privileged to issue WAEC certificates to three former Head of States – General Muhammadu Buhari, General Sani Abacha and General Ibrahim Babangida.
Ajayi said this while speaking about his career in the civil service in an interview with The Punch.
He said, “I joined the West African Examination Council as a pioneer staff. I was the first substantive Nigerian Assistant Registrar. I took over the control of the examination from the University of Cambridge. I took examiners to Cambridge for training across 10 years and trained them in Nigeria. I had the opportunity of issuing WAEC certificates to three former Heads of State: Buhari, Abacha and Babangida in the 60s. When I was in WAEC, I was put on the council of the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University) in 1966 by the national government of Aguiyi Ironsi. I was put on three important committees. The vice-chancellor and others were interested that I became a full staff of the university which I was not really keen about.”
The octogenarian who was the campaign director for Chief Obafemi Awolowo in the 1979 presidential election shared light on why Awolowo lost.
He said, “There was suspicion in the North that the first coup plotters of 1966 wanted to make him the prime minister. There was so much distrust of him in the North because many leading northern leaders were killed in the first coup. So, they didn’t want him to become the president.”
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