Nigerians did not take it lightly when it was made known that a nominee by President Muhammadu Buhari allegedly ''resumed school a year before his birth.''
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This was the case said to involve Yahaya Muhammad who was among those appointed by Buhari to be members of the board of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). But, a fellow Senator, Hassan Hadejia pointed out that the document about Muhammad showed that he resumed school a year before he was born. The document showed that he was born in 1969 whereas he allegedly resumed school a year earlier in 1968. This revelation has gone viral drawing widespread condemnation from Nigerians against the nomination of Muhammad.
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How Senate made a curious revelation about the issue
Amid all the condemnations that trailed the incident, the Senate revealed that it was a typographical error. The Chairman of Senate Committee on Anti-Corruption, Senator Suleiman Kwari made this disclosure. He stated that the document in the committee's report contained the wrong date of birth of the nominee while his actual resume contains his real date of birth which shows that he was born in 1959 not 1969.
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The holes in the claim
Really, when did the Senate start acting without due diligence? How can the Senate Committee claim to have sent a report with a document that contain a serious and embarrassing error like this without proper checks and editing? We are talking of a whole 10 years difference here! Moreover, the resume of key appointees are among the first things they are required to send even before they are given the appointment.
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Also, before they actually go for Senate confirmation, Senators are given copies of their resume. The first set of Senators to get the resume of the appointees are members of the relevant committee. In this case, the members of the Senate Committee on Anti-Corruption would get it first. Each committee has staff that type, proofread and edit documents for the members.
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Moreover, all the members of the committee in their different checks and scrutiny of Muhammad's credentials cannot claim to make the same mistake of ignoring the inconsistency between his date of birth in their report and the actual one in his resume which they have too. They would have done their checks and research about him for days or several weeks before coming to the full House to consider his confirmation. In view of these points above, the revelation that it was a typographical error simply begs the question. It is curious and sounds incredible that it was a typographical error. There may be more to it than meets the eyes.
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