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Thursday, 30 June 2016

Lawyer withdraws case seeking Buhari’s disqualification

The lawyer claiming that Buhari lacks education and didn’t sit for WASC exams remove his case from the court – He alleged that there are indirect threats to his life.

Lawyer Nnamdi Nwokocha-Ahaaiwe, who filed suit for the disqualification of Muhammadu Buhari for lack of school certificate for the office of president, has withdrawn his case.

This Day reports that Nwokocha-Ahaaiwe filed the notice of discontinuance, dated June 27, and did not explain the reason for removing the case from court. The notice reads: “Take note that the plaintiff in this originating summons, Nnamdi Nwokocha-Ahaaiwe, hereby discontinues this action.”

There are rumours that the recent action may have been forced by the indirect threats on his life to remove the case from court. Nwokocha-Ahaaiwe had alleged that there were some subtle threats on him to withdraw the case from court. The lawyer told reporters that there is threat to his life:

“Of course, I am concerned and my family and friends are too; I am not naïve and some subtle threats have already been made. For now it is small comfort that if anything happens to me, even if disguised as an accident or anything, Nigerians will know exactly who is responsible.

“In any case, it was Professor Wole Soyinka, I think, who once said in one of his books that ‘The Man Dies in Him Who Keeps Quiet in The Face of Tyranny’ or something of the sort. Speaking of which, I am amazed at the conspiracy of silence by Nigerians. It is astounding is it not, that in the light of this very apparent rape of our constitution, laws, indeed the very essence of our democracy, all of our civil society advocates and activists have gone deaf and dumb in the face of tyranny.”

“All those voluble persons (and I don’t want to name them; they know themselves and Nigerians know them too), who pretend they are activists or keepers of the moral conscience of the nation astonishingly can’t see or appreciate what is happening. This country really misses Chief Gani Fawehinmi; he was the only fearless, credible, true and genuine conscience of the nation, not the pretenders we have today; all the others only make noise when it suits them and their interests but look the other way once they are compromised. None of us today, can tie Gani’s shoe-laces.”

The suit, filed by the Lagos-based lawyer, argued that Muhammadu Buhari was not qualified to contest the office of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on grounds that he did not obtain the minimum academic qualification to do so.

It also supposed that Buhari did not sit for the Cambridge West African School Certificate in 1961 as he had earlier claimed.

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