The issue of a dog named Buhari in the past weeks has generated controversies across the country and many Nigerians believe the owner of the dog, Joe Chinakwe was arraigned because the case involves Mr. President.
Many considered that Chinakwe’s right to freedom of expression has been trampled upon and condemned President Muhammadu Buhari for instigating the arrest of the man. Reacting to this, the Assistant Inspector-General (AIG) of Police in charge of Zone 2 Command, Abdulmajid Ali, clarified that the case of dog named Buhari, has no connection with the President but his neighbor, whose father the name ‘Buhari’ with President.
He said Chinakwe was not arraigned for naming the dog Buhari, but for inscribing the name on both sides of the dog and parading it around the Ketere area of Sango Ota, in the Ado Odo Ota Local Government Area of Ogun State, adding that his behaviour was capable of causing a breach of the peace.
Chinakwe, who had been released on bail, was arraigned after his neighbour, Halilu Umar, whose late father bore Buhari, reported him to the police.
In a statement on Monday, by the zone 2 command spokesperson, SP Muyiwa Adejobi, the AIG, stated that the case was misconstrued as an attack on the President.
The statement read in part, “The case has nothing to do with the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Mohammad Buhari, but with one Alhaji Buhari, the biological father of the complainant, Alhaji Halilu Umar.”
“It is fundamental to state that the man was not charged to court for christening his dog Buhari, but for the behaviour of the suspect and circumstances surrounding the matter when Mr. Joe (Chinakwe), who had been having conflicts with his neighbour,(complainant) named his dog Buhari, his neighbour’s father’s name, inscribed Buhari on both sides of the said dog, and started parading the dog with swagger among his neighbours and traders who are mostly northerners.”