A man who named his dog after Nigerian President Muhammadu
Buhari defended his decision on Monday, saying he has nothing but
admiration and respect for the leader.
Joachim Iroko Chinakwe, a textile trader, was arrested by
police last month and charged with an act likely to cause breach of
peace after naming his dog Buhari.
But speaking at the magistrate court in the town of Ota in the
southwestern state of Ogun, Chinakwe said he only has love for the
president.Chinakwe told AFP before court proceedings
â€œPresident Buhari is a man after my heart. I
have great love and admiration for him because of his honesty,
discipline and integrity,â€
â€œI also salute his courage and resilience. Here
is a man who ran for the presidency three times and failed. But he
did not give up. He ran again for the fourth time and to God be the
glory, won,â€ the 40-year-old added.
Chinakwe also revealed the dog wasnâ€™t the
only family member who shared a name with the head of state.
In September, he named his newborn girl
â€œAishaâ€, after the
â€œThis is to further demonstrate my love for
the Buhari family,â€ said Chinakwe.
Chinakweâ€™s lawyer Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa said
the case was an abuse of power and should be dismissed.
Adegboruwa, a Lagos-based human rights lawyer, is known for
his acrimonious relationship with the government and was this year
arrested by Nigeriaâ€™s anti-graft agency.
â€œThere is no law that says a man cannot
give any name to his dog,â€ he told AFP.
Police maintain the dog case has nothing to do with the
president, alleging that Chinakwe inscribed the name on the sides
of his dog and paraded the pet in the streets to antagonise a
neighbour whose fatherâ€™s name is Buhari.
The matter has been adjourned until November 21.