Dog Named Buhari, Presidency Explains Why Buhari Didn’t Intervene

President Muhammadu Buhari saw the arrest and prosecution Joachim Iroko, a 41 year old trader arrested by the police in Ogun State for naming his dog ‘Buhari,’ as “a ‘laughable incident”, his spokesman, Garba Shehu, said late Thursday.

In a short reaction posted on his Twitter handle, Mr. Shehu said those criticising Mr. Buhari for failing to act on the matter were “ignorance of the type of person he is.”

“He enjoys cartoons and likes sharing them. The ones he enjoys the most are those that caricature him,” Mr. Shehu said. “People should listen to the real story behind this dog incident and to not waste precious time seeking the hand of the President in a laughable incident!”

Mr. Shehu’s comment was the first time the Buhari administration would comment on the development, which has grabbed the headlines for nearly two weeks and sparked debates about free speech.

It also came a few hours after Mr. Iroko was released from jail, after spending three days behind bars while his family sought funds for his bail bond.

The three days were in addition to the eight days Mr. Iroko spent in a police cell in Sango Otta, Ogun State.

Mr. Iroko was first arrested on August 14 by officers attached to the Sango Otta Division after receiving complaints from a neighbour who said the name he gave his dog was offensive.

Salihu Umar filed complaints against Mr. Iroko with the police, alleging that the ‘Buhari’ name Mr. Iroko gave his dog was the same as his father’s name.

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Presidency Explains Why PMB Will Not Intervene In NASS Crisis

The Presidency, yesterday, said President Muhammadu Buhari would not intervene in the lingering crisis rocking the National Assembly, citing separation of powers as reason for that.

This came as Sokoto Governor and Chairman, Peace Committee on House of Representatives leadership crisis, Alhaji Aminu Tambuwal, said that peace process was on going, promising that soon, the crisis would be resolved.

President Buhari had come under pressure from many quarters for his apparent docility amid the lingering face-off in the National Assembly and his party, the All Progressives Congress, APC, accusing him of not being assertive.

Speaking in an exclusive interview with  in Abuja, yesterday, on the apparent docility of the President amid the lingering crises in the National Assembly and his party, the APC, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, said Buhari had since chosen to give recourse to the Constitution of the land and the principle of separation of power on which Nigeria bases its federalism.

Adesina said Buhari’s intervention would portray him as a “dictator or a despot” which he said runs at variance with  democratic ethos and values.

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Senate Leadership Crisis, APC Govs To Intervene

Governors of the All Progressive Congress have resolved to wade into the leadership crisis in the senate after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari to express their displeasure over what is happening in the senate.

Addressing State House correspondents after a closed door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari, the governors of Imo and Edo states, Rochas Okorocha and Adams Oshiomhole respectively said the senators cannot continue to act in defiance of the party’s directives.

Governor Okorocha said the governors decided to meet with the president because  “we are not happy with what is happening within our senators in the National Assembly.

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Mu’azu Begs IBB, Abdusalami To Intervene

The embattled Niger State governor, Dr Muazu Babangida Aliyu has prevailed on former military President General Ibrahim Babangida and former Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar to save him from the threat to impeach him from office.

The governor decided to seek the intervention of the two elder statesmen from the state after attempts to pacify the lawmakers failed.

The governor has equally reached out to the state traditional council led by its chairman, Etsu Nupe Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar to save him from the imminent disgrace.

The state House of Assembly has issued a notice of impeachment on the governor for not carrying the lawmakers along in the running of the state.

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Buhari Refuses To Intervene In Choice Of Senate President, Speaker

President-elect Muhammadu Buhari has declined attempts to drag him into the ongoing intrigues surrounding the election of the Senate President and Speaker of the House of Representatives.

Buhari’s decision not to get involved in the politics of the National Assembly is because he does not want to be seen as an interloper.

He had told leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC), who have approached him  to intervene in intrigues, that he was ready to work with whoever is elected as the Senate President as well as the Speaker.

He had told the leaders that he does not want people to see him as dictator because that was the tag his opponents have put on him since he started bidding for the Presidency in 2003

Buhari’s resolve not to get involved has unsettled many of the leaders of the party, who believe that he has to put his feet on the ground to forestall the looming crisis in the party.

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