A legal practitioner, Mr. Nnamdi Nwokocha-Ahaaiwe, who had claimed that Buhari did not meet up with the qualifications necessary to vie for the office of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria because he did not have a certificate to prove that he sat for the Cambridge West African School Certificate (WASC) in 1961, has filed a notice at the Federal High Court in Abuja to discontinue the suit he instituted.
The notice to discontinue the case was dated June 27 and read: “Take note that the plaintiff in this originating summons, Nnamdi Nwokocha-Ahaaiwe, hereby discontinues this action”.
Although Nwokocha-Ahaaiwe did not state a reason for withdrawing the case from court, there are insinuations that the action of the lawyer was as a result indirect threats on his life to remove the case from court.
During an interview with ThisDay last month, the legal practitioner disclosed that his life was being threatened by those who wanted him to withdraw the case. He had said:
“Of course, I am concerned and my family and friends are too; I am not naive 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.”
As revealed in the suit, the Lagos-based lawyer argued that Buhari was not qualified to contest for the office of the President based on the allegation that he did not obtain the minimum academic qualification to do so.