Dog Named Buhari: Presidency Reacts


The Presidency has finally reacted to the arrest, detention and remand of an Igbo trader, Joachim Chinakwe, whose popularity grew after he named his dog ‘Buhari’.

The President’s media aide, Garba Shehu, has said Mr. President had no hand in Joachim Chinakwe’s arrest after he named his dog Buhari. Adding that those linking him to the trader’s arrest are just displaying their ignorance of the type of person the President is.

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He said the President must be having a good laugh over the whole thing as he enjoys cartoons and likes sharing them, especially the ones that caricature him.

Trader, Dog, Buhari

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“I am thinking of saying, using my own handle that people linking the President to this dog incident are just displaying their 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. It is cheap and sensational to say he can order a police action against a caricature. When he picks a paper, the first page he reaches for is the cartoon page. He laughs and laughs.

“The President must be having a good laugh over this whole thing. 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.”

The Igbo trader, Joe Fortemose Chinakwe, had been arrested by Ogun state police command  for naming his pet dog ‘Buhari’. He was arrested on August 13, following a complaint by one of his neighbours, Halilu Umar, that Joe named the dog after his (Umar’s) father, Alhaji Buhari.

Joe was then  arraigned before an Ota Magistrate’s Court 2 on Monday for conduct likely to cause breach of peace. The presiding Chief Magistrate, B.J. Ojikutu granted him bail in the sum of N50,000 with two sureties in like sum after he pleaded not guilty to the charge.

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But failure of Iroko’s family members to meet up with the bail conditions led to his remand in Ibara Prison until Thursday morning when he was finally released.

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