Igbo man charged to court for naming his dog Buhari

President Buhari is laughing over this dog namesake issue -- Garba Shehu

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo recently bought a three year old chimpanzee.

He named it ‘Patience’ and then donated it to a zoo in Cross Rivers State.

Pictures of the Obasanjo and the ‘Patience’ went viral and that was the end of the story.

6 months down the line, a 30 years old business man bought a dog and named it Buhari.

Something happened.

He’s in police custody, waiting to be arraigned in court.

Here is the meat of the gist: Joe Fortemose Chinakwe resides in Ogun State.

Chinakwe lives across a neighbor whose father bears the name Alhaji Buhari.

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On hearing the name Chinakwe gave his dog, his neighbor (of Northern extraction) reported the case at Sango Police Station.

Before police arrested Chinakwe, his dog mysteriously disappeared. The police searched for it in futility.

The police tuned down bail applications to the accused citing complainants and threats of killing the accused if such happened.

Chinakwe’s case has been transferred to Ogun State Police Command headquarters at Eleweran.

Lamenting their ordeal, Chinakwe’s brother “My brother is a lover of dogs.

“He names them after things that tickle him. He bought this dog a year ago and named it Buhari.

“Unfortunately, some Northerners, who dominate the vicinity where he resides misconstrued his intention and connived to take him up.

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“The complainant then claimed it was derogatory because his father answers Buhari.”

When contacted, the police said Chinakwe’s action was provocative.

The police source said, “The man bought a dog and inscribed Buhari on both sides of its body.

“One Mallam lodged a complaint and when our men got there, we found out that it was true.

“You know such thing can cause serious breach of the peace and ethnic or religious unrest.

“We are charging him to court for conduct likely to cause a breach of peace.

“He was arrested last Saturday and we are taking him to court later today.

“You know an average Northerner will feel bad over such a thing.

“It can cause serious ethnic crisis or religious confrontation,” the police source said.