Politics

Lawyers demand trial of Buhari for alleged forgery

A group of lawyers under the aegis of Coalition of Concerned Lawyers of Nigeria has called on the Inspector General of Police to investigate a case of perjury and certificate forgery made against the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd.).

In a statement by the leader of the group, Dr. Amaechi Nwaiwu, who is a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, said having relied on the school certificate presented by Buhari in an affidavit sworn to at an Abuja High Court on the 24th of November last year, the APC presidential candidate was duty bound to personally present the certificate to INEC or face the consequences spelt out by the law for perjury.

While picking holes in the statement of the result published by the Government College, Katsina, last week, the legal practitioners said the content of the document did not support the enlistment of Buhari into the military.

The group said the APC candidate appeared to have concealed the fact that he failed Mathematics in view of the fact that it was a requirement for his commissioning into the Nigerian Army officers cadre.

According to the group, the fact that the documents allegedly presented contained some alterations raises more suspicion which must be probed by the police.

Amaechi said that Nigerians have a duty to demand that those who seek public offices abide by the provisions of the constitution.

He said, “The Federal Republic of Nigeria is a state based on the principles of democracy and social justice where sovereignty belongs to the people from whom government, through the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, derives all its power and authority.”

 

source:Punch

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