Prosecute Buhari for perjury – Lawyers’ Group

By Post Nigeria January 26, 2015 10:51

Prosecute Buhari for perjury – Lawyers’ Group

A group of lawyers under the aegis of the 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, APC, Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, rtd.

The leader of the group, Dr. Amaechi Nwaiwu, SAN, at a press conference in Abuja, 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.

The legal practitioners said the contents of the statement of result published by the Government College, Katsina last week, clearly filled with contradictory information 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 considering 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 looked into by the police.

Nwaiwu 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.”

The coalition said a matter such as whether a candidate possesses minimum qualification for the Presidency is beyond partisan politics and must be conclusively proved and that, “where someone swears to an affidavit, he puts himself to the public as being able to prove his averments.”