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Lawyer Withdraws Buhari’s “No WASC Certificate” Suit




President Muhammadu Buhari

The suit seeking the disqualification of President Muhammadu Buhari from the 2015 Presidential Election, alleging that he did not possess the requisite education qualification has been withdrawn.

THISDAY reports that the Abuja-based lawyer, Nnamdi Nwokocha-Ahaiwe, who filed the suit withdrew it in a notice of discontinuance dated June 27. It read:

“Take note that the plaintiff in this originating summons, Nnamdi Nwokocha-Ahaaiwe, hereby discontinues this action.”

Nwokocha-Ahaaiwe had alleged that Buhari did not sit for the Cambridge West African School Certificate (WASC) in 1961 as he claimed.

Buhari was represented by 13 Senior Advocates of Nigeria, led by Wole Olanipekun.

Other lawyers on the president’s team were Femi Falana, Charles Edosomwan,  Akin Olujinmi, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, Kola Awodein, H.O. Afolabi, Taiwo Osipitan, Lateef FagbemiEmeka Ngige, Femi Atoyebi, Funke Aboyade, and Muiz Banire.

Justice Adeniyi Ademola of the Federal High Court, Abuja consequently struck out the case following the notice of discontinuance filed by the plaintiff.

In an interview with THISDAY last month, Nwokocha-Ahaaiwe had said that there were some subtle threats on him concerning the case.

“Of course, I am concerned and my family and friends are too; I am not naïve 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 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,” he said.


  1. Noms

    June 30, 2016 at 2:42 pm

    Wow, 13 Senior Advocates representing a client for WASC? This constitution really needs to be revised abi amended. We all know how it is in the job market…..Minimum of Second Class Upper degree between the ages of 26-30. And we put A WHOLE COUNTRY in the hands of a WASC holder?Lets even assume he sat for the exams. I’m not one who thinks its all about certificate but abeg, we need to upgrade.

    • nnenne

      June 30, 2016 at 11:48 pm

      @ norns, go back in history and take a look at those military usurpers of power.
      Schools Certificate made it possible for them to rule.
      Need you ask why they squandered the riches?
      Corruption apart, they had no vision.

  2. Busarni

    June 30, 2016 at 2:44 pm

    Why won’t he withdraw the petition; when he has been getting threats. Una president will be quick to use efcc after his percieved political enemies yet just to verify the authenticity of his certificate he gathered SAN’s.
    Hypocrites, our politicians behaving like they own the air they breath; not realizing that they can just go to bed healthy and not wake up. Change indeed…..

  3. Mr. Egghead

    June 30, 2016 at 2:52 pm

    Manipulation in high places.
    Can a lamb dance with a tiger and not get eaten?
    Nigerian politics has a very murky underbelly. The man was a lightweight trying to upend the establishment.

    In other news: Boris Johnson ???

  4. Amaka

    June 30, 2016 at 3:07 pm

    Oga, you were embarking on a dangerous journey. This is not the US where Donald Trump publicly questioned Obama’s citizenship and evidence was produce with no threats. I think you should stay alive my brother. God has a plan for your life. Me I don talk my own ‘It doesn’t want it’ in Jenifer’s English.

  5. nene+

    June 30, 2016 at 3:47 pm

    Demon crazy…. Democracy died since May 29th 2015.
    Long hisssssssssss
    The silence is deafening, loquacious parrots are down with taciturnity ,every one peeping from the holes in their huts……
    Not like they are not suffering and smiling but the vindictive boss body language is read by Mangu 24hours.
    Talk and your sins will be unearthed. All is fight against corruption.

  6. Jamce

    June 30, 2016 at 4:57 pm

    As the lawyer Mr. Nnamdi Nwokocha-Ahaiwe has rightly pointed out most of our so-called activists are mere opportunists making so much noise to be “called to eat”. It is unfortunate that a dictator has been foisted on Nigeria in the name of CHANGE orchestrated by those who were desperate to grab power. Now, it is becoming clear the agenda of the real Buhari.

  7. nunulicious

    June 30, 2016 at 5:13 pm

    Why did you withdraw the case? I was waiting for you to see it through. I would have supported you IF you were able to prove your case even though I voted for Buhari. What exactly are you afraid of? when would people stop playing lip service to our situation in this country?

    Maybe one of the anti-buhari folks that are always bashing PMB would take it up and stop their melodramatic verbal shenanigans and actually put their money where their mouth is. Enough talk, time for action.

    • Hills

      June 30, 2016 at 5:37 pm

      Are you really asking what he is afraid of? Didn’t you read? Really?

    • nunulicious

      June 30, 2016 at 9:24 pm

      @Hills, yes I’m asking what he’s afraid of. The Holy book, the bible says who wants to build a house and will not first sit down and count the cost? when he was filing the case did he think it was going to be a walk in the park? was he not aware that subtle and even overt threats would be made? After making a show of filing in the court he now withdraws, such a cowardly act and what nonsense!
      Gani Fawehinmi was not a talker nor a commentator nor a troll. He was a man of action. The judiciary and the media are the most potent tools for our country to move forward. Use it and stop trolling. .

    • kikiki

      June 30, 2016 at 9:36 pm

      You no see her yeye name? Nunulicious? Sounds like milk bearer for alhajis…..kikikikiki

    • J3nnif3r

      June 30, 2016 at 6:29 pm

      U are such a nonentity…so what are u saying?

    • dzy

      June 30, 2016 at 6:41 pm

      Femi Kuti’s last album has a song called “One man show”.
      Femi- “Let me warn you,before you start your journey to fight for freedom, democracy and justce, before you start to fight for your people. Your people dey fear dem no ready to die, dem dey look for the man/woman dem go push go for front, Dem go hail you, praise you but when police/soldier come them go leave you and run away”

      So I understand why he withdrew the case. We as Nigerians has made a choice to go back to dictatorship. So let us live with it, why should he leave his family to die or go to prison.

    • tunmi

      June 30, 2016 at 6:46 pm

      I’m with you. He should have taken it all the way. Why start something you cannot finish?

    • Engoz

      June 30, 2016 at 10:10 pm

      I absolutely agree with you. He obviously did not have enough evidence to PROVE his case, hence the withdrawal. If he had a solid case, why withdraw? Threats my ass. The real problem was that he was foolhardy to file a law suit without concrete evidence to back up his claims.

    • nnenne

      June 30, 2016 at 11:33 pm

      @nunulicopus… The case was thrown out of court not withdrawn..

  8. NG

    June 30, 2016 at 5:32 pm

    Withdrawn from the court of law but can it be withdrawn from the court of public opinion? Just like we will not be silent on Halliburton and the Aish Buhari saga, we have platforms to prosecute our own claim on the certificate saga-#PMBshowyacertificate! #WhereistheWASCcertificate?

    • nunulicious

      June 30, 2016 at 9:48 pm

      @NG, and what will the court of public opinion do? As the youths of this country, please tell me we’re smart enough to know that in the final analysis, the court of law is where action is taken the public opinion is for talkers. Time to start doing, enough talking.

    • Engoz

      June 30, 2016 at 10:26 pm

      “please tell me we’re smart enough to know that in the final analysis, the court of law is where action is taken the public opinion is for talkers.”

      Wow, brilliant! Tell them, nunulicious! Nigerians are used to noisemakers that’s why. Please continue to reiterate that the courts are not for fancy or based on public opinion. Civilized societies win cases through the courts and not public opinion.

  9. mrs chidukane

    June 30, 2016 at 9:55 pm

    It’s a pity he withdrew it but I understand life first. It would have been interesting to see the outcome.

  10. mrs chidukane

    June 30, 2016 at 9:57 pm

    And I agree, this requirement of wasc that cannot even get a Nigerian youth a manageable job has to be upgraded. It is total rubbish.

  11. Naijatalk

    June 30, 2016 at 10:57 pm

    No one is ready to die for the greater good. The great civilizations we admire and emulate today became what they are through sacrifice. No one is willing to die for Nigeria anymore. The brave ones died and no one remembers them.

  12. nnenne

    June 30, 2016 at 11:41 pm

    @ Nunulicious… kindly appeal to Buhari to show us how he sponsored his election. How he is paying for his children’s tuition in London.
    All we are asking for is transparency, equity, fairness, justice and affordable cup of Garri.

    • nunulicious

      July 1, 2016 at 10:20 pm

      @Nnenne. i’m not interested. Since you are, ask him yourself.

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