The man who named his dog “Buhari”, Joe Iroko has revealed he has three dogs, one named “Buhari” – a name similar with that of the Nigerian president, Muhammadu Buhari; another named “Obama” – after US President Barack Obama; and the last dog, “Joe”, which shared the man’s name.
He also disclosed having one late dog named “Nelson Mandela”.
Joe made the statement, according to Vanguard on Thursday, August 25, after leaving the Ibara Prisons in Abeokuta, Ogun State, where he had been remanded for four days.
The native of Delta State, was arraigned at the Ota Magistrate’s court on Monday, on a two-count charge of breaching of peace.
He was later granted bail at the sum of N50,000 with two sureties.
Unfortunately for the accused, he couldn’t provide the bail conditions until yesterday, when he was set free.
Joe told newsmen upon his release:
I am so happy. It is a joy to me. I have missed my family; that was most painful. Prison is a place to experienced in one’s life. It is like a rehabilitation home: you learn many things there and there are many people you may not have the opportunity to talk to.
But in prison, you will sit down with them and discuss. There are many things you take for granted, but when you go to prison you know there is law.
As a matter of fact, they misunderstood me. I have three dogs: one bears Obama, one bears Joe, an abbreviation of my name. The third is named Buhari.
I named these dogs after my role models. My late dog was named after Nelson Mandela. I don’t just give any name to my dogs. I give reputable names to my dogs. It is love I have for Buhari; he is my role model.
Buhari is not the President of the North. He is the President of Nigeria.
I see no reason why Northerners should intimidate me: Nigeria is one. I see no reason why they will be intimidating me. It is my right to name my dog any name.
Thank God, I have regained my freedom. The most painful thing is the way they treated my dog. I am not happy that they killed my dog, while I was in detention.
It is my dog, it is my pet. I love my dogs. They have no right to kill my dog. Nigerians should know that there are other dogs in other areas that bear Jack as name.
Why is Buhari so special. It is a name that has been existing for several years.
Maybe he likes naming his dogs after iconic people.