The Ogun State Police Command rearrested a 41-year-old trader who had admitted to naming his pet dog “Buhari”, Mr. Joe Chinakwe and will arraign him before the Sango Magistrate Court in Ogun State today, August 22, 2016.
Some well-informed birds had squealed that the powers that be in Abuja instructed the police to re-arrest the culprit for his witless jocularity in naming his beloved pet dog Buhari, which has now become a criminal offence.
Premium Times gathered that the Assistant Inspector-General of Police for the Zone II Command Headquarters in Lagos, Abdulmajid Ali, had ordered that his case file be transferred to his desk without delay.
Police sources were also quoted as saying that Mr. Chinakwe’s action was “very provocative” and capable of stocking ethno-religious tensions in the country, an allegation he denied.
Rattled by the unfolding development, Nigerians on Twitter have begun to share their different opinions on the matter.
Read tweets below:
U can only know if “Naming A Dog “Buhari”” is an offence or not. When u name your dog wth ur Father’s name and nothing happen in d house
— ENGINEER MK (@MKHUSSAINI) August 21, 2016
We are comfortable naming a dog ‘Jack’, ‘Max’ but frown when someone names the dog ‘Tunde’, ‘Emeka’, ‘Buhari’.
— Osagie Alonge (@OsaGz) August 21, 2016
If Jonathan can be called a Pig by a cashtivist
Also, Obasanjo named an animal patience
I don’t c anything wrong in naming a dog “Buhari”
— Amb Opeyemi Ahmed (@amb_opeyemi) August 20, 2016
— Mazi Benjamin Obinna (@OkoroBenjaminO) August 18, 2016
@LagosTalks913#TheRecap Naming a dog Buhari is his own business. But labeling the dog with that name could be an overdo
— alex ogundadegbe (@alexogundadegbe) August 18, 2016
Naming A Dog “Buhari” isn’t a crime but its a bit weird to name an animal after the current President.
— Ebuka Akara (@ebuka_akara) August 21, 2016
Naming a dog Buhari is an insult to the dog’s
— CHUKA… (@iam_kellyjoe) August 21, 2016
@rockcityfm My take is NO. There is nothing wrong in what the man has done. A dog is an intelligent animal & naming it Buhari does no harm.
— PROF AGBOOLA AAA (@aaaola2012) August 22, 2016
Somebody says naming a dog “Buhari” is an insult to the dogs personality. My hand is not in this one oh.
— NAIJAJOKE.COM (@NAIJAJOKE) August 22, 2016