Mohammed Bello Adoke, a one time attorney-general of the federation and minister of justice has said that a former head of state, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, was under pressure to prosecute President Muhammadu Buhari.
Adoke made this revelation in his book, Burden of Service: The Reminiscences of Nigeria’s Former Attorney-General.
The former minister of justice, however, said that Jonathan rejected some politicians’ move to prosecute President Buhari over his secondary school certificate, The Cable reports.
Adoke went on to say that he disregarded the lawsuit against the the president because the lawyer who filed it did not provide the required evidence. He said: “Buhari was accused of being in violation of the provisions of Sections 131 of the 1999 Constitution on minimum educational qualification and Section 31 (3) of the 2010 Electoral Act which required that copies of his school certificate be attached to the INEC Form CF001. Buhari did not attach the certificate.
“Law suits were filed in court. In all, there were 13 court cases challenging his eligibility, the most prominent being the one filed by a certain Chukwunweike Okafor. Indeed, many private citizens went to court to challenge General Buhari’s eligibility.
“In one instance, I received a letter from a lawyer asking for a fiat to prosecute Buhari on the ground of certificate forgery. I was constrained to deny the application as the lawyer had not furnished me the requisite material upon which I would exercise such discretion.”