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Who Is Nigerian: Buhari of Sudan Or Atiku of Cameroon?

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Nigeria News takes a look at the allegation that former Vice President Atiku is not a Nigerian but Cameroonian.

That AtikuAbubakar is a Cameroonian sounds absurd and makes a mockery of Nigeriademocracy.It describes how low our judiciary has sunk if a counsel to the AllProgressives Congress, APC at the election petition tribunal would label theformer Vice President as a foreigner, saying he is not qualify to rule.

It is sicking to read on the pages of newspapers that Atiku who was born before the creation of Adamawa State in the old Gongola State and later served in the Nigerian Customs Service, rising to the position of Deputy Comptroller General is no more a Nigerian because he contested for presidential position.

I began toquery if Atiku was a Nigerian when he enrolled at the Nigeria Police Collegebut opted out because he lacked knowledge of Mathematics. He later enrolled atthe Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria where he bagged Diploma in Law.

Recall that this same Atiku contested for Gongola governorship and lost but was later elected in 1999 as the Governor of Adamawa State on the platform of the Social Democratic Party (SDP).

We also need to remind ourselves that Atiku could not stay as Adamawa governor because ex-president Olusegun Obasanjo picked him as his Vice in 1999.

What cameout of the election petition tribunal last weekend reminds us how a group ofpeople also labelled President Muhammadu Buhari as an impostor from Sudan.

Buhari, aformer Head of Military Government between 1983 and 1985 suddenly became aSudanese because he had the ambition of running for president in 2019.

There was a time, former Head of State, Sani Abacha was labelled as Nigerien. Some Nigerians claimed that the late military ruler was never from Kano but hailed from Niger.

Former Head of State, Ibrahim Babangida was labelled as Yoruba from Ogbomosho, Southwest Nigeria and that he is not from Minna Niger State.

At a certaintime, former President Olusegun Obasanjo, an Egba chief was alleged to havelied about his ancestry. The rumours and fake news that Obasanjo was from thesoutheast, an Igbo man were loud at a time.

ThePresident of the Senate, Bukola Saraki has his own share of the story, theIlorin Kwara born banker and politician was traced to Ogun State.

His detractors said that Bukola’s father, who happened to be the former Senate leader, late Olusola Saraki was from Abeokuta, Ogun State and not from Kwara as he claimed.

Even now, the former Governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu is still battling with his State of origin as many had posited that the man is from Iragbiji in Osun State.

Why one may not want to throw away all the allegations against some of these leaders, there is a need for the judiciary to put some issues straight.

To me, it is gross defamation of character to create a false identity for a former leader whose nationality is suddenly been subjected to legal and moral contentions because of political gains.

Atiku has a greater chance to prove that he actually won the last presidential election, judging by the irrational defence of the APC counsel at the Election Petition Tribunal.

If all that APC had got was to query the nationality of a former Vice president instead of tabling before the tribunal how it won the election, then the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and by extension Atiku had better capitalize on this flimsy argument of the APC to drive its point.

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