Nigeria may inadvertently be tagged as a nation that boasts of foreigners as leaders or vying for leadership.
Not so long ago, Atiku Abubakar was a Cameroonian and now Buhari is from Niger republic, this is Femi Fani-Kayode’s new addition to our database of foreign leaders and leadership seekers.
While reacting to claims by the ruling APC that the PDP presidential candidate is not a Nigerian but a Cameroonian, Nigeria’s former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode has said that President Muhammadu Buhari is not a Nigerian, because Buhari’s father is from Niger Republic.
Recall that the APC had told the Presidential Tribunal that Abubakar is not a Nigerian by birth and that he came from Cameron, so, by virtue of his not being a Nigerian by birth, Abubakar, was not qualified to have contested the last presidential election, according to the APC statement, Section 131(a) of the Constitution states that a person must be a citizen of Nigeria by birth to be qualified to contest for the office of the President of the country.
The party argued that because Abubakar was born in Jada on November 25, 1946 when the present Adamawa State was a part of Northern Cameroun, he “is therefore a citizen of Cameroon.”
Reacting on his Facebook wall, Fani-Kayode argued that Atiku is a bonafide Nigerian by birth contrary to claim by the APC-led government.
“When a non-Nigerian (Buhari) accuses a bona fide Nigerian of being a foreigner, you begin to appreciate why those that have insisted on calling Nigeria a zoo may have a point.
“It is only in Nigeria that a man whose father was from Niger Republic can accuse others of being foreigners.”