Atiku's Citizenship Saga: Do You Think The Case Has Merit?

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I am not a lawyer but having followed a lot of legal tussles and red a lot of legal judgments, I think I'm informed enough to speak in matters of jurisprudence. When Atiku's case of citizenship was first mentioned in 2019, we laughed it off as a joke. But the case has been dusted up again with the Attorney General of the Federation deposing to an affidavit in support of the case. That's some big case there, men. Now, having taken time to read through the arguments and counterarguments of counsels in the case, I am tempted to admit that the case has MERIT. The law is bitch. And has no place for our feelings and sentiments no matter how loud we shout. There are some few things we need to highlight:- First, the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1960, 1963, 1979 and 1999, explicitly stated, without any form of ambiguity or equivocation, in sections 26 and 27, that anyone aspiring to be President or even Vice President of Nigeria must be a "CITIZEN BY BIRTH". Second, it is true and without contest, that Atiku was born in 1946 in what was then Northern Cameroon. However, by the plebiscite of 1961, Northern Cameroon voted to become part of Nigeria. By which time Atiku's parents had died. So it therefore means that Atiku is a citizen of Nigeria by "PLEBISCITE" and not by "BIRTH". Third, the argument that the case is absurd because Atiku had been a commissioned officer of the Nigerian Customs, the Governor of Adamawa and ultimately the Vice President of the Federal republic, is flawed. Because that Atiku has never been challenged all these times does not make his being challenged now absurd or illogical or illegal. In worst case scenario, if this case succeeds, he will possibly be stripped of the privileges he enjoys for all those heights he has gotten to because he got there in error and on wrong foundation. Well, these are just my thoughts and analysis of the matter. What's yours? Note: I'm a PDP apologist and if anything, I'm rooting for PDP to repeat the 2019 Atiku/Obi ticket. This is purely reason taking precedence over sentiments. I said this so you contribute constructively and not see this piece as an anti-Atiku campaign. Penguin is a bird of reason!

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