Controversy has trailed the news of an Igbo trader in Ogun State who was arrested and subsequently charged to court for naming his dog after Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari. However, the newly appointed vice president of Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) who resumes the role in few weeks time, Monday Ubani, has declared that the accused, Joe Chinakwe, committed no offense for naming his pet "Buhari."
Speaking on Wednesday, Ubani said:
"In the eye of the law, it is not criminal for somebody to name his or her dog after another person. It may be offensive by examining the circumstances under which the incident happened.
"I understand that a particular dog was named after a neighbour and both of them were not in good terms; in a Hausa community somewhere in the South-West.
"So expediency would have prevailed on him not to name his dog after somebody he was quarrelling with.
"The Bible says wisdom profited for direction. Anything you are doing must be with wisdom. If such a thing would provoke unnecessary argument, you should avoid it."