17 July 2011
As reported today on Elombah.com, the Presidential candidate of the Congress for Progressive Change, CPC, in the Nigeria April elections, General Muhammadu Buhari is set to take former Chairman, Guardian Editorial Board, Mr Reuben Abati to court. WHY? On Friday, April 22, 2011, Abati who is now the Special Assistant to President Goodluck Jonathan on Media, “published or caused to be published in the Guardian Newspaper that Buhari incited the
post-election violence especially in the Northern Part of the Country”.
In the said election, President Goodluck of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, defeated Buhari’s CPC.
In a Notice of Intention to Commence Legal Proceedings, sent to Mr Reuben Abati by Messrs Tope Adebayo, LLP, the Lawyers to General Buhari said: “In the article you alleged that our client in the first week of March 2011 “advised his supporters to lynch anybody who tries to rig the April polls. In the publication also you alleged that our client made inciting statements to wit: .........
Curiously, The Guardian newspaper, where the article in question was published was not sued, going by the tone of the letter. Though it is possible The Guardian might also be sued, we wait to find out.
However, Observers also wonder: "Why wait till now before this legal action?"