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President Muhammadu Buhari (Image courtesy: Nigerian Presidency)

A human rights lawyer Mike Ozekhome (SAN) has said President Muhammadu Buhari can be investigated as the laws of the country permit such.

Concise News reports that Ozekhome said this in a reaction to a statement by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo that he (VP) is ready to waive his immunity over the matter.

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A former chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Timi Frank had accused Osinbajo of getting N90bn from the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) to fund the 2019 elections.

According to Ozekhome, Osinbajo’s statement that he would waive his immunity over the matter is a violation of the constitution.

He said, the VP can only be investigated but not prosecuted until he leaves office; same as his principal.

“So, it is not for Osinbajo to say he will waive his immunity. He cannot waive a constitutional provision which applies to everybody who occupies the office of President, Vice-President, Governor or Deputy Governor, ” he told Sun News.

“To waive it and say prosecute me is to call for violation of Section 308 of the constitution and his oath of office and allegiance to protect and defend the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”

He added that “It is not for him, therefore, to elect to be investigated. He can be investigated. Even President Buhari can be investigated while in office.

“That is what the Supreme Court says. It is just that none of them can be prosecuted now until they leave office.

“But at the end of the day, I see the scenario playing out as the macabre dance of death which is a game toward 2023 and beyond.

“It is not about Osinbajo because when they were sending him to markets in Oshodi, Mushin, Sandgrouse markets in Lagos, didn’t they know that he was a whole Vice-President?

“When Osinbajo was carrying out jobs that should have been done by little hands, they needed him that time to help them win election and so didn’t see any fault in him.

“Some people saw that that N10,000 they were giving out was more of [a] bribe by the ruling party to get people to vote for them because some of these people distributing the Tradermoni were wearing t-shirts bearing ‘Vote Buhari/ Osinbajo.

“Now the faceless cabal believe they have used him and they are now ready to dump him and they want to bring in a preferred candidate who will not be intellectually grounded as Osinbajo; a candidate that they can use again as cannon fodder and then dispense him when they want.

“I want to say that I pity the Tinubus of this world because whether they like it or not they will see Osinbajo as part and parcel of Tinubu.”