Abubakar Malami, the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice of Nigeria, has been criticised by Chidi Odinkalu, a former Chairman of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), for “choosing some separatism as tolerable.”
Malami (SAN) is “acting as the Senior Advocate of Bandits, rather than the Senior Advocate of Nigeria,” according to Odinkalu.
He argued that if Nigerian authorities are truly impartial, bandits and killer herdsmen should have been declared terrorists.
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“In Nigeria, there isn’t a single separatist movement.” “There are separatisms,” Odinkalu, a professor, said recently on Arise TV while discussing separatist agitations in Nigeria.
“Unfortunately, President Buhari has chosen to tolerate some separatism, aided and abetted by the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami. Boko Haram declared a caliphate, as you may recall. That’s what separatism is all about. The bandits aren’t exactly looking to accept Nigeria’s unity.
“So instead of the Senior Advocate of Nigeria, you have the Attorney General of the Federation acting as the Senior Advocate of Bandits. That’s concerning.”
Many critics of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration have called Malami “incompetent.”
Malami was accused of professional misconduct, according to POLITICS NIGERIA. He appeared before a disciplinary panel of the Legal Practitioners’ Privileges Committee in June 2019 to face petitioners seeking to have his Senior Advocate of Nigeria rank stripped due to alleged misconduct. The case was dismissed due to the claimant’s procedural violations.
Izu Aniagu, a lawyer, petitioned the Legal Practitioners’ Privileges Committee (LPPC) in 2020 to have Malami’s Senior Advocate of Nigeria rank removed. Malami unilaterally deleted certain provisions of the Rules of Professional Conduct for Legal Practitioners in violation of the law, according to Aniagu’s petition, which received over 10,000 online signatures. Aniagu later accused the LPPC and Chief Justice Tanko Muhammad of deliberately delaying action on his petition in 2020.