The Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, has disputed media claims that he wrote a document to President Muhammadu Buhari recommending that the constitution be suspended and a Marshall law declared to deal with the country’s security situation.
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In an exclusive report reproduced by Journalist101, People Gazette claimed that in a leaked secret memo from the Office of the AGF, the president was advised to suspend some provisions of the Constitution, particularly section 24 dealing with fundamental human rights, and declare Marshall law to allow the FG to deal with the country’s security situation.
Malami, in a statement signed by Special Assistant on Media and Public Relations Umar Jibrilu Gwandu, refuted the accusation, calling it a fabrication and reiterating that the AGF stands for constitutional democracy.
The full statement is as follows:
“The Honourable Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN, has been alerted to a false and fabricated allegation suggesting that the Office of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN, sent a confidential note to the President.
“The general public is now advised to dismiss media reports of anti-constitutional democratic stability in Nigeria as fabrications. Malami remains a sincere democrat who adheres to the rule of law and is a supporter of democracy and the rule of law.
“The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice is a constitutionally recognised office, with its role and obligations enshrined in the law.
“It defies logic to believe that the holder of such a prestigious position as Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice would stoop to what was published in the media.
“Because it is not a clandestine operation, the government does not act in secrecy. As a result, Malami carries out his constitutionally mandated responsibilities by values of transparency, openness, and accountability.
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