- Nigeria's AGF and justice minister, Abubakar Malami, has said no law stops him from administering oaths
- Malami was reacting to criticisms that trailed his administering of oath during the APC'w recently held NEC meeting
- The AGF explained that the office of the attorney-general exercises dual functions inclusive of that of the minister of justice which is a political and advisory function
The Attorney-General of the Federation and minister of justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN) has said that there was no any legal impediment which stops him from administering of oaths being a lawyer, a SAN, notary public and a legal practitioner.
PR Nigeria reports that Malami made this known in a statement issued by his special assistant on media, Dr Umar Jibrilu Gwandu.
Legit.ng notes that the minister was reacting to the criticisms that trailed his administering of oath to the newly appointed caretaker committee chairman of the APC during the party's recently held NEC meeting.
He said working towards the entrenchment of democracy and democratic culture is not only a desirable responsibility but a constitutional one.
Malami also explained that the office of the attorney-general exercises dual functions inclusive of that of the minister of justice which is a political and advisory function, while administration of justice is one of such functions.
“A federation is an embodiment of the governance inclusive of the Executive, Legislature and Judiciary with a possible expansion to accommodate private, corporate and associated entities.
"Within that context, it will not be out of place for an Attorney-General of the Federation to administer an oath on any one inclusive of leadership of any political party whether he belongs to it or not," the senior lawyer said .
“Within the context of the other consideration, a lawyer, a judge and indeed a private legal practitioner and a commissioner for oath are recognized statutorily as people vested with the power to administer an oath. The Attorney General of the Federation that has fallen within that circle is never an exception,” he added.
The minister continued: “The fundamental question that begs for an answer remains whether there exists any legal impediment on Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice in relation to administration of oath being a lawyer, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria and a legal practitioner. Malami, therefore, renewed commitment in discharging constitutional responsibilities of upholding the democratic culture and compliance to the rule of law."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that a former federal lawmaker and one-time member of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Dino Melaye, faulted the appointment of Yobe governor, Mai Mala Buni, as the head of the party's caretaker committee chair.
In a singular tweet on Saturday, June 27, Melaye provided a screenshot of what he claimed was the APC's constitution which forbids the appointment of someone in an elected executive position to serve in any organ of the party simultaneously.
This, his tweet claimed, is stated in Article 17 (6) of the ruling party's constitution.
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