- AGF Abubakar Malami has been advised to resign from his office
- The suggestion was offered to Malami on Thursday, May 20, by the Senate spokesman, Ajibola Basiru
- Basiru slammed the AGF for making illogical remarks in reaction to the ban on open grazing
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Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) Abubakar Malami has come under serious heat over his reaction to the ban on open grazing by southern governors.
Replying to Malami on Thursday, May 20, the spokesman of the Senate, Ajibola Basiru, said the AGF's logic of equating the injurious activities of some herdsmen with persons carrying out their legitimate business of selling spare parts is strange and irrational.
Basiru said for this, Malami is not fit and thus has no business occupying his office, The Cable reports.
From The Nation's report, he went on to state that whoever cannot rise above what he termed primordial sentiments and a parochial ethnic agenda should not occupy positions of trust.
Even more, Basiru pointed out that persons without tangible output to national issues should maintain silence instead of rubbishing the President Buhari-led APC administration, adding that statements like those attributed to the AGF do not give hope to victims of herdsmen violence.
“It was not dignifying of the status of the nation’s attorney-general and minister of justice to make such remarks.
“These kinds of statements have made Nigeria a laughing stock in the comity of Nations and they ridicule the administration of President Buhari. These statements are not giving hope to those at the receiving end of the activities of the herdsmen.”
Earlier, Malami said the resolve of southern governors to ban open grazing was illegal.
Speaking on the development on Wednesday, May 19, Malami faulted the decision of the southern governors. He said the resolve of the governors does not align with the provisions of the constitution.
The AGF stated that banning open grazing in the south was equivalent to prohibiting spare parts trading in the north.
“It is about constitutionality within the context of the freedoms expressed in our constitution. Can you deny the rights of a Nigerian?”