- Abubakar Malami, the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, said the government is not planning to fight insecurity through unconstitutional means
- The minister explained why he will never be involved in any conduct that violates democracy and the Nigerian constitution
- The report alleging plans to suspend the constitution emanated after President Buhari warned of strong actions against secessionists
Abuja - The Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and minister of justice, Abubakar Malami, has described a report which alleged that he advised President Muhammadu Buhari to suspend the Nigerian constitution for the purpose of tackling the escalating insecurity in the country as fabricated.
The minister in a statement issued by his spokesperson, Umar Gwandu, on Wednesday, June 2, said there was never a time he sent a secret memo to the presidency suggesting such anti-constitutional measure, Premium Times reported.
He urged the members of the public to disregard the media report, labeling the claim as false.
The statement said:
''Malami remains a true democrat who believes in rules of law and tenant of democracy and Constitutional order.
The Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice is a constitutionally recognised one with its role and responsibilities embedded in the constitution.''
Malami says he does not operate in secret
According to Leadership, the spokesperson for Malami stated that the AGF will not stoop to such undemocratic actions.
He stated that the government does not operate in secrecy, explaining that Malami discharges his constitutionally recognized mandates.
Gwandu described Malami as a democrat who upholds the principles of transparency, openness, and accountability.
Meanwhile, another allegation has been levelled against AGF Abubakar Malami by Tosin Ojaomo, the special prosecutor to the defunct special presidential investigation panel for recovery of public property.
The allegation claimed that Malami frustrated the recovery of $60 billion stolen from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC). The money is said to be stashed away in Texas, United States.
However, the media aide to the AGF, Umar Gwandu, said the allegation lacks merit and should be dismissed.