Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malani, on Wednesday countered reports that he had advised President Muhammadu Buhari to suspend the 1999 Constitution and introduce emergency rule.
He had been accused of advising Buhari to take the step in an eight-page memo.
Malami was said to have predicated his alleged advice in the high state of insecurity in the country.
He, however, denied the claims in a statement, noting that as a firm believer in democratic tenets, he couldn’t have issued such an advice to the president.
The statement was issued by his media aide, Dr. Umar Gwandu.
It reads: “The attention of the Office of the Honourable Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN has been drawn to a false and fictitious report alleging that there was a secret memo emanating from the Office to the Presidency,” the statement reads.
It continued that the general public is “hereby asked to disregard the media report as fabrications of anti-constitutional democratic stability in Nigeria.”
“Malami remains a true democrat who believes in rules of law and tenets of democracy and Constitutional order.”
“The Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice is a constitutionally recognized one with its role and responsibilities embedded in the constitution.”
“It is antithetical to common sense to think that the holder of such coveted Office as the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice will stoop to what was printed by the media.”
“The Government does not operate in secrecy as it is not a clandestine operation. Hence, Malami discharges his constitutionally recognized mandates in compliance with principles of transparency, openness and accountability.”