The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN has described as a false and fictitious report alleging that he authored a secret memo to President Muhammadu Buhari urging him to take anti-constitutional measures.
Malami said he remains a true democrat who believes in rules of law and tenant of democracy and Constitutional order.
Solacebase reports that an online newspaper had reported that Attorney-General Abubakar Malami had written lengthy legal advice to the president, urging him to move swiftly to suspend the fundamental rights of all Nigerians as guaranteed under Chapter IV of the Constitution.
It said in the eight-page secret memo dated May 4, 2021, Mr Malami told Mr Buhari that insecurity across Nigeria has reached a level that could no longer be checked by existing democratic techniques, saying only a state of emergency promulgated by the president can help return the country to tranquillity.
According to the online newspaper, the memo was endorsed to the president by National Security Adviser Babagana Monguno and administration officials are divided on how to proceed with the advice.
However, Malami in a statement issued by his media aide, Dr Umar Jibrilu Gwandu, on Wednesday in Abuja, denied the existence of such letter and emanating from him.
In the statement, Malami urged the general public to disregard the media report as fabrications of anti-constitutional democratic stability in Nigeria.
‘’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,’’ said the statement.
‘’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. ‘’