Abubakar Malami Refute Claims Of Him Sending A Memo To Buhari To Suspend Constitution And Declare Martial Law

The Attorney General Of The Federation stated that it is unbelievable that such a memo can originate from his office as he remains a firm believer in the tenets of democracy and constitutional order.

He also cleared that the submission in a statement on Wednesday night by his media aide Dr. Umar Jibrilu Gwandu in which he reacted to allegations of plotting to declare a state of emergency in the country.

In the eight-page secret memo dated May 4, 2021, Mr Malami was said to have 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.

But reacting to the allegation, Malami denied ever issuing such a memo and described himself as a supporter of constitutional democracy.

He added that the government doesn’t operate in secrecy, hence there was no need to have written any secrete memo to the presidency as claimed in the report.

“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.”

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“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.”


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