Attorney genaral of the Federation, Abubakar Malami has stated that some people are taking advantage of the federal government’s respect for human rights and rule of law to commit insurgency.
He said this during a Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) programme on Tuesday.
Malami warned that the Buhari administration will not sit back and watch those persons take up arms to render the government “helpless”.
He condemned the attacks, by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has been accused of carrying out, Buhari had said: “Those of us in the fields for 30 months, who went through the war, will treat them in the language they understand.”
He also alledged that federal government has been respecting the rule of law and enforcing fundamental human rights.
But “Perhaps what we are witnessing today in terms of impunity, insurgency could equally be attributed in one way or the other to a religious submission to the rule of law by the government,” he said.
Example “Consider chapter four of the constitution on the enforcement of fundamental human rights; people are now operating much more in breach as far as the fundamental human rights enforcement is concerned as against operating in such a way that the rights are intended to bring about a harmonious co-existence in the system.
“So, perhaps, what is unfolding today is on the account of religious observance of the rule of law as enshrined in the constitution.
“Rather than people taking advantage of the human rights principles in the constitution positively, they are perhaps using it outside the reign of constitutional consideration.”
He added that the Buhari administration remains committed to the rule of law “within the context of allowing the procedure and organs of government to operate optimally and effectively.”
He concluded thay “A single individual, within the context of public interest and the interest of justice, cannot singly make a decision that will now render the judiciary, the executive and legislature helpless and useless.