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I didn’t ask Buhari to suspend 1999 Constitution – Malami




The Legal professional Common of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, has denied authoring a memo purportedly asking President Muhammadu Buhari to droop the 1999 Structure and exchange it with a Martial Legislation.


Malami, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria and Chief Legislation officer of the nation, insisted that such memo by no means emanated from his workplace.

In a denial assertion launched in Abuja and despatched to DAILY POST, the AGF described the media report linking him with the memo because the handiwork of anti-constitution components.

The denial assertion was issued by Malami’s Particular Assistant on Media and Public Relations, Dr Umar Jibrila Gwandu.

The assertion learn partly “The eye of the Workplace of the Honourable Legal professional Common 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 Workplace to the Presidency.

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“Common publics are hereby requested to ignore the media report as fabrications of anti-constitutional democratic stability in Nigeria.

“Malami stays a real democrat who believes in guidelines of legislation and tenets of democracy and Constitutional order.

“The Workplace of the Legal professional-Common of the Federation and Minister of Justice is a constitutionally recognised one with its position and duties embedded within the structure.

“It’s antithetical to frequent sense to assume that the holder of such coveted Workplace because the Legal professional-Common of the Federation and Minister of Justice will stoop to what was printed by the media.

“The Authorities doesn’t function in secrecy as it’s not a clandestine operation. Therefore, Malami discharges his constitutionally acknowledged mandates in compliance with rules of transparency, openness and accountability.

A media group had claimed having a leaked memo the place Malami reportedly requested Buhari to droop the 1999 Structure and declare Martial Legislation on Nigeria

The media outfit, Peoples Gazette quoted copiously a part of the allegedly leaked memo the place the AGF reportedly instructed to President Buhari to dispose of the 1999 structure and go for martial legislation to control the nation.

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The report indicated that “President Muhammadu Buhari is on the verge of declaring a state of emergency throughout Nigeria, in accordance with a secret memo that has now come to mild in addition to affirmation from authorities sources aware of the matter, Individuals’s Gazette has reported.

“That is because the administration struggles to rid the nation of insecurity as terrorism, banditry and rise up from separatist teams threaten the nation’s stability.

“Abubakar Malami, Nigeria’s Legal professional-Common and Minister of Justice within the stated memo requested the President to maneuver with alacrity to droop Nigerian’s “basic rights assured underneath Chapter IV of the Structure,” stated an unique revealed Wednesday by Peoples Gazette.

“The report famous that Malami, within the eight pages long-secret memo, dated Could 4, 2021, counselled Mr Buhari, that insecurity throughout the nation has reached a breaking level the place a state of emergency declared by the President seems to be the one solution to restore much-needed tranquillity, saying current democratic methods are now not match for goal.

“The essence of declaration is to permit for suspension of constitutional and authorized bureaucratic bottlenecks pertaining to issues of Nationwide Safety with explicit regards to basic rights assured underneath Chapter IV of the 1999 Structure and processes and procedures referring to procurements, amongst others,” the attorney-general reportedly stated.

The Minister additional suggested that the “devices of emergency” be instantly issued and revealed within the federal gazette with leaders of each chambers of the Nationwide Meeting, Ahmed Lawan (Senate) and Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila (Home) saved within the loop.

“To douse possible authorized stress, it will be significant for the proclamation instrument of the assertion of emergency to expressly present for the suspension of Chapter IV of the 1999 Structure and its attendant enforcement guidelines,” Mr Malami wrote.

“The suspension of rights pertaining to issues of nationwide safety will then give authorized backing for the proclamation of the assertion of emergency to be operational and efficient with out litigious or judicial distractions.”

The Gazette’s report additional learn: “Within the early pages of the doc, Mr Malami cited widespread acts of insecurity and blamed distinguished separatist agitators like Sunday Igboho and Nnamdi Kanu for fueling the protracted disaster that has enveloped the nation and aggravated the social and financial circumstances of Nigerians.

“The memo was endorsed to the president by Nationwide Safety Adviser (NSA) Babagana Monguno and administration officers are divided on find out how to proceed with the recommendation.

“Clearly, totally different factions of our authorities have totally different positions on this alarming proposal,” a presidency official instructed The Gazette.

“However everybody agrees that the AGF holds a strong sway over the president and it will be a miracle if the Structure will not be suspended as he advisable.”

“One other official additionally throughout the presidency, who confirmed listening to concerning the memo however had not seen it earlier than they have been reached by The Gazette, stated Mr Buhari might need little resistance contemplating the efficiency of Mr Malami’s argument.

“The president is simply saying they need to act in one of the best curiosity of the nation,” the official stated.

“Even because the president, he appeared to have given up on his personal potential to get the AGF to again down.”

Nevertheless, Malami urged most people to ignore the media report as fabrications of anti-constitutional democratic stability in Nigeria.

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