Nigeria’s Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami has urged Nigerians to disregard a media report alleging that he wrote a secret memo to the Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari to declare state of emergency in the country.
The report alleges that Mr. Malami told President Buhari that insecurity across Nigeria has reached a level that could no longer be checked by existing democratic techniques, saying that only a state of emergency promulgated by the president can help return the country to tranquility.
In a statement by the Special Assistant to the Minister on Media and Public Relations, Dr. Umar Jibrilu Gwandu, the Minister described the report as a fabrication of anti-constitutional democratic stability in Nigeria.
“It is antithetical to common sense to think that the holder of the Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice will stoop to what was reported by the media outfit,” Mr. Malami echoed.
He said that his office does not operate in secrecy but discharges its constitutionally recognised mandates in compliance with principles of transparency, openness and accountability.
“Mr. Malami remain a true democrat who believes in rules of law and tenets of democracy and Constitutional order,” the statement added.
He also said that it is a constitutionally recognised one with its role and responsibilities embedded in the constitution