After the reports that President Muhammadu Buhari received an eight-page secret memo to suspend the Constitution and declare a national state of emergency spreads across media on Wednesday, the Attorney General of the Federation, and Minister of Justice Abubakar Malami denied sending such memo to the president.
In the statement released by Malami’s spokesperson Umar Gwandu, the AGF asked Nigerians to disregard reports alleging that he advised Buhari in a secret memo to suspend Nigerians fundamental rights guaranteed under Chapter IV of the Constitution due to insecurity.
The statement read: “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 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 tenant of democracy and constitutional order.
“The office of the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice is a constitutionally recognised 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 recognised mandates in compliance with principles of transparency, openness and accountability.”