The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), has denied issuing a memo purportedly asking President Muhammadu Buhari to suspend the 1999 Constitution and replace it with a Martial Law.
In a denial statement issued by Malami’s Special Assistant on Media and Public Relations, Dr Umar Jibrila Gwandu, the AGF described the media report linking him with the memo as the handiwork of anti-constitution elements.
Malami insisted that the said memo, which has set the polity on edge, never emanated from his office and should be disregarded by Nigerians.
The statement read in part “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.
“General publics are 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.
“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 recognized mandates in compliance with principles of transparency, openness and accountability.”
The media outfit, Peoples Gazette quoted copiously part of the allegedly leaked memo where the AGF reportedly suggested to President Buhari to do away with the 1999 constitution and opt for martial law to govern the country in light of mounting security challenges.