|Ike Ekweremadu. Bukola Saraki|
—-The Nigeria Senate described AGF Abubakar Malami (SAN) as partisan
—-Chairman, Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Senator Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi, accused Malami of having “personal and pecuniary interest in the case of Forgery prosecuting against Senate President Bukola Saraki and Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu.
Senator Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi, in a statement accused Attorney General and Minister of Justice Abubakar Malami (SAN) as partisan,he also accused him of having “personal and pecuniary interest in the case of Forgery as he was a counsel to the aggrieved Senators who decided to externalize the issue of election of the leadership of the upper chamber of the National Assembly after they failed in their bid to get their preferred candidate elected.”
Senator Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi added that, “When the Senate invited the Attorney General and Minister of Justice Abubakar Malami(SAN) to come and throw light on the forgery case, it was not to challenge his right to file, take over or discontinue any criminal case but for him to explain the issues of conflict of interest, abuse of office, disrespect of a subsisting order of a court and violation of the principle of Separation of Powers which are being raised against him.
Accordly to Thenation news,“That is in spite of the fact that the Attorney General and Minister of Justice is responsible to the President who appointed him.
“It should be noted that Malami’s name is still on the list of lawyers defending Senator Suleiman Hunkuyi and others in the Federal High Court.
“We invite all Nigerians, including those shouting over whether it was right for the Senate to invite the Attorney General and Minister of Justice or not, to read the ruling of Justice Kolawole and conclude whether Malami is still fit to be Attorney General and Minister of Justice in a government which canvasses change and rule of law.
“Our position as a law making chamber is that the Office of AGF is a sensitive and strategic one being the only other office in the executive arm apart from that of President and Vice President to which the constitution specifically assigns some roles and powers.
“It must therefore be occupied by a sober, law abiding, brilliant, mature, broad-minded and less partisan lawyer.
“Mr. Malami is yet to convince us with his handling of this case that he possesses these attributes.
“We call on him to respect the ruling of the court and to redeem the integrity of his office.
“In conclusion, the Senate is calling on all parties, Mr. Malami, the Attorney General inclusive, to heed the wise, timely and apt advice of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar that “it is time to move on.”
Abdullahi added that Nigeria need the effort of the senate to address the various challenges – poverty, hunger, youth unemployment, general insecurity and kidnapping, among others which is currently affecting the nation”.