- President Muhammadu Buhari prioritises the interests of Nigerians when making decisions.
- AGF Abubakar Malami, Minister of Justice, stated this during one of his remarks on Tuesday, January 4th.
- Malami was responding to questions about southeast leaders’ request for Nnamdi Kanu’s release.
Abubakar Malami (SAN), the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, says President Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) will consider the interests of over 200 million Nigerians before granting the request for the release of Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra.
Malami was a guest on NTA’s Good Morning Nigeria Show on Tuesday, which was broadcast live on The PUNCH.
Some respected Igbo elders, led by the First Republic’s Minister of Aviation, Chief Mbazulike Amaechi, had previously visited the President in Aso Rock and requested the unconditional release of the detained secessionist leader.
Buhari told them during the visit on November 19, 2021 that he would not want to interfere in the running of the judiciary, but that he would consider their request, despite it being “a heavy one.”
Malami had also said on November 10, 2021, that a political solution to the crisis surrounding separatist agitations in Nigeria could not be ruled out, but later reversed himself and said the option was not on the table yet.
“In the art of governance and what I have come to learn about the mind and heart of the President, Muhammadu Buhari, is to consider the 200 million as against the limited people.
“By extension, the issue of Kanu, what would as well govern the decision of the President in terms of whatever request is presented is the public interest as against limited sectional interest of it.”
Kanu, a 54-year-old Abia State resident, was first detained in 2017 for calling for the South-East zone of Nigeria to secede from Nigeria.
However, he skipped bail in June 2018 before fleeing to the United Kingdom, claiming that his life was no longer safe in Nigeria.
Malami announced on June 29, 2021, at a press conference in Abuja, that the IPOB leader had been re-arrested in a foreign country and extradited to Nigeria, though Kanu’s lawyers claimed he had been re-arrested in Kenya and whisked to Nigeria.
Kanu was re-arrested in June 2021 and re-arraigned in front of Justice Binta Nyako on terrorism-related charges brought by the AGF office. Kanu has been remanded in the custody of the DSS since then. And his trial will continue on the 18th of January.
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