The Conference of Nigeria Political Parties (CNPP), which represents all registered political parties and political associations in the country, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to fire Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, over the controversial and unwarranted invasion of the home of the second most senior Justice of the Supreme Court.
The CNPP also commended the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on a successful national convention, urging other political parties to follow the PDP’s example of a rancour-free convention and the election of the country’s youngest national youth leader.
The CNPP questioned “why President Buhari is still maintaining Malami as the Chief Law Officer of the Federation despite repeated embarrassing words and acts,” according to a statement issued by its Secretary General, Chief Willy Ezugwu.
According to the statement, “Malami’s continued stay in office as Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice has become one of the biggest threats to democracy and the rule of law in the country.
“Under his watch as Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, there have been obvious state sponsored invasions of houses of Justices of the Supreme Court and Judges of the Federal High Court, without any justification.
“The CNPP, therefore, calls on the National Executive of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) to rise up to the occasion and ensure the protection of the country’s judiciary and judicial officers in view of the unwarranted threats and intimidation of officers in the temple of justice, using security operatives under Malami’s watch.
“His comments on national issues in recent times have equally portrayed him as a grave danger to the rule of law and Nigerian democracy”, the CNPP observed.
Reacting to the successful conclusion of the PDP’s national convention, the CNPP noted that “democracy can only grow in an atmosphere of transparency and fair play.
“The PDP has demonstrated that it is ready to get things right by departing from the era of unbridled impunity in the conduct of its affairs to become an example of a truly repentant political party.
“We commend the emergence of a 25-years old national youth leader of the PDP, a giant step in accommodating the younger generation of Nigerians who have been desirous to contribute to nation building.
“We, therefore, congratulate all the elected party leaders in the extraordinary convention of the PDP and urge them to work towards deepening Nigeria’s democracy and promotion of good governance in the country”, the CNPP stated.