By Ikechukwu Nnochiri
ABUJA – The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN, on Saturday, confirmed that he has not resigned from his position.
The AGF, however, confirmed that he has withdrawn his ambition to contest the 2023 Kebbi state governorship election.
Malami, who made the disclosure in a statement that was signed by his media aide, Dr. Umar Gwandu, said his decision to pull out from the gubernatorial contest, was borne out of patriotism.
The statement, read: “Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami has not resigned. He withdrew his ambition to contest for the 2023 Kebbi State Gubernatorial Elections.
“Malami has the right to choose to voluntarily shelve his gubernatorial ambition. It is a matter of personal conviction and individual right which didn’t violate any law.
“Right thinking members of the society accord respect to individual’s right to freedom of choice in matters relating to this.
“As individual Nigerian citizens with inalienable fundamental rights, we are not aware of any legally justifiable and reasonable tenable obligations compelling the person of Abubakar Malami, SAN or as an Attorney General of the Federation to do otherwise.
“The decision is not only a demonstration of altruism and patriotism, but of contentment, self-control, placidity and decisiveness in problem-solving at a time shrouded with confusing and competing stimulus. It is a commendable posture worthy admiration coming from a paragon of virtue”.