The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN, says his public life as the Chief Law Officer of the Federation stood out as the most challenging period of his professional career.
Malami said this at the launch and public presentation of his Autobiography titled `Traversing The Thorny Terrain of Nigeria’s Justice Sector: My Travails and Triumphs’ in Abuja on Thursday.
“Not because it is daunting, or difficult to be effectively performed but because of the misconception of the public and ignorant conflict between public and private interest on what the office of the Attorney General of the federation is constitutionally empowered to do.
“Part of the responsibilities of the Attorney General of the federation is that of being a legal adviser to the government, all the ministries, departments and government agencies.
“He is also the first person to be contacted and the first person to be blamed regardless of where the mistake was made’’.
He noted that the occupant of the office suffers a downplay of his/her efforts, while mistakes are more acknowledged and blown out of proportion.
According to him, `I encountered many thorny terrains but the Almighty helped me to also Triumph.
“This is regardless of where the source of the mistake, mischief or negligence emanates from.
“Most of the criticisms levelled against the office are misinformed and misguided due to the linear approach to analysing the issues.
“They forget that as the Honorable Attorney General of Nigerian and minister of justice, you are to take consistent decisions that will be in line with underlying principles of law.
“Of course, with the wider interest over and above private as well as individual interests, that is the true definition of impartiality as is needed to efficiently perform his duties’’.
He said the autobiography was intended to present an objective account of his stewardship that will be accessible to the public.
“My autobiography is an enjoyable reflection of my life history, educational pursuit, professional practice, public career and sojourn in politics.
“Personally, the desire to serve the country and improve the administration of law and justice has never been stronger than when I served in the exalted office for the past 8 years.
“I have in my capacity played my role and contributed majorly in improving the laws and in the distribution of justice in the socio-economic development of the nation, and enhancing its security”.
Malami expressed delight over the presence of the people who honoured the book launch and presentation.
“I express gratitude to God for being the longest-serving attorney general of the federation which I refer to as a golden opportunity and greatest achievement.
Governor of Kebbi State, The Chief of Staff, Deputy Senate President, Members of the National Assembly.
Others are the Directors General of NIA, the Chairmen of EFCC , IPC, ICPC, Code of Conduct Bureau, current and former ministers, His Royal Highness the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero, amongst others.