The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, on Friday talked tough about activities of some groups in the country constituting threat to national unity, warning that anyone or group whose activities pose threat to Nigeria’s unity would be treated as a criminal.
Malami, who spoke while flagging off a three-day summit of attorneys-general from across the 36 states of the federation in Yola, Adamawa State capital, on Friday, said nobody would be allowed to compromise the peace and security of Nigeria.
He said they were empowered by relevant sections of the constitution to institute criminal proceedings against any individual who acts against the law.
Malami said, “As the chief law officer of the nation and custodian of her legal conscience, we have a responsibility to ensure that the unity, peace and security of the country are not compromised by selfish interest over and above national interest.”
“The constitution under section 174 and 211 empowers us as chief law officers to institute and undertake criminal proceedings against any person before any court of law in respect of any offence under any act of the national assembly.
”No one is above the law, for anyone who chooses to deliberately promote discord and threaten the security of the country, it is our responsibility to ensure the full weight of the law is brought to bear on such person.”