What is this: FG asks NSCIA to formerly request for El-Zakzaky’s release. 

 Abubakar Salami -AG and Minister for justice.

  • Nigeria has a constitution, it is the supreme law of the land, you swore an oath to uphold that constitution and as the chief law enforcement officer, you have a special responsibility to follow through.

As the chief law enforcement officer of the federation, you owe a duty to both the accused and the nation to enforce the law. If these men did indeed break the law, then their prosecution cannot be subverted by the executive or the legislature. You as the chief enforcer can of course, with reason may choose not to prosecute. That decision cannot be made by the president or the legislature.

The president can of course pardon the offenses but only after the suspects have been formerly charged, tried and convicted. Any appeal for release and any acquiesce to such request is tantamount subversion of justice. Any short circuit of the legal process is in essence tyrannical. The president cannot willy-nilly grant pardon for a crime that has not been proven. What would he be pardoning?

Nigeria has a constitution, it is the supreme law of the land, you swore an oath to uphold that constitution and as the chief law enforcement officer, you have a special responsibility to follow through. It is the responsibility of the AG to articulate the charges to the nation and why they are being held. The legal system cannot be based on the whim of the president, the legislature or the judiciary for that matter. DO YOUR JOB.
God bless Nigeria.

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