From the accounts of those who are privileged to associate with him, he is generous, kind, and approachable. It is also alleged that his acts of kindness were among the factors that earned him the high position of Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice.
Others see the lawyer as a sensitive politician, who uses his kind actions to enhance his image and acceptance among the masses.
However, those who knew him in the days of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), say that it was because of his generosity that President Muhammadu Buhari, who founded the defunct Chinese Communist Party, rewarded him with the position. It was said that Mallami used to provide free accommodation and breakfast to members of the Chinese Communist Party, especially members of the Buhari campaign organization at the Rehan Hotel, Kano, during the election for the unsuccessful Buhari presidential candidate of 2011.
Therefore, perhaps due to his dual mandate as a lawyer and politician, Malamie’s actions and statements have always received mixed reactions from Nigerians.
The first time Mallame made a statement that had huge political consequences for Nigeria and democracy was in November 2015, when he was barely a month in office.
Speaking during a seminar organized by the Nigerian Law Reform Commission (NLRC) for National Environmental Standards Enforcement Agency (Establishment) law reform, he said the All Progressives Conference (APC) could replace Prince Abubakar Odo, for a December 5 poll, has been rescheduled. Governor of Kogi State.
Odoo, who was on the ticket with James Falick, died halfway to tallying the results of the November 19 ballot in the state. The common expectation was that Valcke would replace his boss if the elections proceeded.
But, Mallamy told lawyers at the NLRC event that he was guided by Article 221 of the 1999 constitution, and Article 33 of the Elections Act, stressing that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) must conclude polling within 14 days.
This statement, which was adopted by the National Election Commission led by Professor Yakubu Mahmud, the opposition People’s Democratic Party, called into question Malami’s competence and knowledge of the basics of the law.
In a statement through then-Secretary of National Propaganda, President Olisa Mitoh, the PDP called for the immediate resignation of the AGF and Professor Mahmud, stressing that “INEC as a legal body has the full technical hands in its legal department to advise appropriately.
“We wonder why she had to wait for guidance from the AGF, an outside party, if not for partisan and subjective interests,” he added.
Without considering Faleke’s feasibility, the deputy governor’s candidate stands as the best person to inherit the votes of Audu and replace him in the run-off, but Malamy said the right to be replaced by a political party is supported under Section 33 of the 2010 Elections Act as amended.
Since he provided that judicial legal opinion, Mallamy has cut short the public image of a partisan defender more than a national law officer, whose words are greeted with either cheerfulness or mischievous snarls.
Such a scenario presented itself recently when the AGF, who until last Friday was ruling his state of Kebbi, revealed how he managed to eradicate poverty from the homes of some hopeless poor and raise some of the struggling citizens of the state to the millionaires club.
Although he did not reveal the names of the beneficiaries, Malamy told his supporters that more than 500 people have become millionaires thanks to his generosity. Kebbi residents know that the AGF does some charitable work through its NGO Khadimiyya for Justice and Development Initiative (KJDI).
But, while he was making claims to 500 millionaires in his government custody area (GRA) in Birnin Kebbi, his political opponents were preparing to challenge him by weaving disguised doubts about the credibility of his assertions.
The chief legal officer made the remarks while trying to fend off the commotion that accompanied the distribution of 30 exotic cars to his political soldiers in the state. Some of the vintage cars included, 14 Mercedes-Benz GLKs, eight Prado SUVs, four Toyota Hiluxes, and four Lexus LX 570s each.
However, while the AGF was making that good gesture, his critics accused him of trying to impress voters. They noted his entanglements with the former head of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over the disposal of crude oil in the country.
Those who have discovered loopholes in Malamie’s philanthropy remember how he authorized the auction of several offshore vessels containing crude oil and diesel to a company previously accused of product theft. In an effort to stem the confusion at the time, Mallamy’s media assistant, Dr. Omar Gwando, confirmed that the auction was not illegal.
He said Omoh-Jay Nigeria Limited, which awarded the auction contract, remained innocent until proven guilty.
Guando noted that the allegations related to the auction and other allegations of corruption caused Malami “extreme distress, psychological trauma and anxiety and great damage to his character and reputation”.
It was the minister’s underpowered strength that his opponents touched upon when reports of his SUV market hit the airwaves. Enraged that his good gesture should attract such negative interpretations, Malami spoke again.
As he accused his critics of spreading lies about him despite the good he has done to people, the AGF sighed: “One thing that surely arises from my submission, they are busy over time destroying the lives of our youth, supplying them with drugs.
“We’ve been busy over time supporting our crowded youth, in terms of employment offers, and we’ve successfully supported over 700 people across the state, landed employment.
“They’ve been busy destroying while we were building, we’ve built more than 200 wells across the state, and we’re supporting the state by creating more than 500 millionaires across the state.
“We have successfully supported more than 6,000 people who received a COVID-19 intervention of N550,000 each, which has accumulated to approximately N3.2b.”
He blamed domestic and international “harm makers” for the attacks on his person as well as for “spreading baseless and baseless lies”. He added, “To this end, I want to say, neither I, neither my person nor the corporation, with which I am associated, nor my friends have ever shared a single vehicle with any APC executive in the state, let alone from delegates across the state.”
However, while the young AGF tried to confront his critics and defend his innocence, the political side of his public office remained a target of mischievous attacks against him. Referring to his powerful political rivals, the AGF said those who accuse him of using corruption proceeds to induce delegates, are “used to hard drugs”.
In an effort to avoid this “misconception and misinformation,” Mallamy said he will soon be distributing planes rather than just cars. However, whenever he tried to join issues with his critics, the opposition continued to ridicule him on social media, mocking him for pointing out the source of the enormous wealth he was sharing.
Confusing him, Malami’s opponents dug up malicious reports through an online platform, SaharaReporters, detailing how he had “acquired numerous properties, amounting to several billion naira” since his appointment as Nigeria’s chief legal officer in the president’s administration. Bukhari.
In short, Malamy’s “enemies” painted a picture suggesting that the prosecutor had allowed arrogance to interfere with the performance of his duties. For example, they pointed out that the purchase of such property as “an underground hotel in Sokoto, three houses in Peace Estate, Abuja, and a modern, state-of-the-art school in Kebbi,” was beyond his legitimate means.
At the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting last Wednesday, President Buhari ordered ministers who were content with the ambition of running for the 2023 elections to resign before tomorrow. Will this be the last chance to bid farewell to the position that gave him appearances and fortune?
There have been previous attempts to cause him to be fired, including also an attempt to strip him of his SAN title through the Legal Practitioners Privilege Commission Disciplinary Committee for Misconduct.
Last year, Mallamy was accused of promoting a bill to transfer the powers of all prosecutions and investigations to the attorney general’s office. While passing the bill would have removed the independence of anti-corruption agencies, the move was said to have been a ploy by the AGF to stop the prosecution of its allies.
Faced with President Buhari’s resignation notice to aspiring ministers, it is left to be seen how Mallame will respond: continue in office and give up the governor’s hunt or resign in order to seek election to the position of Kebbi State Chief Executive, which he has tried unsuccessfully. in 2014? Within the next 24 hours, the future will come.
Presidency sources claimed that President Buhari helped the AGF solve a dilemma by rejecting his resignation. Other Kebbi sources said Malamie evaluated the options and found the bird on hand to be worth more in the bush and decided to sit in the AGF.
However, dismissing insinuations that the Attorney General of the Federation had exited the governor’s race out of fear of defeat, his special assistant for media and public relations, Dr Gwando, said his director chose altruism and patriotism over private political interest, asserting that Malami reserves the right to choose to voluntarily abandon the governor’s ambition or no.
“It is a matter of personal conviction and an individual right that does not violate any law,” Gwando said, adding that Justice Minister Abubakar had not resigned, but had retracted his ambition to run in the 2023 Kebbi state governor’s election.
While appealing to well-meaning and right-minded citizens to respect one’s right to freedom of choice in matters relating to political competition, Malamy’s aide declared: “The decision is not only a display of altruism and patriotism but also of conviction, restraint, calm, and decisiveness in solving problems.”