Abubakar Malami, SAN, Minister of Justice
Abubakar Malami, SAN, Minister of Justice

Malami Commends Legal Studies Institute for attaining  Statutory Mandate

The Honourable Attorney-General of the Federation and Minster of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN has commended the activities of the Nigerian Institute of
Advanced Legal Studies for rendering valuable services in the country.Malami made this known in a speech he delivered at 2020 founders’ day lecture
organised by Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies on Tuesday March 17, 2020 in Abuja.

This is contained in a statement issued by the Special Assistant on Media and Public Relations to the Honourable Attorney General, Dr. Umar Jibrilu Gwandu,
on Tuesday 17th March, 2020.

The statement read, “I must commend the Institute for its special relationship with the Federal Ministry of Justice, as the Institute enjoys a symbiotic relationship with my office. This has made the attainment of its statutory mandate assured and meaningful,” the Minister has said.
Malami stated the Institute has is very supportive to its parent Ministry in form of ground breaking researches and capacity building for our Law Officers.

“I recall that we often turn to the Institute when dealing with emerging areas of law such as Anti-Terrorism Law and Practice, ICT and Cybercrime laws, etc,”
Speaking on the theme “Nigeria In Quest of Good Governance, Law and
Beyond Law”.

Malami said the ideals of those concepts however seem to have been
continually and continuously been flouted by most African states.

He recalled that some scholars have argued that the ideal of good
governance has continued to elude most states of African descent,
because of the twin problems of endemic corruption and basic departure
from the rule of law and constitutionalism.

Thus African states have been accused of having ‘constitutions without
the spirit of constitutionalism’; of having laws without respect for
the rule of law; and of ‘creating poverty out of God given wealth’ due
to lack of good governance.

Malami noted that rule of law, being one of the key-components of good governance, plays a significant role in fine-tuning the required leadership style that is geared towards the attainment of a better society, hence the need for every nation/political entity and organisation to assimilate and indoctrinate same.

The Minister said being a formidable instrument of social change, law is used by mankind in addressing social vices and in paving ways for orderly society, where peace and development thrives.  Indeed, law has proved to be inevitable phenomenon in a quest for good governance,” he said.

“By the appropriate utilization of the instrumentality of our legislature, we have been able to sponsored good number of bills to the National Assembly in complementing the efforts of President Muhammadu Buhari to bring about the much-needed good governance in our dear nation”.

The Minister said President Muhammadu Buhari’s led administration in its unrelenting fight against corruption which manifestly has yielded unquantifiable excellent results in the eradication of corrupt practices and enthronement of good governance in Nigeria.

Modupe Ogundoro

Deputy Director