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Criminals Taking Advantage Of Our Respect For Human Rights – Malami

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The Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, has said the federal government has been magnanimous in respecting the rule of law and enforcing fundamental human rights.

During an interview on Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) programme on Tuesday, Malami accused some people are taking advantage of the federal government’s respect for human rights and rule of law to commit insurgency.

Malami warned that the Buhari administration will not sit back and watch those persons take up arms to render the government “helpless”.

The minister added that the Buhari administration remains committed to the rule of law “within the context of allowing the procedure and organs of government to operate optimally and effectively.”

He said: “Perhaps what we are witnessing today in terms of impunity, insurgency could equally be attributed in one way or the other to a religious submission to the rule of law by the government.

“Consider chapter four of the constitution on the enforcement of fundamental human rights; people are now operating much more in breach as far as the fundamental human rights enforcement is concerned as against operating in such a way that the rights are intended to bring about a harmonious co-existence in the system.

“How can you imagine a Nigerian taking arm; one Nigerian killing over 100 people, only out of the spirit of perhaps the consideration for the enforcement of fundamental human rights.

“So, perhaps, what is unfolding today is on the account of religious observance of the rule of law as enshrined in the constitution.

“Rather than people taking advantage of the human rights principles in the constitution positively, they are perhaps using it outside the reign of constitutional consideration.”