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Published On: Wed, Aug 1st, 2018

Buhari can’t give directives to me through you – Dalung tells Malami

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By Albert Akota

The Minister of Youth and Sports Development , Barrister Solomon Dalung has told the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN in very clear terms that His Excellency President Mohammadu Buhari, GCON cannot give him directive on the ongoing Nigeria Football Federation matter through him.
The Attorney General of the Federation, had purportedly written a letter on July 20th,2018 tagged, “a plea for caution in implementing one sided court orders concerning the Nigeria football federation, {NFF} and the need to respect FIFA’s position on the orders” to the minister of Youth and Sports claiming to have received the directive from the President.
Consequently, Dalung in his reply to the Attorney General drew his attention to the fact that the President communicates with him directly and have no reason whatsoever sending a directive to him on a subject that is under his purview through him.
Dalung reminded the AGF further that the “President is a strong advocate and an uncompromisingly adherent to the rule of law and would therefore not issue such directive that would clearly be at variance with his well know position”.
The Minister of Youth and Sports also stressed that the advice from the AGF to both parties “to maintain status quo ante, is also a fragrant contradiction to his last two letters to him on the matter.”
You may want to recall that the Attorney General had on two occasions written to the Minister of Youth and Sports advising him to enforce the orders of the Fedeeral High Court, Jos that was later upheld by the Supreme Court.
Dalung concluded in his letter to the AGF by advising him thus, “As the number one law officer in the country, it behooves you to provide unequivocal guidance whenever there is any perceived confusion on matters bothering on the rule of law”.

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