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Malami’s decision to drop guber ambition demonstrates patriotism – Aide

The decision by the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami to withdraw from the Kebbi governorship race shown his patriotism, according to his aide.

Dr Umar Jibrilu Gwandu, Special Assistant on Media and Public Relations to the AGF, said this in a statement on Saturday.

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He said “Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami has not resigned. He withdrew his ambition to contest for the 2023 Kebbi State Gubernatorial Elections.

“Malami has the right to choose to voluntarily shelve his gubernatorial ambition. It is a matter of personal conviction and individual right which didn’t violate any law.

“Right thinking members of the society accord respect to individual’s right to freedom of choice in matters relating to this.

“As individual Nigerian citizens with inalienable fundamental rights, we are not aware of any legally justifiable and reasonable tenable obligations compelling the person of Abubakar Malami, SAN or as an Attorney General of the Federation to do otherwise.

“The decision is not only a demonstration of altruism and patriotism, but of contentment, self-control, placidity and decisiveness in problem-solving at a time shrouded with confusing and competing stimulus. It is a commendable posture worthy admiration coming from a paragon of virtue.”

Dateline Nigeria reports that President Muhammadu Buhari had asked members of his cabinet running for offices in the 2023 elections to resign. While some have dropped their ambitions, others have since resigned.

Others who dropped their ambitions include Niger Delta Affairs Minister Godswill Akpabio, and Labour and Employment Minister Chris Ngige.

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