EXPOSED: Audio shows Nigerian Presidency lied about what AGF Malami told journalists

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo speaking
Acting President Yemi Osinbajo speaking

The Nigerian presidency, in what appears a desperate move to dilute the impact of a statement by the country’s chief law officer, deliberately lied to the public, PREMIUM TIMES can report.

During a question and answer session after a Federal Executive Council meeting on Wednesday, the Attorney General of the Federation was asked a specific question by a reporter.

“Honourable Attorney General of the Federation. The senate resolutions arose from a statement credited to the acting president to the effect that the senate has no right to screen certain nominees of the president,” Leon Osigbe of Tribune said. “Can you just make a clarification here. Has the senate gone beyond its powers to actually screen nominees from the president?” he asked.

Mr. Osinbajo made the statement referred to by the reporter during an interview with journalists and activists in Abuja while responding to the continuous stay of Ibrahim Magu as chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

“I fully agree with Mr. (Femi) Falana that there was no need in the first place to have presented Mr. Magu for confirmation,” Mr. Osinbajo said, making reference to Section 171 of the constitution.

The Vice President said although the EFCC Act requires that an EFCC chairman be confirmed by the Senate, part of Section 171 of the constitution, which is superior to the Act, does not mandate such Senate confirmation.

That statement by the Acting President angered the Senate which said Mr. Osinbajo was questioning its constitutional powers to confirm presidential nominees and therefore suspended actions on  new confirmation requests by the presidency.

It was based on the Senate’s reaction that the journalist in Abuja asked the Attorney General the question.

In his reply, Mr. Malami promptly distanced the Federal Executive Council from Mr. Osinbajo’s statement.

“The fundamental consideration about the alleged statement is the fact that at no point ever did the Federal Executive Council sit down to arrive at the decision in one way or the other as far as the issue of nomination or otherwise is concerned,” Mr. Malami said.

“So, I do not think it constitutes an issue for the Federal Executive Council to make any clarification about because it has never been considered by the Federal Executive Council,” he added before referring further responses to the Information Minister, Lai Mohammed, who simply added that the differences with the National Assembly would be resolved.

After PREMIUM TIMES report reflecting how the Attorney General distanced the FEC from Mr. Osinbajo’s statement, the presidency, through its official Twitter handles, misinformed Nigerians on what the attorney general said.

“This is false and misleading, @PremiumTimesng. The Attorney General did not at any time or in any way say this. https://twitter.com/premiumtimesng/status/882680880715706368 “ the presidency said through its official Twitter handle @NGRPresident.

It went on to claim that “The Attorney-General’s point is that decisions on Presidential nominations are matters for the Presidency & not the Federal Executive Council.”

Using another official Twitter handle @AsoRock, the presidency added that “@PremiumTimesng ought to understand a basic fact: Appointments & Nominations are not a matter for FEC. They are purely presidential issues.”

However, an audio of the interview (both the question and the response) has now shown that the presidency lied. The Attorney General never said nor implied in any way, from the interview, that “decisions on Presidential nominations are matters for the Presidency and not the Federal Executive Council.”

While that may be what the presidency and its social media handlers would have wanted the attorney general to say, the audio shows he never said so or meant so at Wednesday’s interview with journalists.

Listen to the audio here:


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  • AryLoyds

    Nigeria is worse than a ZOO, its an animal kingdom. The poor masses are hungry, the economy is struggling , prizes of food going up , and yet these animals are here trying to create a constitutional crisis so that the VP doesn’t get sworn in as CnC just as it is now apparent that Buhari may likely never return.

    • Alhaji Sidi

      @aryloyds:disqus

      Abubakar Malami makes it clear, impliedly, that he is not for Yemi Osinbajo becoming full president
      of Nigeria. It’s as simple as that. There’s no one inside Buhari’s presidential villa with any guts to
      suggest anything that will happen after Buhari quits office for incapacitation. Those with guts,
      including Abubakar Malami, say clearly that Yemi Osinbajo is a stranger in the government.
      The prospect of a military coup is salient as the only option to forestall Yemi Osinbajo.
      Buhari stalwarts viscerally opposed to Yemi sinbajo cite Bola Tinubu as their reason.
      The umbilical political link between Bola Tinubu and Yemi Osinbajo is most hated.

      • Asi

        I agree with you. You don’t need any interpreter to understand his intentions.

    • oyoko

      na ur papa house be worse than zoo, not my beloved country Nigeria, where i see my children and future brand of boys and girls coming forth to shine and make statement to the world.

      • AryLoyds

        Animal talk…Monkey

        • Abdulmojeed Nojeemdeen

          You represent the real monkey here,e dyot!

          • AryLoyds

            Terrorist Animal , God will punish your father !

          • AryLoyds

            ….

  • ASIME

    THAT’S WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU ARE QUICK TO TALK WITHOUT THINKING THROUGH YOUR ANSWER. I WATCHED AND LISTENED TO THE BRIEFING,THE INFORMATION MINISTER QUICKLY CUT IN WHEN MALAMI WAS TALKING TO POSSIBLY MAKE LIGHT OF HIS RESPONSE. MAYBE MALAMI’S POSITION OR RESPONSE SHOWS THAT ALL IS NOT WELL WITHIN THE FEDERAL EXECUTIVE COUNCIL.

  • Patrick Omokagbo

    Of what relevance is this write-up?

    • Suleiman Alatise

      None whatsoever.

  • emailofemi

    Premiumtimes is just being mischievous, they know the AGF is careful with his response in order not to heat up the polity,does the president need the FEC approval to nominate the EFCC chairman?

  • By-Line

    @emailofemi:disqus

    There was a country, there was a country

    I am concerned about the grammatical lexis and structure of Nigeria’s federal attorney general;
    Abubakar Malami. His grammar is lewd and below par; and almost a disgrace to other lawyers.
    I did not let my son listen to this audio despite his insistence because my son is so emotional
    he could burst into tears for a country President Muhamadu made illiterate with appointments.
    Attorney General Malami said that: “At no time did Federal Executive Council sat…….” Wow!

    That was the moment i removed my earphone and started whistling to myself perplexed at
    what Nigeria under Buhari has become. I recall that fish rots from the head and that once
    Nigerians elected a nearly illiterate president other types of illiteracy would follow since
    only the shallow can call to the shallow. But somehow i’d thought the post of attorney
    general would survive the Buhari depredation. i was wrong.

    • oyoko

      how many of you lawyers are worthy to be a roll model. your son should first be ashame of you and your “ole” colleagues that wear the wig of deceit.

      • oyoko

        “role model”

        • Ex-Lawyer Capi

          @oyoko:disqus

          The rump of lawyers in Nigeria are ersatz and dud copies of what lawyers should be.

          • Goddy Umahi

            @manueltobby:disqus

            And this Abubakar Malami is dressed almost in borrowed robes
            as SENIOR ADVOCATE OF NIGERIA [S.A.N] – a meaningless title signifying nothing
            but ignorance, as instantiated here again with Abubakar Malami speaking halting English
            below the level of an average Primary School pupil. What a sad story going on in Nigeria?
            But why is it that only those of us abroad are lamenting the most? Why are Nigerians at home
            doing nothing to better their own lives by getting rid of the APC illiterates destroying the country?

          • oyoko

            because, we don’t trust you guys in diaspora again. We trusted you guys before, but after having many of you who were brought in to help previous Govt, you ended up drawing the country to bigger mess.

          • oyoko

            I concur, Sir.

        • share Idea

          hahahaha

    • Manuel Tobby

      Bros na waoo!

    • Almustapha Nurudeen

      If your son is as intelligent as you are,I don’t I don’t think it would have been necessary to bar him from listening to the tape. The moron couldn’t understand anything anyway.

  • Willy

    @emailofemi:disqus

    Premium Times can only disgrace Aso Villa
    media aides because those ones did not go to school much. Let Premium
    Times go and fight its intellectual mates. I don’t know the kind of journalism
    Premium Times is doing again. If Premium Times wants to what is called real
    journalism the Premium Times will tell us the name of the next head of state.
    Is it General Buratai or Brigadier Muhammed? That is the real journalism the
    Premium Times is lazy to do.

    • George

      The next president still in Sokoto rehearsing the National ANTHEM.

      Watch out.

  • Daniel Ikwuagwu

    “Using another official Twitter handle @AsoRock, the presidency added that “@PremiumTimesng ought to understand a basic fact: Appointments & Nominations are not a matter for FEC. They are purely presidential issues.”

    Mr Malami is not fit to be our AGF. His comment smirks of deliberate disrespect for the Vice President. Even a lay-man like myself know that the issue of Federal nomination and appointments is the exclusive duty of the presidency, and not the Federal Executive Council. No wonder we have had so many top fraud and criminal cases bungled by the FG.

    Prof Osinbanjo would do well to boot this left leg of office. He is as no good as his co-goons at the National Assembly.

    • MilitaryPolice01

      The FEC is answerable to the President and not the Supervising Coordinator as designated by Abba Kyari

      • Daniel Ikwuagwu

        The issue is whether the right to nominate or appoint rests with the Presidency or FEC. And irrespective of the colour of Kyari’s pen on that paper, the constitution says the Prof is Acting President. Their antics irrrespective.

        • MilitaryPolice01

          Nwanna I would have expected you to appreciate my sarcasm

          • Daniel Ikwuagwu

            Pardon me.

      • Sanssouci

        lol!

    • persona

      The question is, was Malami’s nomination discussed with any FEC?
      The man was trying to play a script carefully choreographed and PT has bought into same…its really sad.

    • share Idea

      How do you know that it would have earned him instant sack if he had said so under Buhari? Are we not in this country where Buhari nominated Buhari and DSS sent incriminating document agaainst him to Senate, did Buhari query the DG of DSS, please leave matter for Mathias, APC is just playing the gullible fast one. Nigeria we hail thee

  • Arabakpura

    What a way to belittle a highly rated man just because of ethnic-politics!

  • muazu wali

    We are back to colonial times when Nigerian newspapers see.nothing good in that government, suspitious of their policies and actions. Why this unnecessary sementics on what the AGF said is different or similar to what the Presidency said. The AGF said the FEC has nothing to do with political appointments, it’s the Presudency. The Presidency confirmed what the AGF said but you are stressing that he has implied something else to create mischief and poison the minds of nigerians. The colonial mentality and mind set is still active in the Nigerian Media. May God help us!

    • persona

      There is a reason why comprehension is taught in school, obviously, the journalist is playing a script and its a shame they can try to play with the destinies of people when they equally accuse politicians of the same.

  • George

    WHY will Malami respect just coordinator are you people normal. the Yeye small boy Tinubu nominated out of anger because Buhari refused him to nominated himself is the causes of all these insults upon the Tokenism Osinbajo a man who has no respect for himself because he used the name of God to lies shamelessly.

    Mr. Diya scenarios would be a child play when the Northerners finishes with this moron vp.

  • George

    All we are saying let the Mallams nominate another fellow Dog to continue where Buhari drop out.

    You remember how OBJ gave them sick man Yaudua to deceive them then now Tinubu gave them another sick man believing the North are thinkless group of Dogs and now the Yorubas want to take over the Northerners presidency, NEVER AGAIN.

    • Julius

      @Otile, you are calling people Dogs . It’s unbelievable that you consider yourself as a religious individual. You are a worthless piece of human garbage. Hate is all that you have in your life and it will eventually destroy you.

      • Suleiman Alatise

        He is a monkey, can’t you see, what else do you expect from a monkey.

        • Julius

          A creek faggot monkey at that. You are right.

          • George

            You will die. This isn’t a Nigeria problem but thieving Yoruba group of nonentity who want Buhari dead by all means and that is why they poison his microphone at rallies to get rid of him quickly.

            Buhari wasn’t sick before but the Yorubas poison his microphone during election campaign just to have him dead hence he lost his health quickly after the election. That is the reason he tactically avoided Tinubu house after the election and you people just want them to give up and handover power to animal Osinaboo NEVER.

          • Julius

            Yeah, na Yoruba do am. Your bigoted life is a waste. Glad people can read you for what you are.

          • IBRAHIM DAUDA

            Can you proof your statement? Lying is a big sin and GOD cursed liars.

    • IBRAHIM DAUDA

      Your hatred no know bound. Why all this craps?

  • www.electionoffenders.ng

    Nigeria; Organized Crime Capital of the World. Run by politicians with
    the permission of the victims; the ordinary people of Nigeria

    Sometimes, you just want to give up on Nigeria.

    The ONLY reason these politicians mess with us is because they know we will DO NOTHING!

  • Musa M. Dantsoho

    “It has never been considered by the Federal Executive Council.” Simply because it was not an issue at the Federal Executive Council. Any ambiguity here?

    • Sanssouci

      I don’t understand all the noise too. Mallami said it as it is period

    • IBRAHIM DAUDA

      No.

  • Chinedu Tagbo

    PT is trying to confuse the already confused public. All their effort is just to sell falsehood.

  • Toughie Man

    Osinbajo is just an errand boy. He is doing his master’s bidding. Please, nobody should blame him here

    • tundemash

      Mor0n, should he be doing your bidding ?

      • Tunji Olarewaju

        Help me as the yidiot o

  • samG60

    Rather than the Presidency lying, I think it’s premium times that lied and is trying to confuse the public on this issue.

    • Patrick Otobo

      Premium Times is practicing yellow journalism. Thank you for saying the truth.

    • utolason

      Yes, I think so too. I read through this article and the references, Premium Times has a selfish motive for this unwarranted article. It’s shame for journalism in Nigeria.

    • share Idea

      I agree with you that PT and some other media stretched the statement of AGF beyond the literal meaning even though the AGF should have responded more positively as law officer of the federation. I have said it several times, that cabals are really dealing a big stick against Osibanjo

      • samG60

        I think the VP needs to be more assertive, he has nothing to lose. I think he goofed in his response to the Magu issue, but he should now take control of the situation because there isn’t really any realistic prospect of GMB running the ship of state again fully barring some miracle. The AGF is not competent to be an AGF for the country, and it showed in his response amongst other failings, and so are a lot of members of cabinet. Over 2yrs now and Ambassadors have not been posted, so many positions are yet to be filled. The VP can yet salvage what is turning out to be disastrous presidency if we are being honest.

  • Nuhu Abba

    Strongly believed the headline by Premium Times Malami say the Ag vice President is on his own this morning is not only mischievous but unprofessional. Noticed it has already been removed. Reading through the interview the best is that Malami is not competent as he has no knowledge on the matter. PT you are derailing.

    • persona

      PT is playing a terrible script and they should desist if integrity is anything they desire.
      When the headline said Malami says Osibajo is on his own, did Malami actually stated its as so or was it the interpretation of PT? Clearly, Malami never said so but when the presidency say it as it should be, its a lie….this is a shame by PT and they should retract or apologize.

    • IBRAHIM DAUDA

      Honestly, I am very disappointed, they are derailing. Premium Times uses the Tribune reporter’s interview and not their own, too bad.

  • ed

    Premiumtimesng reported the statement correctly. AGF was simply playing out the Cabals script openly. Osinbajo’s can’t afford to be seen as a weak acting president without the authority to lead the nation.
    2 President at the same time that we have going on today is dangerous.
    Osinbajo is the acting President. He should start acting like President without taking instructions from the Cabals,

    • Sword of Damocles

      Yes keep you wide open like it already. They are openly rebelling against the VP. Malami na water-carrier. Keep your eyes on Issa “moneybags” Funtua, Mamman “the puppeteer” Daura, and Abba “serpent” Kyari. the only good serpents are a HEADLESS ONES

    • Sword of Damocles

      Yes keep your eyes wide open like they already are. They are openly rebelling against the VP. Malami na water-carrier. Keep your eyes on Issa “moneybags” Funtua, Mamman “the puppeteer” Daura, and Abba “serpent” Kyari. the only good serpents are a HEADLESS ONES

  • GG

    I would have thought that it is the President that nominates people for positions as clearly implied in the constitution. There is no provision that the President should consult the Federal Executive Council before doing this. If the President decides to do that it is perhaps out of respect and to get members’s views if he has some doubts himself. Otherwise, I believe several nominations were made by the President without the knowledge of the FEC members. Think about it, was it not the President who nominated all the members of the FEC? Did he consult previous FEC in doing that?

    So when the AG said the FEC was not consulted and that Oshinbajo was speaking for himself, is he insinuating Oshinbajo should contact them? I do think so.

    In that case, the Presidency spokesmen would be correct to say: “Appointments & Nominations are not a matter for FEC. They are purely presidential issues.”

    Simply things are always convoluted in Nigeria – always!

    • JJ

      Because personal or tribal or religious interests override our common interests.

    • Usman Ishiaka

      Tnx 4 speaking my mind bro.

    • thusspokez

      I would have thought that it is the President that nominates people for positions as clearly implied in the constitution. There is no provision that the President should consult the Federal Executive Council before doing this.

      Exactly! I would imagine that the editor of this newspaper had approved both this report headline and its content for publication on this website. What a bunch of ignoramuses. Shame that such ignoramus editor is running a national newspaper. Mediocrity everywhere you look in Nigeria.

    • whereto

      This is premium times descending into the gutter to create a controversy. The AG was addressing reporters after a fec meeting and said the magu issue was not part of fec discussions. It’s a factual statement and tallies with the clarification from the presidency. The fuss by pt is misguided.

      • thusspokez

        It’s a factual statement and tallies with the clarification from the presidency. The fuss by pt is misguided

        Yes, it’s a factual statement, however the problem that I have with the AG is that he seems to be implying that the statement made by his boss should have first been approved by the FEC. Who gave the FEC such powers? Surely, not the Nigerian constitution!

        • Abdulmojeed Nojeemdeen

          No!get him right,he simply spoke like a professional, that is,the question you are asking was not a matter for.discussion at.the FEC and so,he is not in any position to answer such question. So to me,he has not erred.

          • thusspokez

            …he simply spoke like a professional

            What has this discussion got to do with whether he spoke like a profession or not?

            …that is,the question you are asking was not a matter for.discussion at.the FEC

            Now you are making sense: Your words are the right choice of words that he would have used.

            Now compare yours to Abubakar Malami (quoted as) saying that Mr. Osinbajo statement ’was not a collective decision’ and that Mr. Osinbajo never consulted with the Federal Executive Council (FEC) to discuss the matter.

            If it is not a matter for discussion, from Abubakar Malami’s response, why was he anticipating it or could we put his response down to poor grammar? Like I am no speak English good!

  • Enemona

    “at no time did….sat down.” Oloshi, a whole AG can’t even speak English, ibon shaaa! Gbau! Gbau!! Gbau!!! All the time.

  • thusspokez

    However, an audio of the interview (both the question and the response) has now shown that the presidency lied. The Attorney General never said nor implied in any way, from the interview, that “decisions on Presidential nominations are matters for the Presidency and not the Federal Executive Council.”

    I am sorry, but I have no idea how this PT reporter come to the conclusion that the Acting PRESIDENT [repeat: Democratically elected executive president] had lied.

    Nigeria has an executive president — he is not first among equals as is with the UK system. None of the other members of the FEC were elected; they are all appointees of the president and they all work for him, and he could fire all of them.

    This PT reporter seems to be applying that the President needs the approval of the FEC to say anything or carry out his duties Why are Nigeria journalists soooooo ignorant of the Nigerian constitution?

    The Nigerian system of government is like the US government, I can’t imagine anyone US journalist claiming that Trump had lied simply because his cabinet had not approved his statement before he made it

    • persona

      You have it all in the clear and rather than assume the editor, the site and the journalist lack comprehension ability, I strongly believe that they are playing a dangerous game. The word lie is deliberate and demeaning but when such media houses are zoned in, they say freedom of speech is under attack. Reckless statements because of viewership is irresponsible journalism and should be condemned. Some of us are well read people and the fact that the internet never forgets, this error is posted deliberately for archival purpose and may be used for political references down the line.
      The shame of this platform is becoming clear and Nigerians of goodwill should henceforth take whatever comes out of this platform with a grain of whatever the condiment should be. I am utterly disappointed in PT that for whatever they have been coopted, simple deduction should have made them think that did Buhari need the former FEC to handle the nomination of AGF or other ministers? Its a huge shame and a retraction should be done with profuse apologies after taking down this post in its entirety.

      • thusspokez

        The word lie is deliberate and demeaning but when such media houses are zoned in, they say freedom of speech is under attack.

        Indeed in the part of the world that I live, “lie” is a very strong word and accusation to haul at someone. Journalists, public servants and politicians would often manufacture all sorts of phrases as substitute. Nigerian journalists are often too reckless with words and don’t seem to have the proper training in the use of the English language.

        ..did Buhari need the former FEC to handle the nomination of AGF or other ministers?

        This would indicate that both the reporter and the editor are ignorant of the constitution. I wonder if, as journalists, any of them have ever read any part of the Nigerian constitution. Shame indeed!

      • stanejike

        You seem to miss out the point here. Your anger should be against Malami whose outburst portrayed a man not too comfortable with the “status” of Osibanjo and spoke like a man with some bottled anger. If it was Buhari that made the statement, the AGF can never put it the way he retorted. What is the point in him emphasising that the decision has never come up in FEC as if he was expecting Osibanjo to have tabled it? The reporter is simply putting the AGF on the spot, and by extension, the entire presidency.
        Let Osibanjo be extra vigilant. Aandoka, and even Adoke did same to GEJ before and after his elevation to the presidency.
        The North can do anything to undermine any presidency that is not by them!

        • persona

          In other posts, I indicated that Malami is not only incompetent but unworthy of the office he holds. I did state that why refer to FEC as though and FEc was conveyed to appoint him a minister.
          The issue with the journalist is, how do you then use the word “lie” when common deduction should have guided them to know that FEC does make or ratify a choice of an appointee by the president.
          They deliberately put it out to defame the Acting President as a liar when indeed at the time he made the statement, he quoted both Falana and the constitution. The nation should watch the enemies of the state and they could likewise be journalists and not only appointees and career politicians.

  • Gary

    Cabal this, cabal that. There will be no cabal to challenge him if Yemi Osinbajo chooses to stop being “Bobo ko nice” (Mr. Nice Guy) to those openly challenging or undermining his leadership of the country.
    He needs to go read Mao Tse Tung thoughts on leading a revolution. To wit: if a hundred people oppose the revolution, kill fifty and the other fifty will know what it is to live.

    Nothing as drastic as the above, Pastor Osinbajo; simply fire one or two of them and send the others on indefinite leave until the man they only want to answer to returns. He can then recall them if he so chooses.

    Then let’s see whether they will not go or defy the powers vested in you by the Constitution and the Nigerian people. Abubakar Atiku was no sissy as VP to OBJ. So why are Southerners always willing to be the doormats in power?

    • George

      Dog sexy your mama. STOP using the word Southerners this isn’t about Southerners but Yorubas who willingly sold their birth right just because they hate GEJ.

      Pls stop it, we used the word Southerners during Awolowo prison tenure which he deserved and we used the word Southerners during MKO misadventure now no more.

      • Gary

        Just stop the nonsense. Jonathan was no better as VP when he sat like a Mumu as Turai Yar Adua took charge of running the country.
        Again with a cabal that included a fellow Deltan, James Ibori.

        The above is recent history so stop with your Yoruba-baiting that is furthering the divide-and-rule antics of the born-to-rule morons who think they own Nigeria.

        • George

          We preferred that born to rule for now.

          Why don’t your people reason along this your line of thinking now.

          Mallams we know Yorubas we don’t ok.

        • Tunji Olarewaju

          Gary, please, let’s all abandon George by not dignifying him with a response, he’s been growing sicker and sicker of late

      • Powerlessconscious

        Who is gej? Are you talking of the leader of legislooters?

  • Nuhu Abba

    The best I can understand from the Attorney General comment is that the issue was not discussed as such he was saying he does not have any fact as such did not even comment on the issue to warrant that headline.

    • ed

      The problem with your position is that you didn’t listen to the question that were asked.
      The reporter wanted to know the position of the AGF on the on going dispute between Presidency and the Senate. Mr. AGF was the one that now injected FEC in to the equation to dismissed the position of the acting President Osinbajo.
      The question wasn’t about the position of FEC. A 6 years old would’ve known that FEC had nothing to do with the appointment or approval of nominees.
      That’s why Premiumtimesng headline and story is correct and represented the truth.

      • persona

        So, if the AGF knows that the issue should not even come to the FEC, why then did he fly off tangent?
        If the acting president openly agreed with Falana and quoted relevant sections of the constitution, is that not enough and that begs the question, why did PT then say that Osibajo is on his own and credited Malami as saying so when he didn’t say such? The headline should likewise read, PT lied for saying that AGF claimed Osibajo is on his own. The issue here is a deliberate act to mislead and misconstrue statements. When has PT ever put out an audio file to support a headline?
        For a media house that shielded the Panama papers, they know what they should have done.

        • IBRAHIM DAUDA

          Uhumnnn

  • thusspokez

    I call on Mr. Acting President to assert his authority and fire Abubakar Malami at once — He works for the (Acting) President, but getting too big for his boots. Let Buhari, if he likes, reappoint him when he comes back.

    • George

      He tokenism has no authority he is just coordinator among the equal fellows.

      He tries nonsense he would be impeach in Satan of Sokoto palace and send back to Lagos.

      Yorubas can’t fight and we Igbos and South South ISN’T ready to carry anyone cross at this time.

      • By-Line

        @thusspokez:disqus

        There was a country, there was a country

        I am concerned about the grammatical lexis and structure of Nigeria’s federal attorney general;
        Abubakar Malami. His grammar is lewd and below par; and almost a disgrace to other lawyers.
        I did not let my son listen to this audio despite his insistence because my son is so emotional
        he could burst into tears for a country President Muhamadu made illiterate with appointments.
        Attorney General Malami said that: “At no time did Federal Executive Council sat…….” Wow!

        That was the moment i removed my earphone and started whistling to myself perplexed at
        what Nigeria under Buhari has become. I recall that fish rots from the head and that once
        Nigerians elected a nearly illiterate president other types of illiteracy would follow since
        only the shallow can call to the shallow. But somehow i’d thought the post of attorney
        general would survive the Buhari depredation. i was wrong.

        • thusspokez

          There was a country, there was a country

          I am not sure I quite understand the significance of this headline in an otherwise intelligent comments Nevertheless and indeed, there was once a country until leaders after Gowon started creating additional states — from 12 to 36 –, and with that, mediocrity was born. And Nigeria has not recovered ever since.

          With new states came job vacancies everywhere which were filled by less qualified people. But I digress, and it is partly your fault!

          Anyway, where were we? Oh yes! Abubakar Malami — a lawyer of sort –, Buratai, the snake farmer whom I recently watched on BBC, Rotimi Amaechi who, some say, has a degree in English language albeit one can’t tell when he speaks, etc., are products of the Nigerian education system — which sadly, some Nigerians still see as the best in the world. But as I often say: if you are banged up in prison for decades and fed on prison food, soon, you would start believing that prison food is as good as your mother’s cooking! These characters are indeed victims of the aforementioned flourishing mediocrity.

      • thusspokez

        Piss off (!!!!!) with your tribalism! Why must people like you always inject tribalism into every topic and turn it into tribal war of words and distraction?

    • okenwa

      Na only you talk sense here.

    • Tunji Olarewaju

      Hey, my brother, where hast thou been?! Missed you. Here it’s PT trying to make a mountain out of a molehill here : the FEC doesn’t deliberate on appointments by the Presidency

  • Goddy Umahi

    @thusspokez:disqus

    And this Abubakar Malami is dressed almost in borrowed robes
    as SENIOR ADVOCATE OF NIGERIA [S.A.N] – a meaningless title signifying nothing
    but ignorance, as instantiated here again with Abubakar Malami speaking halting English
    below the level of an average Primary School pupil. What a sad story going on in Nigeria?
    But why is it that only those of us abroad are lamenting the most? Why are Nigerians at home
    doing nothing to better their own lives by getting rid of the APC illiterates destroying the country?

  • ojays

    PT you goofed by insinuating that presidency lied. Both AGF and presidency were right in their statements. It was not discussed at FEC level bcos no need to. Presidency confirmed that so where’s the lie.
    The language “lie” ought not to have been used, here bcos it’s not civil to use in reference to such offices. It’s colloquial. Instead “falsehood” or false is used for official statement.

    • Fatai Fehintola

      thanks, on point!

    • iwe paul

      So correct,i also think PT goofed big time here. i have been looking for the lie in this issue,can’t see anyone.

    • IBRAHIM DAUDA

      You right.

  • musa aliyu

    Na una sabi o! If Osinbanjo is touched from that seat, sorry for the legislooters. That’s the end of legislooting in Nigeria.

  • SamPsalm

    Premium Times, you are becoming to a shame to those of us who turn to you in hope of substantive news. Did you change your editors? Or are you getting too much from Google Adsense that you no longer give a damn?

    The issue of lying or not lying is a non-issue in the matter. Why are you desperate to smear this Presidency or the Acting President? Is anyone paying you?

    The Acting President made a statement regarding the analysis of a Senior Advocate – an analysis that became necessary in view of the Senate’s resolution to use their power of confirmation to derail this administration anti-corruption moves through the EFCC which like it or not, has yielded measurable if not all-encompassing success. His statement discloses a Constitutional gray area that could be used against the Senate if it becomes necessary. That is what a lawyer does: take stock of all his legal options and imply threat of the use of any of them when it becomes necessary.

    MAlami did what he needed to do: refuse to escalate the tension with the National Assembly. He did not deny the validity of what was an opinion expressed and thought interesting by the Acting President. It is not his job to do that. It is the Courts that determine that. And so when you ask him about that question right after a Federal Executive Council meeting, it was proper that he circumscribed his response to the outcome of that meeting.

    For you now to wrongly project the title you pushed yesterday and when the Presidency sought to correct you, to come up with this lying nonsense is frankly irresponsible. If you continue this way, you would lose thinking people and be left with the rabble. Let’s see how that pays you.

    • Peter

      God bless you

      • INTERPRETER

        @SamPsalm:disqus

        You are not making any sense. Question is this: does the federal executive council consider
        and ratify appointees into national institutions such as INEC, EFCC, Central Bank and the
        NNPC, yes or no? If the federal executive council considers such appointees, your own
        interpretation of what the attorney general said will become wrong, because it will follow
        that the correct interpretation was given by Premium Times; to wit: the issue of the
        EFCC Chairman’s rejection by the National Assembly has not yet been submitted
        to the federal executive for consideration and any opinion expressed on it by
        Acting President Yemi Osinbajo is personal and it’s not the position of the
        federal government of Nigeria in council.

        • Tunji Olarewaju

          FYI, appointments into national institutions like INEC ,EFCC,Central Bank and the NNPC are NOT discussed at FEC meetings, but if YOU have any evidence to the contrary kindly educate us. FEC is the presidency, but Presidency is not necessarily the FEC.

    • Ali Geidam

      Good one!

    • Afo

      Do not mind the cash and carry reporters who mischievously twist events to stoke crises. Simple explanation that decisions on appointments are not usually discussed at FEC meetings is being twisted. Has any appointments been taken to FEC meetings for approval before and if not what is the value of this twisted report. All of them trying to cause confusion in the nation for their wicked purpose must fail. God bless Nigeria.

    • blueeyedkitten

      measured response. this is the most articulated piece i have read through out this week.

      well done!

    • IBRAHIM DAUDA

      Great, I LOVE YOUR response.

    • Tunji Olarewaju

      They’ll be left with rabble like Vanguard which has, effectively, become a biafrat junk paper

  • Nuhu Abba

    My earlier comment was on the first headline on the issue of which has been removed that indicated clearly The AG implied the Ag Vice President was “on his own”, which I strongly felt was a misrepresentation of the issue.

    • INTERPRETER

      @nuhuabba:disqus

      Premium Times professionally

      cast a correct headline. Where a decision on a matter of national importance
      requires federal council assent preceded by deliberation for validity, any view
      that’s expressed by an individual member of the federal council is a personal
      viewpoint which does not equate the decision of the federal executive council to
      rise to the status of the position of the federal government of Nigeria as a whole.
      With good logic Premium Times thus correctly inferred that a personal opinion
      is personal to the person uttering it; and viz-aviz the federal council – which is
      yet to meet on the issue – any person holding a personal opinion is on his own.

    • okenwa

      Acting vice president kwa?

  • blueeyedkitten

    mtchewwww….people creating mountain from a mole hill.

  • thusspokez

    you can’t prove what someone “seems to be implying….

    Yes, you very well can, and I did so above. That is what people mean when they use the phrase: ‘read between the lines’.

    • whereto

      My friend, even you said “..he seems to be implying….. ” How can you claim that constitutes proof of anything. Moreover, parties involved have issued a denial.The issue of proof can only be determined from actual words used.

  • Sword of Damocles

    “Chinedu” where are you my friend? this mental midget was accusing people of lack of comprehension, when this story was published yesterday. Apparently “bigbrain” Chinedu was unable to INFER PT’s headline from the story it published. Boy the education standard in Nigeria has fallen since I attended “Bariga Bombers” in the early 80’s, sad , so sad

  • Frank Bassey

    Confused and mentally deranged cacophonies. They are just handing in the air; of course, they know they have become the salt that has lost its taste. It is a matter of time.

  • 0tile

    Where is Buhari nowadays? Once they remove him to Saudi Arabia claiming he is on holy hajj we know it is over. The deception is getting silly.

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  • laki

    Write up by Sani Tukur is a wrong heading. Premium times should think twice before allowing him to write

  • Eldorado

    Cannon fodder for the intellectually challenged blinded permanently by the overwhelming defeat handed down by the winning team since 2015.
    Emotionally stultified.
    What’s the news here?
    Haters are quick to respond to a headline.
    That’s how you will continue losing – MORONS!

  • 0tile

    What are you talking about? The North used Osibande to garner good votes, not for Osibande to rule them. Get real, boy. A servant is no greater than his master.

  • Hamza

    When people are jobless, they tend to always make a mountain out of a mole hill. What’s wrong with Nigerians? Always wasting time on frivolities, shouting, arguing and accusing others over trivial issues. Wasting useful energy pursuing nothing.
    There’s nothing wrong with Malami`s response.
    And the journalist, I wonder what’s wrong with Nigerians? To simply put out a question is difficult? Why can’t professionals express themselves as the experts that they are in their field. You hear people stuttering while speaking. Your spoken words are an expression of your thought process. Slow speaking, probably slow thinking. It’s disappointing to me. You hardly hear Nigerians in position of authority speaking and flowing fluidly like other people in other African countries. Especially when they are responding to questions. But I was impressed with Kemi of Finance. She was discussing about the low tax compliance in Nigeria and I was like… She spoke like someone brought up in oyibo land.

    • 0tile

      Is that why Imam Buhari is creating Federal jobs only for his Katsina people? His injustice is tearing one Nigeria apart.

      • Hamza

        Oga haba na! Why are you obsessed with Imam Buhari? You are not being fair and just yourself.
        You hate Imam Buhari?

        • emmanuel

          Buhari is the patron of Miyetti Allah cattle rustlers, breeders and herdsmen. He gave them tacit approval to kill, main, destroy and rape. Such person if only fit to go the way of Nebuccadnezer.

    • emmanuel

      What is wrong with you is low intelligent quotient and exhibition of crass ignorance, mixed with manipulative tendencies. Your preachment lack steam and shows how shallow you are as a person.

      • Hamza

        Wow! Congratulations!
        You have just achieved smth. You have insulted a Muslim, a northerner, awoosa foola!
        You have blasted your enemy.
        Are you happy now?
        Bravo!!!
        Next one pls..

  • 0tile

    Islam is not a religion of peace. According to BBC news Niger’s army has killed 14 civilians who were mistaken for militants of the Islamist group Boko Haram in the remote southeast, officials say. The victims, all unarmed farmers, were in a restricted zone around the village of Abadam, next to the Nigerian border. Two were from Niger, and the rest were from Nigeria. Details of how the operation unfolded and why the civilians were there were not clear. Boko Haram is based in Nigeria but has carried out cross-border attacks. Thousands of people have been displaced from the south-eastern Diffa region and civilians have been banned from many areas.

    Many, however, have been returning to tend their crops, correspondents say.

    Who are Boko Haram?

    Niger battles terrorism threats on all fronts

    WATCH: The Nigerian woman standing up to militants
    There were conflicting reports about the army’s operation. The AFP news agency said an air strike had killed the group after they returned to check on their crops. But Reuters said soldiers were patrolling the area when they opened fire. Yahaya Godi, Diffa’s secretary general, said: “Abadam is a village located in the red zone and has been prohibited for a very long time… Any individual seen in the area is considered Boko Haram.” The Diffa region has seen a series of attacks by Boko Haram fighters in recent years. Just three days ago, suspected militants killed nine people and kidnapped dozens more there, including children.

  • emmanuel

    When we told the self-styled sophisticated Nigerians that coordinating Minister of the country is not as powerful as the acting President, they said we should leave their brother to be; that he has all the powers of a president.
    Unfortunately, the committed a blunder, by tagging along with Falana who speaks from both sides of his mouth.
    Consequently, Malami simply told Nigerians that Osinbajo’s power is less than that of the FEC (we did not discuss that in the FEC). Mind you, Osinbajo’s statement which the journalist quoted was not made during the FEC
    Over to the Yorubas for this humiliation.