The Nigerian Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN), has stated that the federal government would continue the fight to end impunity for crimes against Nigerian citizens. ayokinews.com reports
Malami made this known while giving a keynote address delivered in celebration of the 2021 International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists in Nigeria on Tuesday.
The event was organized by the AGF’s office in collaboration with the Managing Conflict in Nigeria programme of the British Council.
AGF Malami, during the event, stated that Nigeria is the only country to get off the list of nations with impunity for crimes against journalists, as indicated by the Global Impunity Index spotlights report.
He added that another positive achievement is the positive human rights record of President Muhammadu Buhari’s led administration.
He stated that the Nigerian federal government highly recognizes the important role of Journalists in any democratic setting as they act as watchdogs as well as holding the government accountable.
“The Federal Government of Nigeria has taken steps in advancing the rule of law, application of human rights, enhancing the freedom of information and by implication freedom of the press as well as the administration of criminal justice.
“In addition to the implementation of the Freedom of Information Act, prominent among recent legislations by the present administration included Public Interest Disclosure and Witness Protection Bill (2017), Whistleblower Protection Policy, Open Government Partnership and the vigorous fight against corruption.
“In each of these legislations and policies the media and by implications journalists remain critical stakeholders.”
Malami stated that the Nigerian government was determined because there was no room for complacency in ensuring the serene online and offline atmosphere for journalism practice in the country.
He further said that his office was committed to uphold the constitutionally saddled responsibility of ensuring strict adherence to the rule of law and also bringing an end to the issue of impunity for crime in all societal ramifications.