We will always insist on due diligence
The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN, said the ministry will always follow due diligence in all its endeavors for the proper delivery of justice.
Malami said this during his keynote address at a conference organized by the Association of Judicial Correspondents (NAJUC) in Abuja on Thursday.
The theme of the conference is: “The Judiciary and the 2023 General Elections: The Way Forward”.
“We always insist on due diligence, scrutiny, as well as exploration beyond reasonable doubt and scrutiny.
“It is our policy to bequeath to posterity solid and impeccable precedents in the determination of affairs.
“It is unfortunate that these legally recognized processes that we strive to strictly adhere to are being misinterpreted as conveying negative undertones.
“We wanted to stem the tide of adversarial lawsuits and instill due diligence in the judicial process,” Malami added.
The Minister added that the fighting in the P&ID case symbolized the due diligence policy of the Federal Government, as well as the need to settle legal debts, for the benefit of the Nigerian public.
“That has been our position on a number of current national issues,” he said.
The minister said he hoped that in the run-up to the 2023 general election, the conference would address the practice of journalists being recruited to spread false information about personalities and issues.
Malami said, “Non-professional media professionals have reported false and fabricated information against public office holders.
“Many public officials have been victims of malicious media reporting and malicious and deliberate misrepresentation of facts.
“Undoubtedly, the media is important in shaping public opinion, but hate speech and fake news challenge our cherished collective culture of peaceful and harmonious coexistence as people.
“We cannot afford to be wrong due to the malicious actions and inaction of some who claim to be journalists.
“There must be consequences for the conduct of journalists who offer themselves to the destruction of compulsory military service and who make it their business to spread false information about personalities and issues.”
Hence, he called for the improvement of media literacy so that Nigerians appreciate fact-checking and fact-checking.
“I call on journalists to refrain from publishing false news, defamation, sedition, hate speech, blasphemy and incitement through inflammatory statements in their reporting.
“These could jeopardize our corporate existence as a nation and hamper the peace we enjoy.
“The Federal Attorney General’s Office is awaiting recommendations from the conference to further explore proposed factors to strengthen vertical and horizontal integration in the process of developing policies for the people of the country,” Malami added. .
NAJUC President, Mr. Kayode Lawal, has previously said that court reporters cannot afford to be left behind as stakeholders in the scheme of things in the run-up to the 2023 elections.
“The legal battles associated with the election have helped hone our journalistic skills, and the legal battles that will emerge from the 2023 election will be no exception,” Lawal said.
The Executive Secretary of the National Judicial Council (CNJ), Ahmed Saleh, commended the association for proving to be a worthy partner and demonstrating professionalism in the face of formidable challenges.
Additionally, he asked them to focus their reporting on CNM’s advances in virtual technology.
This, Saleh said, is a way to promote qualitative judicial surrender.
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