A coalition of civil society organisations have kicked against the nomination of the immediate past Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, as a returning minister by President Muhammadu Buhari.
In a press conference held in Abuja on Monday, the coalition accused the nominee of being a “barrier-in-chief” to President Buhari’s ‘intention’ to fight corruption.
Malami was one of the minister-nominees grilled by the Senate on Friday.
He was asked why many Nigerians still remain in custody even after they had been granted bail during his tenure as justice minister.
Malami’s reply was that the state could still detain a person granted bail by the court if it believes the person was a threat to state security.
One of such individuals detained for years is the Islamic Movement of Nigeria leader, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, whose detention has led to violent protests that have recorded the deaths of at least 13 persons, including a journalist and a senior policeman.