The Nigerian Governor’s Forum, NGF, has reacted to a statement by Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami on Paris Club Refunds deductions from the states and local government councils’ accounts.
The AGF, in a statement by his spokesperson, Dr Umar Gwandu on Saturday had said that federal government’s planned deduction of the $418 million is lawful.
However, the NGF in a statement by its spokesperson, Abdulrazaque Barkindo made available to ASHENEWS on Monday said that the decision of the Attorney General of the Federation to throw his weight behind these consultants who have been battling desperately to grab $418 million from the accounts of states and local governments’ raises questions of propriety and the spirit of justice.
He added that the undue haste, with which the statement was issued even before the service on the AGF of the court processes and the order dated 5th November, 2021 restraining the federal government, seems to suggest that there is a special relationship between the Office of the HAGF and the consultants over and above Nigerian citizens, whose interest the HAGF as the Chief Law Officer of the Federation is statutorily bound to always protect.
He further stated that it is important to inform the Nigerian public that state governors have since appealed and are challenging the judgements in various courts.
Interestingly, the AGF has been served all these processes, nevertheless, this was ignored and payment was authorized to be made and has been processed with unprecedented speed not common in the public service.