I Was Rich Before I Became Minister- Malami

Following calls for his resignation on grounds of corruption, the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Barrister Abubakar Malami, has written his principal, General Muhammadu Buhari, reiterating that he was rich even before his appointment as minister.

In the letter, Malami noted that he owned many businesses prior to becoming Minister. In it, he also listen 27 properties in his asset declaration form sent to the Code of Conduct Bureau.
“Among other things, I owned lucrative business ventures of Rayhaan Hotels and Rayhaan Food & Drinks, both in Kano, since December 13, 2013, years before the 2015 election that saw to the victory of President Muhamadu Buhari as the President and long before I was appointed to be a Minister in the first term,” he said.

The Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu had accused Malami of some misdeeds in his confessions, which triggered the kind of scrutiny he is currently getting. But Malami has said the law “does not preclude me from gaining the fruit of my establishments.”

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