The Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Lateef Fagbemi (SAN) has said he is open to criticism.
Fagbemi, who met with senior officials of the Federal Ministry of Justice (FMJ) upon his resumption on Monday, August 21, however, cautioned that such criticism must be constructive.
Fagbemi said: “You can not just crtiticise. Your criticism must be constructive. You should be able to proffer solution and suggest better options.”
He noted that the FMJ was critical to the success of the administration and the achievement of its objectives.
He sought the cooperation of all and assured them of a harmonious relationship.
Fagbemi, who is the nation’s 24th AGF, cautioned against acts of insubordination and urged officials of the ministry to be guided by their conscience and their oath of office.
He urged the ministry’s officials to redouble their efforts in the discharge of their duties, adding that the office of the AGF in the country is strategic as it services all government Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDAs).
Fagbemi, while noting that the ultimate goal of any lawyer was to become a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), noted that there are about three so far in the ministry, but assured that “before I leave office, we are going to have many more in the ministry.”
Speaking earlier, the Solicitor General of the Federation and the Permanent Secretary, FMJ, Beatrice Jedy-Agba assured the AGF of the support of the ministry’s officials.
She added: “We will deploy all the human and material resources of the ministry and its parastatals to support and assist you in realizing your set objectives, and more importantly, in achieving the enormous constitutional and statutory mandates and responsibilities vested in the Federal Ministry of Justice”.
Jedy-Agba, who read Fagbemi’s profile, described him as a consumate professional and core-gentleman, who rose to the top echelon of the legal profession through hard work and tenacity.