An unrepentant Nigeria’s Minister of Justice and the Attorney General, Abubakar Malami, has justified the unlawful and controversial reinstatement into the civil service of fugitive former pension boss, Abdulrasheed Maina.
Speaking to Vanguard, Maina vaguely claimed that he was guided by the law when he asked for Maina’s recall and that he will reveal all that happened when he appears before the Senate committee investigating the matter.
Mr. Malami unconvincingly said, “I am a legal practitioner, who is always guided by law and public interest and will therefore not do anything that deviates from the law or breaches public interest. I believe that Nigerians are entitled to know the truth in the entire saga and I am ready to speak directly to them when I appear before the Senate since I have been summoned by the legislature, which is investigating the matter. I will not, however, talk until I get clearance from my principal on the matter and I look forward to addressing anxious Nigerians on the matter when I appear before the Senators.”
Mr. Maina had evaded justice by going underground after he was indicted in a N2.1 billion pension fraud in2013. But was recently compensated with reinstatement in the Ministry of Interior and promotion allegedly on the advice of Mr. Malami.
Following public outrage after his secret recall leaked, President Muhammadu Buhari ordered Maina’s immediate sack and another manhunt by the EFCC began again for a man that was assigned DSS and police operatives to protect him – even while he was wanted.
Mr. Malami’s justification of obvious wrongdoing (and poor judgement if one wants to be kind to him) fits into the Nigerian culture, where nobody is honourable enough to take responsibility of wrongful act and/or poor judgement.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Senate has asked President Buhari to sack Malami, Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau and all those who played a part in Maina’s shameless recall.
Since his presidency, Mr. Buhari is yet to sack any of his appointees accused of corruption or wrongdoing.