Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami, has said that if public interest demanded that Abdulrasheed Maina be brought back in the interest of fighting corruption, he would “definitely” do it.
Maina, former chairman of the presidential task force on pension reforms, was recalled and deployed to the ministry of interior, under controversial circumstances.
President Muhammadu Buhari eventually ordered his sack and asked Oyo-Ita to probe the embarrassing situation.
Maina was dismissed by the federal civil service commission in 2013, for absconding from duty, following a recommendation by the office of the head of service.
He was declared wanted by the police, before Malami allegedly played a role in the reinstatement of Maina.
“It boils down to whether I have indeed acted or I have not. If hundreds of Mainas that believe they had information to offer as far as the protection of the national interest is concerned, I will meet them and I will do so again,” the AGF told The Interview.
“Do I have the responsibility of taking Nigerians into confidence? If for example I have taken a decision – you are jumping to conclusions about the reinstatement.
“I told you it was work in progress. At the end of the day, if the public interest demands that I should bring Maina back, I will definitely do so for the purpose of enhancing the fight against corruption.
“It was work in progress as far as the ministry of justice is concerned. As at October 5, there was a letter that was developed by a line officer, advising that Maina should be reinstated.”
Malami also said when he met Maina in Abu Dhabi in 2016, Buhari was not aware until they got back to the country from the trip.
“At the time the meeting was held (with Maina), Mr President was not aware. But much later, after we returned back home, I took Mr President into confidence about the information and sought for leave to share it with other agencies with the purpose of blocking leakages. That was the extent to which the president was aware of the information. He came to be aware of the meeting with Maina much later,” Malami said.
“It was out of the desire to seek for his directives relating to the information in terms of its application for the purpose blocking leakages associated with the looting of pension funds.”