By Adenike Lucas
Abdulrasheed Maina has been appointed into the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development, UNRISD.
The appointment by the UN (after due investigation) provides strong vindication for the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN who was faulted for the recall and re-instatement of the former Pension Reform Task Force, PRTT chair.
Dr Maina was willing to work to ensure more money is recovered from looters.
There is prove that he was not messing about. In the past, the ex-PRTT chair recovered billions but, many of those loot has been relooted by some anti-corruption agency.
There are only two of those agencies in Nigeria. We understand that Ibrahim Mustafa Magu, the “corrupt” acting boss of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC who once boasted of recovering N500 billion in 2017 alone can not account for the monies.
So, was it not right that someone listened to Dr Maina on what he was saying about pension syndicate who were robbing the country in broad day light.
Those with personal grudges, who really wished they had been appointed as the AGF, thought it was a bad idea.
Well, a leading paper in Nigeria recently reported Dr Maina’s appointment to the UN.
New Nigeria disclosed in its report that the ex-PRTT chairman would serve a four-year term of office effective from March 1, 2018.
In a statement, the Under-Secretary-General of United Nations Jan Beagle, said: “On behalf of the Secretary-General, I have the honour to inform you that at the 55th plenary meeting of the seventy-second session of the General Assembly, the General Assembly decided to appoint you as an ad-hoc member of the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD) for a four-year term of office, beginning from 1st March, 2018.
“I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate you on your appointment and wish you success in your work.”
Arguably, the UN’s decision means that sadly, Dr Maina, who should have been working to recover stolen loot for Nigeria will now be working elsewhere.
Seeing that the UN sees Dr Maina as an upright person and has appointed him to its UNRISD, the AGF’s decision to speak to Dr Mania – a act that was supported by the director general of the Department of State Security Services, DSS – about recovering pension made a perfectly correct judgement.
The myth perpetuated by those against the AGF was that he was working against the interest of the country, which turned out to be untrue.
There has been many other instances where Mr Malami SAN, has tried to help to prevent any kind of scandal against the country.
For example, he once warned that the looters list must only be released if proper procedure is followed. An accused should first be indicted to avoid making the country look foolish on the world stage.
Of course, he was right with his advice. But, the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo who has set up a parallel office at the MoJ thought he knew better.
Now, we have a list out of looters that have not been convicted by any court of law. Uche Secondus, one of the alleged looters has dragged the The minister of Information, Lai Mohammed to court. He is seeking N1.5 billion.
If only they had listened to the better argument put by the chief law officer of the land.
Even after leading the way in recovering monies shored up by corrupt leaders in foreign countries, the AGF is not getting the right adulation.
He is one of the under-recognised member of this administration, but history will remember him for what he accomplished.
Adenike Lucas is the editor and publisher of DENISAURUS News.