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Malami’s curious bid to protect Maina

IN a move that seems to defy logic, the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, has reportedly gone to court to stop the ongoing parliamentary investigation of a former Presidential Pension Reform Task Team boss, Abdulrasheed Maina.

Considering the furore generated by the recent botched attempt to reinstate the fugitive in the civil service, and President Muhammadu Buhari’s posture on the matter, Malami’s latest action poses a patent embarrassment to the government.

Without a doubt, the AGF’s action raises questions which impinge heavily on Buhari’s personal integrity and claim to fighting corruption. It also confirms the widely-held view that, rather than pull together, members of the President’s team are working at cross purposes. This has been noticed on many occasions, including that of the failed bid to confirm Ibrahim Magu as the substantive Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. His confirmation bid was effectively stalled due to contradictory reports issued from the Presidency concerning the matter.

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