Human Rights Lawyers under the aegis of Public Interest Defenders [PID], have asked President Muhammadu Buhari to remove Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami [SAN] and Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazzau for the roles in the re-engagement of ex-chairman of Pension Reform Task Team [PRTT], Abdurasheed Maina.
The lawyers also said the duo should be investigated and prosecuted for breach of public trust.
PID in a statement by its chairman, Pelumi Olajengbesi, said “By virtue of Section 174 (1) of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended), the AGF shall exercise his powers as Chief Law Officer of the nation with particular attention to public interest, interest of justice and safety from tyranny.
“It is our firm belief that the AFG is currently acting contrary to our collective interest as a people, and it is high time he is removed from office and a more committed individual with public interest at heart be appointed.
“This recommendation is not made lightly and must be viewed in the light of the AGF’s continued logger-head position with the law and the fight against corruption. More so, we collectively denounce the reluctance and the lack of passion of the AG ‘to arrest and prosecute Maina immediately in line with the President Muhammadu Buhari’s anti-corruption crusade.
“Letting such a man go without punishment is an insult on our collective sensibilities and a clear cut indication that Abubakar Malami is intent on sabotaging this anti-corruption administration.
“It is also our collective belief that Abubakar Malami acted in a manner capable of mortgaging our trust, confidence and faith as a people. His involvement in reinstating Maina back into the ministry as a Director is an act of betrayal and lack of patriotism for the country. His sense of justice is apparently skewered and unreliable. He must go for the law contemplates no sacred cows in its temple.