The Oasis Reporters
October 24, 2017
The barrage of Social media uproar that greeted the reinstatement of Abdulrasheed Maina to office after his indictment for fraud by the former administration seems to have pushed the Buhari administration into panic mode.
To compound its discomfiture, the opposition People’s Democratic Party, PDP, promptly released a press statement titled,
‘Maina’s Reinstatement: A Classical Example Of Honour Among Thieves – PDP’.
Suddenly, the action of the ruling All Progressives Party, APC in Nigeria became like a gold fish with no hiding place. It promptly sacrificed Maina, allegedly said to be one of it’s largest campaign fund donors in 2015 .
The opposition party had said in it’s statement that “the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), wishes to state that we are not too shocked at the steps taken by the Administration of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in reinstating a supposed criminal and fugitive, Abdulrasheed Maina to office instead of getting him arrested.
Birds of a feather flock together.
All people of good conscience will not forget in a hurry that Maina, who was given an assignment by the Last Administration of the PDP to superintend the now defunct Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms, dipped his hands into the Jar and helped himself to N100 billion of what he was supposed to safeguard.”
The statement went further to add,” With good conscience at fighting corruption, the PDP Government then, mandated the Anti-corruption Agencies to perform their constitutional duty. Maina fled, only to resurface in the Country four months ago under the Buhari Administration.
As a Party of good conscience, we wish to condemn in strongest terms, the penchant of the Administration of President Buhari to giving safe haven to known criminals while hoodwinking Nigerians that it’s fighting corruption.
While we are growing fatigued shouting ourselves hoarse in protest against nepotism, a clear form of corruption under this administration which has been elevated to state craft, we are appalled that the reinforcement of financial corruption by this government might soon lead to the demise of this Nation if the Celestial does not intervene.
We are worried that the APC Administration seem to have grown thick skins to constructive criticism; otherwise, no sane government, in spite of the open condemnation the Party has received from Nigerians over its shielding of criminals, will repeat another one as done in the case of Maina.”
That did it, and almost immediately, Femi Adesina, President Buhari’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity issued this statement,
” PRESIDENT BUHARI DIRECTS MAINA’S DISENGAGEMENT FROM SERVICE
President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the immediate disengagement from service of Mr Abdullahi Abdulrasheed Maina, former chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms.
In a memo to the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, the President equally demanded a full report of the circumstances of Maina’s recall and posting to the Ministry of Interior.
The report is to be submitted to the office of the Chief of Staff to the President, Mallam Abba Kyari, before the end of work today, Monday, October 23, 2017.
Special Adviser to the President,
(Media and Publicity)
October 23, 2017″.
That done, legal commentators are questioning the federal government’s proprietary rights in dismissing a civil servant in such a manner.
Where they legally right?
Can Maina go to court?
The events seem fuzzy, but it is expected that the coming days and weeks may clear some doubts on the Maina saga.