By Luminous Jannamike
ABUJA – The group of protesters led by good governance activist, Charles Oputa, also known as Charly Boy, Monday night described the sudden disengagement from service of Mr. Abdullahi Abdulrasheed Maina, former chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms as an act of hypocrisy on the part of President Muhammadu Buhari to hoodwink Nigerians.
In a statement jointly signed by Charly Boy, Deji Adeyanju, Bako Abdul Usman, Ariyo Atoye, and Moses Paul, the group stressed that the decision to disengage Maina was not born out of deep earnestness to fight corruption but was a result of the huge public outcry that trailed news of his reinstatement.
It further said that claims by Buhari’s media aides that their principal was unaware of Maina’s reinstatement only showed that their principal was not in charge of his government and as such was unaware of the level of illegality and corruption being perpetrated by top officials in his administration.
The group said: “We have read reports of reinstatement and promotion of Alhaji Abdulrashid Maina, the former chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms, who was dismissed from the Federal Civil Service for abandoning his duty post and evading arrest for his involvement in the looting of pension funds to the tune of N100bn.
“We have also read the statement released by the Presidency ordering his disengagement from the Civil Service.
“It is disturbing that a wanted fugitive who has evaded arrest for several years was reinstated and promoted into the Civil Service. It is also disturbing that this reinstatement follows a disturbing trend where people previously dismissed from the Civil Service for engaging in acts of corruption are reinstated by the Federal Government.
“It is obvious that the decision to disengage Alhaji Maina is as a result of the huge public outcry that trailed news of reinstatement.
“It is also obvious that the Buhari administration has no interest in fighting corruption but condones it where cronies, close family and friends are involved.
“Assuming, but not conceding, that President Buhari was indeed unaware of Alhaji Maina’s reinstatement as claimed by his spokespeople it is clear that he is not in charge of his government and as such is unaware of the level of illegality and corruption being perpetrated by officials of his administration.
“Either way, the inescapable conclusion is that President Buhari is unable, or unwilling, to fight corruption in his administration.
“The only way President Buhari can redeem his image is to order a speedy investigation into the matter and to sack all officials in his administration involved in Alhaji Maina’s reinstatement, including the Attorney General of the Federation on whose legal advice the reinstatement was done in the first place.
“Anything less will reveal the Buhari administration for what it truly is – a hypocritical administration that is prepared to look away when corruption is perpetrated by cronies and close family members which will only act when public outcry is intense.”