Ace musician, Charles Oputa, a.k.a Charly Boy’s group has again voiced it’s concern on the turn of event in the Nigeria’s polity, this time, accusing President Muhammadu Buhari of aiding corruption in his government by earlier feigning ignorance of the reinstatement and promotion of Alhaji Abdulrashid Maina who was the former chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms only to sack him after public outcry.
In a statement jointly signed by Charles Oputa, for OurMumuDonDo Movement; Deji Adeyanju, for Concerned Nigerians; Ariyo Dare Atoye for Coalition in Defence Of Nigerian Democracy, Bako Abdul Usman for Campaign For Democracy and Moses Paul for MAD Connect, the coalition urged President Buhari to “redeem his image” by ordering 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.”
The statement partly reads thus:
“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 his 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.”