By Omeiza Ajayi
ABUJA – The ruling All Progressives Congress APC has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to not spare anyone found to have been involved in facilitating the reinstatement into service, a fugitive Assistant Director in the Ministry of Interior, Abdulrasheed Maina.
It described the incident as a huge embarrassment to the Buhari administration and the ruling party which rode to power on the mantra of “change”.
In a formal reaction to the incident, the party through its National Publicity Secretary, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi told journalists Tuesday in Abuja that it would however not dissipate its energy in replicating the actions of the president who has already ordered a probe of the entire scam.
“We are all shocked like any other person. It is almost unbelievable that such a thing can happen. However, we are all delighted that President Buhari has taken a very decisive punitive action against those that are involved. We are also delighted that he has ordered a full scale investigation into the circumstances the led to this individual to be reinstated into public office. We believe as a party that whoever that was part of this or found to have been part of this must face appropriate consequences because it is an embarrassment to the party, government and it is unacceptable”, he said.
Having failed to act on previous probe reports regarding activities of the suspended Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal and Director General of the National Intelligence Agency NIA, Ayo Oke, the APC said Nigerians must have faith in the ability of the president to right by all.
“I cannot comment on this because it is the same President that has taken a decisive action on this that still has the other reports. In his wisdom, he must have a reason and unless we know those reasons, we cannot come to the conclusion that he has not acted. We have to be willing to admit that in his judgement, he does have all the facts because we are not sitting in that chair. We have no doubt in our minds that the President will do what is necessary and do what is right. But he does not have to act because everybody wants him to act. He has to exercise the best judgement at all time. So, if we are satisfied that he is acting in the best interest of the nation, definitely we cannot continue to insinuate that he will shield these people. He was the one who ordered that the investigation be carried out and he is the one who ordered that the SGF and NIA boss be removed from the office and we have not heard that they have returned to their duty posts. So, definitely action will be taken on them. I think we should just be kind and wait for Mr President to act on that before we come to the conclusion that he has not acted”, said Abdullahi.
He added that the party would not sett up an independent panel to investigate the incident.
“Why should the party set up an independent investigation team as if it is not our government. There is no need to set up one because it is our government. The President as the leader of the party is not independent of the party. We are confident that the President will do what is necessary.”
Interior minister, Abdulrahman Dambazau and the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami had come under serious public condemnation for their ignoble roles in the reinstatement of Mr Maina who had allegedly fled the country since 2013 when the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC declared him wanted over a pension scam running into over N100 billion.