President Mohammadu Buhari has been asked to give the embattled former chairman, Presidential Committee on Pension Reform Taskforce Team, PPRT, under the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan, Mr. Abdulrasheed Maina, security protection to tell Nigerians the truth about the pension scam.
The civil society organisations in Nigeria, under the umbrella body
of Coalition for Good Governance and Change Initiatives, at a press
conference in Abuja, yesterday, on the re-instatement and
dis-engagement of Maina from the civil service commended the prompt
reaction of President Buhari, whose action in dis-engaging Mr. Maina is to douse tension. Comrade Okpokwu Ogenyi, National Co-ordinator of the Coalition also the effort of the President towards eradicating corruption in Nigeria, we as civil society body in Nigeria must stand with Mr President to ensure a corruption free Nigeria.
Okpokwu said, “We have observed with kin interest, the position of the attorney general of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, who is the chief law officer of Nigeria. We have equally seen the position of the Nigerian Senate, the People’s Democratic Party, The All Progressive Congress, the League of African Development Students, and as well as the civil service rule. We urge Nigerians not to panic, and advice actors of blame game to maintain caution, as the truth is gradually unfolding.
“On the recoveries of stolen pension fund by the PRTT which the
pension magazine gave the figure at 200 billion Naira. Where is this fund? Is it in the federation account or where? Mr Maina insisted that the money is in the federation account which both the past and present administration has not disputed. We also believed that, with the testimony of Sen Kabiru Gaya who said the 195billion Maina was accused of stealing by the senate joint probe on pension fund is in the federation account. Further accusation of the person of Mr Maina in that light shows that some body is after Abdulrasheed Maina especially with the sponsored media war on his person instead of the entire committee. Moreover, the 2.1 billion Naira biometric exercise which Maina was accused of mismanaging alongside Orosanye, the former head of service of the federation has long be settled as the law court discharged and acquitted the former head of service. This is based on the fact that, the biometric took captured the 774 Local government Areas in Nigeria.
“It is of interest to say that, immediately the Maina’s led PRTT was disbanded, the government created what is called Pension Transition Administration Department, PTAD. Soon the Maina’s biometric was discontinue as the PTAD spent 8 billion Naira for the same biometric exercise that was done with 2.1 billion Naira earlier. This is a clear indication that Maina was mainly framed up by the Jonathan’s administration because during it reign, it was a taboo not to be corrupt.
“We wish to use this medium to appeal to Mr President to look into
the substance of the allegations and counter allegations by providing Mr Maina with adequate security and make Maina face the Nigeria public by telling his own side of the story. This we believe will expose all the corrupt leaders hiding under the absence of Mr Maina. It could be true that treasury looters are getting back at him to save their own heads.
“We commend the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar
Malami SAN for his consistency towards National issues. His sense of patriotism has shown once again that, we have capable hands employed by the Buhari’s administration”.