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Buhari fires Abdulrasheed Maina following Criticism



Abdulrasheed Maina

President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the immediate disengagement from service of Abdulrasheed Maina, former chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms.

Femi Adesina, the President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, in a statement issued in Abuja on Monday, said the President’s directive was contained in a memo to the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Winifred Oyo-Ita.

Adesina stated that the President equally demanded a full report of the circumstances of Maina’s recall and posting to the Ministry of Interior.

According to the presidential aide, the report is to be submitted to the office of the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari, before the end of work Monday.

The Minister of Interior, retired Lt.-Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau, on October 22, had confirmed the resumption of duty by Abdulrasheed Maina, as an Acting Director in his ministry.

The confirmation came in a statement issued by the Press Secretary to the minister, Ehisienmen Osaigbovo.
Maina was appointed by former President Goodluck Jonathan as Chairman of the task force in 2010 to check the corruption in the country’s pension system.

In 2012, the Nigeria Police accused him of misappropriating N100 billion pension funds in connivance with others.

The Civil Service Commission reportedly dismissed him for “absconding from duty’’.

Maina was arraigned in absentia by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), which declared him wanted in 2015.

Wilson Uwujaren, the spokesman of the anti-graft agency in a statement at the weekend, said Maina remained on the commission’s wanted list.

Sunday’s confirmation by the minister followed reports in the online media that Maina had been secretly re-instated and promoted to the rank of director in the ministry.

The sack is coming after Special Adviser to the President on Prosecution Okoi Obono-Obla while reacting to the public outcry, said no need for outrage if Maina has not been found guilty.


  1. Douglas

    October 23, 2017 at 6:48 pm

    Okay good move PMB but we want more. We don’t want him just sacked and investigation opened bla bla bla, we want him arrested, probed and sent to jail just like Olisa Metuh, Dasuki and co. Thank you!

    • Wale Vintage

      October 23, 2017 at 8:02 pm

      Which kian good move? He shouldn’t have been reinstated in the first place. It seems that either Buhari doesn’t have a good hold of his administration or the people that he employed to manage in his administration are grossly incompetent, which in turn shows a deficiency
      in his own ability. This administration always make mistakes and then when the public question it by crying out in outrage, they start running helter skelter. Malami his chief law enforcer was selected because of political reasons as opposed to selecting someone that actually knows, understands and can interpret the law, my people what did you expect? His AG is a mumu dunce and there is know one that is asking intelligent questions. The rest of his old skool type kaduna mafia so called seasoned selected civil servants are there solely for the money and they have managed to siphon out billions. Yep! Given all we know, have seen, have experienced since Buhari was given the chance to rule the country this time around, there is ABSOLUTELY, no need for him to want to run in 2019. The man is old, incompetent, from what I have heard from people close to him, he doesn’t listen, he doesn’t use logic, but rather tribalistic sentiments and he just IS NOT qualified to rule this modern day Nigeria. Buhari is an has been, obsolete and will moving forward, be a detriment to the country as opposed to being the saviour we all had longed for. If he truly wants a betterment for the whole Nigeria and not just states north of the Niger, Buhari should step down now or not run in 2019.
      In the meantime, he should do a massive cabinet reshuffle, REMOVE MALAMI. I think it is also time for the controversial Magu to go. Dambazu and the HOS Mrs Ota??? should be made to account publicly for how Maina got rehired.
      We need to know the outcome of the Oke Ikoyi vault billions, Babachir thievery, Kyari MTN palm greasing and why all the dash monies international communities gave us is sent to the north only.
      We also need to know why Saraki was set free, why el rural and all his properties in abuja are not contributing to the TSA and why Buhari refuses to come to the sw, ss, se to do tours.
      We immediately want to see the FRAUD LIST they are putting together and Kyari and Babachir’s names MUST be included. Buhari is going DOWN!

    • Diamond

      October 24, 2017 at 8:31 am

      My only problem with your comment is that you presented it like Buhari didn’t know Maina was reinstated, and the administration always make a mistake. I can tell you for free that Buhari knows, just as he knows exactly what he meant when he said World bank should focus on Northern Nigeria (forget Ezekwesili jumping to his defense with her misleading North east mention). You are one of those who thought he is a saint, and have yet to believe he is grossly corrupt like the rest of them, + religious and tribal bigotry.

      Another sad news is that this time around, social media can’t be a tool to remove Buhari in 2019. This government is out and determined to stay in power at all cost. Only divine intervention can.

  2. kkay

    October 24, 2017 at 10:25 am

    Nigeria behold thy so-called ‘ *anti-corruption saviour*’ with his weapons of nepotism and pretentious integrity!

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