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Jonathan’s Loyalists may be responsible for Maina’s Recall – Presidency



Jonathan's Loyalists may be responsible for Maina's Recall - Presidency - BellaNaija

The presidency has in a statement said government officials loyal to former president Goodluck Jonathan may be responsible for the reinstatement of wanted pension boss Abdulrasheed Maina.

Maina who has been declared wanted by the EFCC since 2013 was reinstated and promoted to the position of Director in the Human Resources Department of the Ministry of Interior.

Recall that Maina was reportedly dismissed by the Jonathan-administration for allegedly absconding from duty and attempting to evade arrest.

It was also reported that the reinstatement of the wanted former pension boss was signed off by the Attorney General of the Federation Abubakar Malami.

However, in a statement released by Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, he said the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) had no moral right to level accusations against the current administration.

According to Daily Trust, Shehu described Maina as one of “the monsters created by the former PDP government, who are still rearing their ugly heads long after the Party was soundly defeated in the 2015 elections.” He said:

Some influential officials loyal to the previous government may have been the invisible hand in the latest scandal that saw the return of Maina to the public service, despite being on the EFCC’s wanted list.

Over and over again, the President Buhari government has pointed out that the administration’s greatest problem is the mess left behind by the previous government. Maina is just one more example.

Shehu said top officials of the PDP benefited from Maina’s corrupt practices, and described him as “a man warmly ensconced in the bosom of power.” He said:

Top officials in the PDP government, from sectoral heads, to those charged with responsibility for law and order received some of these billions of naira from Maina.

We have all the transaction records and these are matters that the EFCC has been pursuing to ensure that they all have their day in court.

He added that President Buhari will get to “the bottom of the matter of the impunity that led to Maina’s reinstatement.”


  1. ada

    October 26, 2017 at 10:06 am

    This is totally ridiculous! Why can’t the government ever take the blame for anything? The former administration again? This is just utter ridiculous.

    • FasholasLover

      October 26, 2017 at 12:04 pm

      This would have been funny if not that it is so ridiculous! Our ‘Presidency’ has gone mad. Who is this Presidency sef???? Babachir Lawal once asked yet no answer. Buhari is a dead man walking. And we say there is a President in residence?

  2. Cmbo

    October 26, 2017 at 10:37 am

    Who is this ‘presidency’ that is daft like this? Did you hear yourself when you were speaking. So it is Jonathan that is ruling this govt now? So disappointed in this regime.

  3. Busarni

    October 26, 2017 at 11:18 am

    They must really feel like we are fools. According to a report; DSS escorted him to Niger republic; he was campaigning some few days in kano; he had the protection of the police. So how does the former administration come into the issue. APC accept your failures for once and get your acts together. The whole thing is depressing; i have finally lost any atom of hope i had in the administration.

  4. Hedx

    October 26, 2017 at 11:21 am

    Dear PMB, please own your mistakes!

  5. Ese

    October 26, 2017 at 11:28 am

    The worst type of govt is where the elected govt tells lies to the citizens. Buhari and APC is the worst type of govt. They think we are fools?

  6. nene+

    October 26, 2017 at 11:31 am

    My questions are 1. Is Ganny Ogunshakin reading this?
    2. Is ada nnewi on exile?
    3.What will the palm-wine drinker Lauretta Onochie say about these?

    Just watch closely they may soon release a batch of girls to douse this tension…….


    October 26, 2017 at 11:50 am

    Mr. President. This is your mess. Please, clean it up in a timely manner. May I remind you President Mohammodu Buhari. You’ve being in power for over two years. You can no longer blame former president Badluck Jonathan for anything again. Your reputation is at stake. This bull shit happened under your watch. Instruct your spokesman to stop the blame game. A word is enough for the wise. I’m just saying.

  8. Jo

    October 26, 2017 at 1:47 pm

    My take on the state of the nation is that we are just marking time literally marching on the spot without moving forward. A lot of Nigerians voted in this government because they had hope but what have they gotten in exchange: one debacle after another, blaming Jonathan at every single opportunity, insecurity, create smokescreens in the name of fighting corruption, lack of infrastructural development, suffering and hardship, truncation of freedom of speech in the guise of clamping down on hate speech, etc. The only positive I think this government has achieved is that some looters now cower in fear.

  9. Momotaro

    October 26, 2017 at 2:44 pm

    LOL in October 2017, you are still blaming the past administration… even children have more sense and maturity than this administration.

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