The Senior Assistant to President Buhari on Media and Publicity, ‘Garba Shehu spoke about the divisive reinstatement of Ex- chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms, Abdulrasheed Maina.
“No, no, no. Please, don’t stick this on President Muhammadu Buhari. As we said in that statement (on Maina’s reinstatement), this is a mess we inherited; the Maina Saga – the bribery and the sharing. Maina took over N24 billion on the day he was appointed pension boss but he left leaving only one million naira. So, it happened under the watch of the previous administration and that is why we said, morally, they have no right to accuse us. What is the Buhari government doing? Buhari has received all the reports and a decision will be taken by him very soon. It’s expanding and we welcome investigation by anyone – the Senate, the House of Representatives’.
Garba Shehu continued by saying;
‘In fact, the Interpol just put Maina on their wanted list now. New warrant has been issued for Maina re-arrest. And all of the cases – you know there are a number of ongoing cases in the country which he would have been a part of. Now he is back home, he is going to have his day in court. Some people were receiving money from Maina, without minding he was sharing police pension money with them. People who ought to investigate him, who ought to send him to trial became beneficiaries of that act. Very soon the President will decide and all of these things will come out’.