The Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption said the Federal Government had not swept under the carpet the case of officials involved in the scandalous reinstatement and subsequent promotion of the Chairman of the defunct Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms, Mr. Abdulrasheed Maina.
Maina had been missing since news broke about his controversial return to the country after he was initially declared wanted in 2013 over corruption allegations.
President Muhammadu Buhari had also directed that he (Maina) should be sacked after public outrage trailed the news of his reinstatement.
But PACAC said in Abuja on Friday that the government officials who aided and abetted Maina were being investigated, urging Nigerians to exercise patience to allow the government to do a thorough job.
The PACAC Chairman, Prof. Itse Sagay (SAN), and the Executive Secretary of the committee, Prof. Bolaji Owasanoye, spoke about the issues while responding to questions raised during the committee’s interaction with stakeholders in Abuja.
They said that with the “huge” looted funds recovered under the Buhari administration in the last two years, the government’s anti-corruption efforts had been extremely successful.
Sagay, who lashed out at critics of the anti-corruption efforts of the Buhari administration, vowed that he would not relent in attacking both the National Assembly members, for the huge remuneration accruable to them, and the leadership of the All Progressives Congress, for tolerating “monsters.”
Responding to a question on Maina, Sagay said, “On the issue of Maina, Maina has been sacked, what else do you want the President to do? He (Maina) has been sacked and those responsible for cuddling and pushing him are being investigated. That is the best that can be done.”
Speaking further on the issue, Owasanoye said the government should be given enough time to investigate the scandal.
Meanwhile, Saturday PUNCH has gathered that Buhari may wait for the outcome of the investigation instituted by the National Assembly on the controversial reinstatement of Maina to the federal civil service before taking a final decision on the matter.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, disclosed this in an interview with one of our correspondents on Friday.
Saturday PUNCH had asked the presidential spokesperson on what the President was doing on the issue and if he would be willing to sack officials indicted in the matter.
He said, “The National Assembly is (already) investigating the matter and this is one government. The President cannot ask the National Assembly to stop and their outcome will have a bearing on whatever will be done because the government is working as one.
“The government has a way of coordinating its activities. The Executive and the Legislature cannot be working at cross purposes on this matter.”
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