By Johnbosco Agbakwuru
ABUJA – THE leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for taking the bold step in ordering the immediate disengagement of Abdulrasheed Abdullahi Maina from the civil service.
National President of NLC, Comrade Ayuba Wabba in a statement in Abuja, said Maina who has a case to answer with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, should go and clear his name from criminal allegation.
Wabba said “We at the Nigeria Labour Congress commend the directive by President Muhammadu Buhari ordering the immediate disengagement from service of Mr Abdulrasheed Abdullahi Maina, former Chairman of the Pension Reform Task Force.
“The manner of Mr Maina’s re-engagement and posting as Director to the Ministry of Interior is an affront to law and procedure; insult to Nigerians; and a mockery of Mr President’s fight against corruption. Indeed it is the height of arrogance and impunity.
“Except those involved in the Maina Gate, every other person in Nigeria was aware of the report of the Senate after a painstaking investigation; the refusal of Maina to avail himself to the Senate or the EFCC; his being declared wanted by the EFCC; his taking refuge in the corridors of power then (complete with a retinue of armed personnel) before his subsequent abscondment to a foreign country when power changed hands.
“Maina had all the opportunity to clear his name in court if he felt the Senate and EFCC were biased against him.
“But he did not none of this. Instead, he and his co-conspirators in the new corridors of power elected to do the unthinkable, promote and post him because they think we Nigerians have forgotten. It is sickening. It stinks to high heavens.
“As a follow-up action to Mr President’s directive, we at the Nigeria Labour Congress demand a full investigation of the circumstances that led to Maina’s flight and reinstatement; and prosecution on allegations of corruption.
“Mr President must firmly put his foot down, else some people will rubbish all that he has ever been known for.”