President Muhammadu Buhari has been urged to grant the embattled former Chairman, Presidential committee on Pension Reform Taskforce Team (PPRTT) under the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan, Mr. Abdulrasheed Maina security protection to tell Nigerians the truth about the pension scam.
A coalition of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) under the auspices of Coalition for Good Governance and Change Initiatives (CGGCI) told reporters in Abuja on Friday that the re-instatement and disengagement of Maina from the civil service by the President is commendable as it ease tension.
The National Coordinator of the coalition, Comrade Okpokwu Ogenyi, also lauded President Buhari’s effort towards eradicating corruption in Nigeria.
“We have observed with keen interest, the position of the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami. We have equally seen the position of the Nigerian Senate, the PDP, APC, the League of African Development Students, and the civil service rule. We urge Nigerians not to panic, and advice actors of blame game to maintain caution, as the truth is gradually unfolding.
“On the recoveries of stolen pension fund by the PPRTT which the pension magazine gave the figure at N200bn, where is this fund? Is it in the federation account or where? Mr Maina insisted that the money is in the federation account which both the past and present administration has not disputed. We also believed that, with the testimony of Senator Kabiru Gaya who said the N195bn Maina was accused of stealing by the senate joint probe on pension fund is in the federation account,” Okpokwu said.
According to him, it is interesting that immediately the Maina-led PPRTT was disbanded, the government established the so-called Pension Transition Administration Department (PTAD).
He wonder why after the Maina’s biometric was discontinued, the PTAD spent N8bn for the same biometric exercise that was done with N2.1bn earlier.
“This is a clear indication that Maina was mainly framed up by the Jonathan’s administration because during its reigns it was a taboo not to be corrupt. We appeal to President Buhari to look into the substance of the allegations and counter-allegations by providing Maina with adequate security for him to face Nigerians and tell his own side of the story. We believe this will expose all the corrupt leaders hiding under his absence. It could be that treasury looters are getting back at him to save their own heads,” he added.