Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) yesterday commended President Muhammadu Buhari for his decision to sack Mr. Abdulrasheed Maina, former Chairman of the Pension Reforms Task Force. President of NLC, Comrade Ayuba Wabba, in a statement, said the re-engagement of Maina and posting to the Ministry was an insult to Nigerians and a mockery on President Buhari’s fight against corruption. Wabba, however, urged the President to watch against people who were bent on rubbishing his anti-corruption crusade.
It read: “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.
“Th e manner of Mr. Maina’s re-engagement and posting as Director to the Ministry of Interior is an aff ront to law and procedure; insult to Nigerians; and a mockery of Mr. President’s fi ght 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.”
Continuing, it read: “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 any 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 the President’s directive, we at the Nigeria Labour Congress demand a full investigation of the circumstances that led to Maina’s fl ight and reinstatement; and prosecution on allegations of corruption. “Mr. President must fi rmly put his foot down, else some people will rubbish all that he has ever been known for.”