Oby Ezekwesili has condemned the federal government of Nigeria on Mr. Abdulrasheed Maina’s reinstatement.
Image: Oby Ezekwesili
Mrs. Ezekwesili, a former Minister of Education and leader of the Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) campaign, expressed dissatisfaction with FG’s decision to allow Mr. Maina, the former Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms, to continue with Nigeria’s civil service despite calls for his sack and prosecution on allegations of fraud.
The former Vice President of World Bank took to social media on Wednesday and flooded her Twitter page with series of emotional tweets.
The Federal Government has no “redeeming prospect in the colossal mess” except it own the scandal and make full disclosure, she wrote.
“There is no redeeming prospect in the COLOSSAL MESS made by officials of the FG in the #MainaGate. But, @ least START with FULL DISCLOSURE,” she posted in a separate tweet.
#MainaGate is one SCANDAL TOO MANY for Pres @MBuhari’s administration. The time has come for the President to OWN these SCANDALS & ACT,” the concerned Nigerian tweeted.
Maina was alleged to be involved in N100 billion pension fraud in 2012 and in 2015 he was charged to court by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), on a 24 count charge bothering on procurement fraud, but Mr. Maina could not be arraigned. The commission subsequently declared him wanted hence the outburst that trailed the news of his reinstatement.
Since the news of the reinstatement broke in the media over the weekend, there has been harsh criticism of the Buhari led government with many questioning the integrity of the president and his commitment to anti-corruption war.
There has also been series of blame-trading between the leadership of Ministry of interior and the Head of Civil Service of the Federation.
Mr. Abdulrahman Dambazau, Minister of Interior, on Sunday blamed Winifred Oyo-Ita, head of the Civil Service of the Federation, and the Federal Civil Service Commission for the reinstatement of Mr. Maina.
Mrs. Oyo-Ita gave a rebutter on Monday, describing Mr. Dambazau’s claim as erroneous and misleading.
However, on the same day, Monday, October 23, President Buhari ordered the dismissal of Mr. Maina and called for a full report on his reinstatement.
But, Mrs. Ezekwesili said the “MainaGate” is the most lethal blow yet to a struggling anti-corruption agenda that had the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) increasingly isolated by the attorney-general of the federation”.
On October 24, EFCC sealed off the houses and companies of Maina in Abuja.
See her tweets below: