The former chairman of the Pension Reform Task Team (PRTT), Abdulrasheed Maina, has asked former Vice President Atiku Abubakar to face his imminent defeat at the polls before dragging him into his politics of desperation.
Maina in a statement by one his legal aide, Hon. Ngozika Ihuoma, on Friday in Abuja, accused the PDP presidential aspirant of ignorance over the matter of his reabsorption into the federal civil service.
Atiku had stirred the hornets’ nest on Thursday when he accused President Muhammadu Buhari of lying on being uncompromising on corruption.
“Why did the Presidency do nothing as the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, went to court to secure a kangaroo court order to stop the Senate of the National Assembly from investigating who recalled, reinstated and double promoted Abdulrasheed Maina?” Atiku asked in a statement by his spokesperson, Paul Ibe.
However, Maina in his reply said Atiku is generally known to be corrupt only that as a former customs officer, he has perfected the art of circumventing due process, while stressing that it will not be too long before his litany of corrupt acts were uncovered.
“Instead of Mr. Atiku Abubakar to be more concerned of his uncertain aspiration and imminent defeat which has become perennial, he is fixated on populist antics that will take him nowhere,” Maina said.
“It is on record that Atiku is perceived to be one of the most corrupt politicians in Nigeria’s history so much so that his former boss, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, has said that even God will be angry if he supports Atiku to become president. What damning verdict does one need again?
“It is something of a wonder that a man that cannot enter the United States due to telling corruption is the one lecturing on corruption, tells how much shame he does not have,” the statement read.
“For the avoidance of doubt, I refer Mr. Atiku to the Sun Newspaper of April 12, 2016 in which Senator Kabiru Gaya, chairman Senate Committee on Establishment and Local Governments, said: “You remember I was a member of the 6th and 7th Senate and I am still a member of the 8th National Assembly.
“During the 7th Senate, we were able to do a probe of the pension scam. I was a co-chair of that committee. During that investigation, we were able to discover N195 billion stocked in accounts of various Departments, Agencies and Ministries (MDAs) for pension and they were not using those monies. These are kinds of money that form part of the TSA and it is a welcome idea. It is an excellent idea. Now, we can use money we have to achieve what we want.
“So for those like the former vice president who are engaged in red herring to gain cheap mileage, I only pity them.
According to the embattled former civil servant, he has contributed immensely to the reform of pension administration in the country, pointing out that it is on record he recovered over N1.2 trillion under the former President Goodluck Jonathan’s government, and an additional N1.3 trillion under the president administration.
Maina argued that his sack was due to the ‘immense’ pressure on the government by the pension cabal and a pliant media that bought into the hysteria as there was no case against him by any of the anti-corruption agencies in the country.
Maina, whose where about is unknown, expressed the confidence that President Buhari will be reelected in 2019 to consolidate on his anti-corruption drive and reposition Nigeria economically.
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