Coalition of Civil Society Organisations yesterday warned that the case of the former Chairman, Presidential Committee on Pension Reform Taskforce Team (PPRT), Abdulrasheed Maina, would make or mar the image of our country if not properly handled.
Meanwhile Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State has alleged that the Mainagate scandal reflected the level of corruption in the Buhari administration, while Labour Party urged the federal government not to shield Maina from prosecution.
The National Coordinator of Civil Society Organisations in Nigeria, Comrade Okpokwu Ogenyi, warned that the issue of Maina could make or mar the image of Nigeria if not properly handled.
While addressing a press conference in Abuja, Ogenyi said Maina should be given the opportunity to tell his side of the story “if that would lead to more revelations of people involved in the embezzlement of pension fund and subsequently, its recovery.”
In a related development, the Labour Party LP yesterday accused the Buhari administration of complicity in the return, reinstatement and consequent disappearance of Maina.
LP which demanded for immediate arrest and prosecution of Maina noted since he was brought back by government, “they must definitely know his whereabouts.”
Addressing a press conference in Abuja, the National Chairman of LP, Mike Omotoso said that it was on record that Maina was sacked by the last administration and placed on wanted list, adding that the way and manner he was ferried in and reinstated in office “is a national disgrace.”
“We are calling on the federal government to arrest and prosecute Maina if they know where he is. Since they were the ones that brought him back and reinstated him, they should also bring him out now, arrest and prosecute him.”
Also speaking on the scandal, Governor Ayodele Fayose has described the Buhari-led government as one “that is rotten and covered with scandalous corruption.”
He added: “Within the last one month, Nigerians have been confronted with messy revelations that gave credence to my earlier position that President Buhari is the life patron of corruption in Nigeria.”
The governor also alleged that there was a grand plot to release another set of Chibok Girls as a means of shifting the attention of Nigerians from the various scandals rocking the government, adding that the claimed recovery of $85 million as part of funds allegedly looted from the Malabu oil deal and conclusion of negotiation with Switzerland on the return of $321 million recovered from the late Abacha family were diversionary.
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