Oyo-Ita: Buhari Is Aware Of Maina’s Reinstatement…I Warned Him Against It

The Head of Service of the Federation, Mrs. Winifred Oyo-Ita, has said President Muhammadu Buhari is aware of the reinstatement of a former Chairman of the Pension Reforms Commission, Mallam Abdulrasheed Maina, into the civil service. She however said she warned the President against it. Oyo-Ita said that her warning was based on the implications such reinstatement would have on the anti-corruption war of the Federal Government. The HoS stated this in her memo to the Chief of Staff to the President, Mr. Abba Kyari.

The memo, with reference number HSCSF/HCSF/LU/COR/FCSC/750/T, was dated October 23, 2017. The memo, titled, “Re: Abdulrasheed Abdullahi Maina,” was received in the office of the Chief of Staff to the President on October 23. A copy of the memo was sighted by our correspondent in Abuja on Monday. The President had directed the HoS to investigate the circumstances that surrounded the return of Maina to the civil service. He gave the directive following the public outcry that trailed Maina’s reinstatement. Maina, whose whereabouts is still unknown, has been accused of embezzling pensioners’ funds running into billions of Naira and is currently under investigation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

Explaining further, the HoS said she met the President after the Federal Executive Council meeting of Wednesday, October 11, where she verbally warned Buhari against bringing Maina back to the service. She, however, did not say what the response of the President was after briefing him. Oyo-Ita said, “Please, note that the OHCSF was never in agreement with the reinstatement and consequently never conveyed the approval of the FCPC to Mr. A. A. Maina, nor approved his posting to the Ministry of Interior or any other MDA “Rather, I sought audience with His Excellency, Mr. President after the FEC meeting where I briefed him verbally on the wide-ranging implications of the reinstatement of Mr. A. A. Maina, especially the damaging impact on the anti-corruption stance of this administration.”

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