The Presidency and family of sacked director in the Ministry of Interior, Mr. Abdulrasheed Maina, were, yesterday, locked in a war of words over his sack by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Maina, former head of Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms, who had been on exile, after being declared wanted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, for an alleged N100bn pension scam, was sacked by the President on Monday after he was found to have returned to the country and resumed work at the ministry as a director.
While the family alleged that Maina was brought back to the country by the present government to assist in propagation of its Change Agenda because of the reforms he made in the Nigerian Pension Scheme, the Presidency said the family should be ignored, saying the claim was ridiculous.
According to the family, Maina is a Messiah and not a fraudster as he is being painted.
The Presidency in a swift reaction, last night, said Maina’s family should be ignored. Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu said: “The claim that the Buhari administration invited the wanted Abdulrasheed Maina back into country is a freshly minted falsehood. Nobody should believe that.
“The family that made that claim simply wanted to be ridiculous. Please ignore them.”
But addressing a press conference in Kaduna, yesterday, a member of the family, Aliyu Maina, said it was because of the sterling performance of Abdulrasheed Maina in the area of preventing pension fraudsters that the present administration “convinced him to comeback and assist in its ‘Change’ agenda”.
He attributed the ordeal of Maina to the handiwork of members of a cabal who were not comfortable with the good work he was doing.