- Presidency source has revealed why President Muhammadu Buhari sacked ex-pension boss Maina
- Buhari had on Monday, October 23, ordered immediate disengagement of Maina from civil service
- The source also noted that minister of interior, Abdulrahman Dambazzau and his counterpart from the Ministry of Justice, Abubakar Malami might be queried over Maina’s reinstatement
There were fresh facts as to why President Muhammadu Buhari ordered the immediate disengagement of the former chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms Abdulrasheed Abdullahi Maina from the civil service.
Daily Trust reports that President Buhari, in a memo to the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Winifred Oyo-Ita, equally demanded a full report of the circumstances of Maina’s recall and posting to the ministry of interior.
Presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina, who disclosed these facts in a statement on Monday, October 23, said the report should be submitted to the Office of the Chief of Staff to the President, Mallam Abba Kyari, before the close of work.
NAIJ.com gathered that a source in the presidency said President Buhari directed Maina’s disengagement for absconding from the service and causing an embarrassment to the government.
“In issuing the directive that Maina should be immediately disengaged from service, Mr. President acted on a new set of facts. One, for leaving the service without permission; he ran away from the country. And two, for the embarrassment he has brought to the government,” he said.
The source, however, emphasised that Maina’s reinstatement was done without recourse to the president.
It was reported that the Head of Service was on Monday, October 23 at the Office of the Chief of Staff as directed by the president. She was in Calabar for the burial of her elder sister when the president’s directive was issued.
Oyo-Ita, who was accompanied to the Aso Rock Presidential Villa in Abuja by two aides, arrived the Office of the Chief of Staff at exactly 6:40pm.
Attired in a multi-colour ankara, she was sighted clutching some files with which she went into the meeting with the Chief of Staff.
She was driven out of the Presidential Villa at exactly 7:15pm after what an official described as “a brief but crucial grilling session.”
As of 8:00pm yesterday, the Chief of Staff was still inside his office.
Oyo-Ita had earlier exonerated herself from the reinstatement of the former PRTT chairman.
The assistant director, media relations in the OHOCSF, Mohammed Manga said: “The attention of the Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation has been drawn to several media reports that the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation has approved the re-instatement into the Federal Civil Service of Alhaji Abdulrasheed Abdullahi Maina and his subsequent posting to the ministry of interior.
“The Head of the Civil Service of the Federation (HCSF) wishes to inform the public that the re-instatement and posting of Alhaji Abdulrasheed Abdullahi Maina never emanated from the Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation. Consequently, the purported re-instatement and posting by the Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation is totally erroneous and misleading,” Manga said.
The Minister of Interior Abdulrahman Dambazau had in a statement on Sunday, October 22 explained that Maina was recalled through the Office of the Head of Service.
Meanwhile, there were indications that President Buhari may summon the Attorney-General of the federation, Abubakar Malami and the minister of interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau, over the recall and posting of Maina.
It was gathered that the report which Mrs Oyo-Ita submitted on Monday to the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari, had provided some clues warranting other explanations by Malami and Dambazau.
The senior special assistant to the President on media and publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, in a text message to Daily Trust on Monday last night, only stated that Oyo-Ita’s report was being studied.
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“I have confirmation that the head of service of the federation, Mrs Oyo-Ita, has brought the report on the re-engagement of Abdulrasheed Maina as directed by the president. This is being studied as other reports are being awaited,” he said.
Shehu did not specify those to provide “other reports” but a source hinted that “for now, the AGF and the interior minister need to explain their own sides of the story to the president. Any other official linked to the thing will also be invited for explanations.”
NAIJ.com had previously reported that President Muhammadu Buhari’s Chief of Staff received the report of how embattled ex-pension boss, Abdulrasheed Maina was reinstated to the civil service.
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