By PAUL UWADIMA, Abuja –
After its consultative meeting with representatives of civil society groups drawn from the six geo-political zones of the country in Abuja yesterday, the Conference of Nigerian Political Parties (CNPP) has called for a public enquiry in the scandalous reinstatement of fugitive former chairman of Pension Reform Task Team, Abdulrasheed Maina to the federal civil service.
The conference said the public enquiry into the scandal is to unravel the truth behind the controversial return and reinstatement of the former pension taskforce boss.
According to a statement by the secretary general of the CNPP, Chief Willy Ezugwu, “There are too many stories, questions, twists and names in the controversial recall game that it is impossible for any Nigerian to understand the focus of the President Muhammadu Buhari’s anti-corruption war.”
It said, “Every day of the President Buhari administration, Nigerians and the international community get more and more confused about the anti-corruption direction of the government.”
It therefore said for clarity and a proof that the war is not a vendetta or a mere political slogan the MainaGate should be thoroughly investigated.
It warned that this must be done within 14 days if Mr. President is truly on anti-corruption war to sanitise the Nigerian political system for generations unborn to enjoy a Nigeria of our dream or the CNPP and its allies in the civil society will be forced to take a legitimate but drastic measures to save Nigeria”, the CNPP demanded.
The statement added that “President Buhari needs to decisively act as the head of the executive arm of government as Maina’s return and reinstatement became an international matter the day the INTERPOL got involved in the manhunt for the fugitive Maina.
“Today, Nigeria and her anti-corruption disposition have turned into a caricature among the comity of nations. Therefore, there is need to rise up and save the country.’’
It noted that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had enlisted the International Police (INTERPOL) to arrest him but he dramatically showed up in the country and was last month reinstated as acting director in the Ministry of Interior.
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