Fayose Urges Maina to Mention ‘Thieves’ in Buhari’s Govt


Victor Ogunje in Ado Ekiti

Following allegation raised by the embattled Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms, Mr. Abdullahi Maina, that there are thieves in President Muhammadu Buhari’s government, Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, has challenged him to unveil the identities of these individuals.

Fayose also appealed to him to name the dramatis personae that aided his alleged fraudulent reinstatement as well as answer to all fraud related cases against him.

The governor described Maina’s interview shown on Channels Television yesterday as explosive, saying he was sure that President Buhari will look the other way just as he did on the allegation of award of $25 billion contracts without following due process made against the Group Managing Director (GMD) of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr. Maikanti Baru, by the Minister of State for Petroleum, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, and many others.

In a statement issued yesterday by his Special Assistant on Public
Communications, Lere Olayinka, Fayose, said he had again been vindicated on his position that the corruption being perpetrated in President Buhari’s government was unprecedented and mind-boggling.

He said: “The Maina’s challenge is another opportunity for President
Buhari to proof to Nigerians that he is actually fighting corruption.
But I am sure that since it again bothers on his closest men, he won’t do anything.”
The governor said it was important for Maina to wash himself clean of the N2.1 billion pension fraud that made him escaped from the country and earned him dismissal from the civil service.

Fayose, who challenged Maina to name those in Buhari’s government that are thieves, noted that “there is no need waiting for the president to conduct public inquiry on the pension scam, Maina should just go ahead and tell Nigerians who the thieves among Buhari’s men are.
“Even after naming them, Maina should not expect any action from the president, rather, he should be contented with satisfying his conscience and putting those Buhari’s men that he said are pretending to be saints in the court of public opinion.”

While maintaining his position on the ‘self-appointed’ human rights lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), over the allegation by the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN), linking the lawyer to a N1 billion property on Gana Street, Maitama, Abuja, Fayose said it was sad that Falana and his collaborators have turned the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to their source of huge income.

“EFCC has become Falana’s daily meal. Falana and his collaborators live on EFCC. They have turned themselves to brokers of bail and suppliers of lawyers to accused persons while at the same time buying seized properties at ridiculous amount.
“Even the likes of Madaki, who have retired from service, has been brought back into the system so that he can continue to help them perpetrate fraud,” he said.