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It’s Absurd, Ridiculous Linking Me to Maina’s Recall – Jonathan


Former President Goodluck Jonathan on Wednesday declared that linking him with the recall of Abdulrasheed Maina, former Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms was “absurd”.
Jonathan was reacting to Special Assistant on Media to the President, Garba Shehu that Jonathan’s loyalists were responsible for the reinstament of Maina.
Jonathan, who spoke though his media aide, Ikechukwu Eze, said the claim by the Presidency was ridiculous.
Jonathan said the fact that efforts are being made to link him to the return and reinstatement of Maina underscored how “uncoordinated and rudderless” the Buhari administration has become.
“Are they saying it is President Jonathan that flew him back into Nigeria and promoted him in two levels ahead of where he was as at 2013 when he fled the from civil service
“They should stop insulting Nigerians or seeing them as fools”, Jonathan said
He continued: “It is ridiculous to say that Jonathan’s loyalists brought Maina back into service. Is it his loyalists that are in government? Somebody who has left office over two years, his loyalists still brought in a fugitive to power? It is laughable.
“Is it his loyalists that also promoted him and made him an acting director from the position of an assistant director? These are the questions they should answer.
“It is funny. It doesn’t make any sense. Is it Jonathan’s men that reinstated him into office, wrote a letter to him and asked him to return to work?
“This was a fugitive that ran away from Jonathan’s government and it was Jonathan’s men who also put him in office? Someone who ran from the law? It doesn’t make sense.”
Maina was declared wanted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on allegations of courting billions in public funds for his own use when he headed the pension reform task force.
The pension funds scandal broke out during Jonathan’s administration (2010-2015), and the government took disciplinary steps against Maina by dismissing him from service.
Maina was an Assistant Director at the time of his dismissal.

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