Update: Sack Maina now, Nigerian Senate tells Jonathan

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The Senate on Wednesday adopted a motion demanding the immediate sack of the Chairman of the Pension Reforms Task Team, Abdulrasheed Maina, for gross misconduct.

After more than one hour deliberation on a motion sponsored by its majority leader, Victor Ndoma-Egba, the Senate also asked the Federal Government not to accord Mr. Maina any right and privileges public officials in his position are entitled to after service.

The senate also asked the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, to appear before it to explain why the police failed to act on the warrant of arrest issued on Mr. Maina for repeatedly refusing to honour a Senate invitation over the controversial N195 billion pension scam.

Should the police boss fail to honour the lawmaker’s invitation, the Senate threatened to pass a vote of no confidence on him.

Before the resolution, several members who spoke accused the Federal Government and President Goodluck Jonathan of collaborating with Mr. Maina to perpetrate the crime against Nigerians.

“Maina has scored an own-goal against Nigeria and Nigerians. Maina is working for the Executive and the President is the Chief executive. It means the executive is collaborating with him. The President must move to equalize the own-goal and go ahead to score the winning goal to restore the credibility of the government,” Olubunmi Adetumbi (Ekiti) said in his contribution.

Smart Adeyemi (Kogi) also condemned the executive for failing to honour previous senate resolutions.

“We have no reason to be here. If we will pass resolutions and the executive will not implement them, then what are we doing here,” he said.

It is not clear if President Jonathan will honour the resolution on Mr. Maina. An earlier one by both chambers of the National Assembly on Arunma Oteh, head of the Security and Exchange Commission, was not honoured.

Ms. Oteh is still in office while lawmakers have refused to appropriate money to her commission.


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  • Mr. Myle

    If truely the senate will stand firm on all their resolution. I think Nigeria will get some where. But that is if the Ghana most go syndrome doesnt exist.

  • Hamid Bolarinwa

    QUOTE ME: Nothing will happen to Maina and heavens will not fall!

    Maina the crafty and ingenious glorified thief has exceedingly compromised almost every person in the civil service and presidency to such embarrassing heights that any one turning against him now is like taking the poison pill or committing suicide. (Ask Orosanye, Prof. Afolabi, Alhaji Kigo, Ayo Otepola, Alhaji Abatcha, Charles Bonat, Okonjo-Iweala, etc. and find out if anyone of them will say anything against him)
    Only way out to deal with the situation is for the Senate to blatantly refuse for this matter to be treated as a political issue.
    The blood of dead pensioners and wailing of the living-dead pensioners will not stop crying until the heavens act insha allah

  • Emmanuel

    I wonder why sentiment is always beclouding our sense of reasoning. For crying out loud, The President cannot just sack Maina without following due process! Civil Service Commission must receive a petition to act upon and Senior Staff Committee must look into the matter and make recommendations. The Senate needs to amend its resolution to reflect due process, so as not to rubbish its integrity in the eyes of the world.

  • Otu

    Its all grandstanding. Maina also has his accomplices in the National Assembly