Maina: Presidency keeps mum as Head of Service implicates Buhari

Abdulrashid Maina
Former Chairman of the Pension Reform Task Team, Abdulrasheed Maina

About 24 hours after information leaked that President Muhammadu Buhari was in the know about the questionable reinstatement of a dismissed pension fraud suspect into the civil service, the presidency has refused to speak on the matter.

The allegations that Mr. Buhari was briefed of the scheme to surreptitiously recall Abdulrasheed Maina, a fugitive from justice, were raised in an internal memo by the Head of Civil Service, Winifred Oyo-Ita — signalling an escalation in the scandal and its growing impact on the president’s avowed ‘war on corruption.’

“I sought an audience with His Excellency, Mr. President on Wednesday, October 11, 2017, after the FEC meeting where I briefed His Excellency verbally on the wide-ranging implications of the reinstatement of Mr. A. A. Maina, especially the damaging impact on the anti-corruption stance of this administration,” Mrs. Oyo-Ita said in the memo to Mr. Buhari’s Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari.

The Punch Newspapers published the October 23 correspondence Tuesday morning, lending the strongest corroboration yet to an earlier suggestion by Sahara Reporters that Mr. Buhari knew about the Maina affair but was only feigning ignorance to hoodwink the public.

PREMIUM TIMES on October 20 broke the story of Mr. Maina’s dubious return to civil service after years of being on the run, sending shockwaves through the nation and placing the administration’s conduct under renewed public criticism and scrutiny.

If the president was carried along by Attorney-General Abubakar Malami and Interior Minister Abdulrahman Dambazau —the two officials at the heart of the recall— it would be difficult for him to yield to public demand to fire either or both of them.

Mrs. Oyo-Ita’s memo was probably her response to Mr. Buhari’s demand that the top civil servant put together a report detailing how Mr. Maina sneaked back into public service.

Mr. Buhari summoned the report when he demanded an expedited dismissal of Mr. Maina from service on October 23, an uncharacteristically swift response to public outrage that led many to assume that the scandal also caught the president by surprise.

Presidential spokespersons, Femi Adesina and Garba Shehu, declined comments about Mrs. Oyo-Ita’s allegations against the president Tuesday. Despite repeated efforts by PREMIUM TIMES throughout the day, the presidency failed to categorically say what Mr. Buhari might know.

UNANSWERED QUESTIONS

While Mrs. Oyo-Ita’s memo might have added further hints into the possible involvement of Mr. Buhari in the controversial recall; it was silent on a host of questions that could be considered crucial to bringing the scandal to closure.

For instance, the Head of Service didn’t say what Mr. Buhari’s response was when she warned him about the Maina affair.

Secondly, Mrs. Oyo-Ita said she first learnt of the scheme as far back as February, but she also didn’t say why she had to wait until October 11 to verbally mention the matter to Mr. Buhari.  Based on a narration prepared by the Federal Civil Service Commission, Mr. Maina was reinstated on September 28, indicating that Mrs. Oyo-Ita only raised concerns after the suspicious reinstatement had been concluded.

Also, considering the civil service culture of written communication, Mrs. Oyo-Ita was expected to have formally notified Mr. Buhari of her reservations concerning the reinstatement.

Administration officials told PREMIUM TIMES it was appropriate to verbally mention issues to the president during meetings, but it is usually done as a follow-up or a passing reminder about a pending written request. If there was any written communication between Mrs. Oyo-Ita and Mr. Buhari before the scandal broke, she didn’t specify in the memo.

Even when Mr. Buhari was warned late, he didn’t seem to have taken any action to immediately take steps that would have saved his administration the scandal.

Mr. Buhari had nine days between October 11 when Mrs. Oyo-Ita put him on the notice and October 20 when PREMIUM TIMES blew the lid of Messrs. Malami and Dambazau’s machinations. It, however, took the president only three days of public backlash after the story broke to demand Mr. Maina’s sack and query Mrs. Oyo-Ita.

A spokesperson for the Head of Service, Muhammed Manga, said he won’t comment on a leaked internal communication.

The Punch memo also showed Mrs. Oyo-Ita standing her ground that her office did not partake in the reinstatement, contrary to a claim by Mr. Dambazau that she approved the posting of Mr. Maina to the Interior.

FULL DISCLOSURE

Mr. Maina was dismissed from service in 2013 during the Goodluck Jonathan administration for absconding from office following allegations that he diverted billions in public funds for his own use when he headed the pension reform task force.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission subsequently moved to arrest and prosecute him, but Mr. Maina, who was fired as an assistant director, bolted from the law.

He was believed to have fled to Dubai, where he had remained until the Buhari administration facilitated his return under questionable circumstances this year.

Out of the 34-count charge which EFCC filed against a former Head of Civil Service, Steve Oronsaye, over pension fraud, Mr. Maina featured in 27. EFCC sources said he couldn’t be charged because he had been on the run.

“The consequences of the gross breach of public trust in the reinstatement of Mr. Maina could only be minimised if the president comes clean on the scandal,” said a political analyst and automobile expert, Gbola Oba.

Mr. Oba said Mr. Buhari and his aides are not helping themselves by keeping quiet and would “be mistaken if they think they could wait out this humongous scandal that others before it.”

“It’s true that Nigerians have become tired of regular scandals in public service, but this one would likely be the proverbial straw that broke the camel’s back,” Mr. Oba told PREMIUM TIMES by telephone Tuesday night. “The Head of Service has indicted the president, it’s time for him to tell Nigerians his side.”


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  • marig

    Pmb’s major weakness has always been laziness. This man is very lazy. Files that need immediate attention will be on his desk months. That is why it took him 6 months to form a cabinet. How about boards for parastatals? Not appointed. So much work to be done.

    • Justice Equity

      When you exhumed an old weak,sickly, myopic, tired,expired ,hate overwhelmed ,clannish, vindictive ,uneducated grandfather to take up a job that required an energetic, vibrant, resourceful, versed, intelligent, physically fit and dynamic young person,what do you expect?,you planted cocoyam and expected to harvest rice?,thank God that this is democracy with tenured administration, otherwise Nigeria would have suffered permanent stroke.
      Buhari is the worst thing that anybody would ever wish for themselves,a terrible disaster and huge calamitous ineptitude.
      Oh God have mercy.

    • Charles

      No his major weakness is corruption not weakness, please call a spade a spade, why is he always as fast as a leopard when it comes to his perceived enemies, but when it comes to his friends or party members he becomes as lazy and slow as a sick snail.

      • AryLoyds

        Hahaha you can say that again , buhari is like a leopard that never loses its spots !

    • Agba

      Buhari is not in charge of Nigeria,only four people are in control of the nation,they are ABBA KYARI.DAMBAZZU.MALAMI.MAMAN DAURA.until those people are down,Nigeria is going no where,No MEMO will see the light of the day with ABBA KYARI,unless you leak your MEMO,NIGERIA IS IN TROUBLE.

  • oyoko

    PT you have made my day, just the same question i contributed to the debate i had with my colleagues on this issue. When have public servant start relating with their superior on serious administrative issue verbally. The little time i worked in public service, i discovered that relating with your superior on any matter is always through memo, and your superior acts on the memo received. I wonder how Hos would want the President to act on a verbal discussion. If the President is to act, does she expect the President to call AGF or the Minister of Interior to verbally ask them ‘what is this i am hearing about Maina”. No Sir, it does not work that way, and Hos knows better, that the President will act based on memo. My thinking is either the leaked memo is not real, because the office of Hos is more than this.

    • dan

      There may be a memo from the HoS to the President notifying him of Maina reinstatement before the verbal contact. She may have decided not to mention it in the latest memo so as not to look as if she is indicting the President and to give him a leeway of escape from public indictment. The rule is that whatever the case, the Presido must not fall, usually other people will be used as sacrificial lamb while the President escapes even if he masterminded the crime.

      • oyoko

        No Sir,. don’t insinuate. When we give our verdict like this, it make us look gullible before this people. Hos, is not a small position in Govt, moreover the President himself gave her query, so she has all freedom to tell the President about the memo she wrote to him on this issue and also call the President to remember the verbal conversation she had with him on the same issue. I don’t believe there is any memo from her as concerning this issue.

        • Prosperous Nigeria

          Oyoko, are you from Oyoko Market in Abavo, Delta State?

          • MilitaryPolice01 [Joint Chief]

            Haha smh

          • oyoko

            No Sir!

        • obiora

          I know you are a Fulni Man but stop backing Evil. What are those advisers doing to the president. HOS did not allow it so the two Fulani Ministers Gave their brother job. Are they all not working for Buhari and Nigeria. Hos saying that She informed the president is because Interior Minister said that She is the one Who did it. Stop adding Fake stories to the Evil practice of Buhari.

          • oyoko

            Obiora, let us always read before we jump to conclusion. Do you know the genesis of this issue, do you know that Maina petition the Minister of Interior that he was wrongly dismissed, do you know that the Minister of Interior seek advise from FCSC, the office-in-charge of discipline and dismissal, do you know that FCSC requested for input from AGF, do you know that AGF advised that there were two court judgment from two magistrate court that ruled, in favor of Maina; one court said he was wrongly dismissed and advised for his reinstatement, the other court ruled and bared EFCC from arresting him, do you know that AGF said up till that time no appeal have been made against those rulings upon which AGF advised wisely, do you know that since 2013 when Maina was dismissed ( and for your info, he was not dismiss based on corruption, but based on abandonment of duty) he was never declared wanted by previous Govt until October of 2015. Pls you may find yourself in future leading a small group, i advise you show some diligent in studying and do away with sentiment.

          • obiora

            He was decleared wanted,when did not change anything.Why not clear his name first by reporting to EFCC and going to court. Or are you telling me that Buhari and his Fulani Tribe are above Nigerian Laws. A man who EFCC is looking for you are telling me has no question to answer. Why did he run to Arab Country if he is a free Man. You see Nigerian Yam is Chop i chop all are Goats and all Goats eat Yams.

          • oyoko

            I wonder, why the man is running. what is he afraid of, i don’t know.

        • Victoria

          @Dan you are right @Okoyo you are wrong. Good president should be sensitive to National crisis issues like this weather written or verbal and act quickly.HOS thought Buari is sensitive that is why she thinks he will act whether she put it in writing or not. I’M a supporter of Buari but now he is pulling his own name in the mud by not acting on time to a very important national issues that bothers people like this.

          • oyoko

            Victoria, Professionals acts and play by the rule, i am taking this away from the narration to advise you. unprofessional conduct will take you no where on the ladder, it will only abort your dreams. The first law of professionalism is to apply the rule and stick to policy, anything outside that will bring you problem, even though your actions were for the betterment of the organization; auditors will frown at it and slaughter you. Pls wherever you find yourself play by the rule. I think our Hos knows better, and if she has played according to your line, then she don’t merit that position, she should be seconded to obi & sons enterprises, where there is not office rule or regulations.

          • Passionate about Nigeria

            Is it professional conduct to re-instate and horrors, PROMOTE someone who has absconded from his duty post for more than 3 years?!

          • oyoko

            Passionate, i am not looking at the leave of absent; the fact remain that wherever Maina take this case to, he will win, because of the rule of fair hearing. The decision did not consider this when it was applied. What the Management would have done is to suspend him, place his salary on hold, wait for him to take the management to court, then turn the case against him. But because of our impunity decadent then, we damned everything and show no respect for each other, now this is the backlash we are seeing.

          • Passionate about Nigeria

            My brother, you are not talking law. Which fair hearing?? These are
            criminal proceedings. When you are charged with a crime, you are expected to appear in court to defend yourself. The trial still continues and he has not been discharged and acquitted. Again, when you say “what the Management would have done is to suspend him, place his salary on hold, wait for him to take the management to court, then turn the case against him” – nothing you say makes sense. There are two legal issues here – don’t confuse the two. One is the employer-employee relationship: there is no normal organisation/institution where you can disappear for 3 years and expect to be re-enstated and promoted. It is an aberration. Two is the matter of the criminal proceedings against him – the only way to get out of that is 1) for him to be discharged and acquitted by the court or 2) for the AGF to enter nolle prosequi in his favour. NONE of these have happened so what are you saying? Please don’t bring sentiments into this matter – this is strictly rule of law and adequate internal controls and proceedings. It’s not about what you feel. You need to travel outside Nigeria, get some exposure.

          • oyoko

            passionate, firstly, let me correct one thing you need to know: when you make contribution in public discuss like this; don’t ever say, “you are not making sense” just state your point. Everything in life make sense, even the little ants. I believe every law stand on fair hearing, for you to question fair hearing, i don’t understand you. If you take time to read my reply, you will read that i have said that the dismissal of Maina was based on absconding and not criminality, which i believe is a civil case. therefore, fair hearing is key here.

          • Passionate about Nigeria

            First of all Oyoko, let me apologise for the offensive statement and thank you for your maturity and good-natured disposition. I was wrong. Secondly I did take time to read your response and would say that as a lawyer, it would appear you mixed up the issues. The dismissal of Maina falls under employment law and the right of employers to terminate the employment of absconding staff. This is done everywhere in the world. There is no organisation that will not dismiss an employee who absconds for 3 months not to talk of 3 years. As for fair hearing, Maina ran away and refused to come and defend himself – indeed he is still on the run as we speak so where does the fair hearing come in. He never even challenged his dismissal. What he did was challenge the arrest warrant which was pursuant to criminal proceedings and not pursuant to any employment disciplinary process. Malami, our mixed -up and misguided AGF then gave a severely flawed legal opinion saying because the arrest warrant has been set aside for whatever reason, the dismissal is invalid. There is no court or government that can foist a willing employee on an unwilling employer so Malami had no business as chief law enforcer of the government to become chief law enforcer of Maina. The damage this one half-baked, incompetent lawyer has done to our legal system will be appreciated years from now when we start having Presidents and governors who never took part in elections but took part in party primaries becoming president/governors in future basing their right on the Kogi imposter Bello’s precedent.

          • oyoko

            Passionate, thank you for your feedback. I am not a lawyer, but yours have given me better understanding of the issue, thank you.

        • Factsayer

          Am not interested in memo and only interested in the scam and who knew what. Buhari knew and kept quiet bcoz of his nepotism and cronyism

    • Factsayer

      Memo or no memo Buhari knew.
      There is no memo from HOS reinstating Maina. Buhari and his corrupt team bypassed HOS and used organisations headed by their fellow jihadists

      • Gary

        You dey mind them? They are desperately grasping at straws in order to exonerate those responsible for the Maina conspiracy.
        Did Ibe Kachikwu not write a memo to Buhari that went the same way as he efforts to get an audience with the President? What happened then? Mallam Abba Kyari sat on the memo like he had blocked any meeting. It took the leaking of Kachikwu’s memo before the man was granted his perfunctory meeting with the man who empowered Baru’s insubordination at NNPC.
        Now they tell us that HoS should have written a memo rather than find a chance to verbally alert the Buhari about the shenanigans of his inner circle. Oyo-Ita should have written a memo to the President that would have had to go through Abba Kyari before the sickly Buhari was ever aware of it much less read its true contents.
        Instead the smart woman made the right choice of bypassing the Kyari roadblock to talk directly to the President. For this she is now being pilloried by regime apologists.

        • So oju abe niko

          just wrote a response to Uzoma John on this thread, using your quote from 9 days ago, without permission, but i made a proper attribution.

          • Gary

            Be my guest, anytime. Thanks.
            We will go down fighting for true democracy and justice in Nigeria; no matter whose ox is gored.

  • Frank Bassey

    It’s scandalous; the Presidency has to recover from the shock before cooking up a response. So, wait for Alhaji Shehu Garba and Pastor Femi Adeshina. They are experts at such tricks. They will soon come up with a BLAME game that would nail the Head of Service. They will argue there was no documentary evidence.
    For those asking what Buhari’s response was, you don’t seem to understand our President. He cares not and will never bother about how you feel of what you think because to him, impunity is mark of strength. Will a President who made Anti-corruption a plank of his election campaign, have to be reminded about the implications of such an administrative suicide?

  • dan

    President Buhari’s fake “mr integrity, anti corruption” image has finally been revealed! I was never fooled anyway.

    • chinedu

      I was among those fooled because of Tinubu’s schemes.

      • forestgee

        Sorry

      • Gary

        I salute you for the courage to own up to a mistake. Now as Jesus said go henceforth and sun no more.
        God bless.

  • Maitama Tambari

    She didn’t expose the President but herself because the President is not a desk officer. The directives were to complied with the Industrial Court decision which he did but the execution of the civi Service Rules and Regulations is the responsibility of the Head of Service.

    Where is the memo the Head of Service sent to the President on Maina? What did she say in the memo and what Mr. President told her in her meme? It is after reviewing her memo that one can conclude that she expose the President if his reply to her was to return Maina into the Service.

    Head of Service should own her failure in running the Office of the Head of Service as it should be done

    • Factsayer

      Are u from another planet?

      • chinedu

        Possibly the guy is part of them who knew that the Abacha family did not steal a dime and just last week part of the loot still got back to Nigeria.

      • Gary

        No, just defending his kinsmen in government. That’s the Nigerian way: tribe above principles. Judgement based on sentiments and not facts. Na my brother, right or wrong.

        • grand maze

          Rightly said

    • GbemigaO

      Welcome back from your deep slumber

  • realist

    All indications have proved that the allegations is true against Buhari. 1. Silence means consent, or the presidency is thinking about the lie to tell, because when you lie once, you need bigger lie to cover it up. 2. We now have two witnesses that truly the presidency is in the known, the family of Maina mentioned it and now head of service has corroborated it.
    As to the delay in the head of service informing Buhari does not remove anything because the two ministers involved are direct eyes of Buhari, seeing them pursuing a matter is enough to conclude that they are pursuing Buhari interest and more so, Buhari was not surprised according to HOS memo.
    Our president is only playing fast games with the rest of us thus difficult for him and will remain so to do anything against the two ministers.

  • chinedu

    This is obviously a high power socio political intrigue. The HOS must have known that and decided to approach with caution by sounding off the president. The people who will claim that this is outside the civil service bureaucracy may be genuinely blind in this regard. It is like my secretary informing me that another staff was stealing my money verbally. My reaction to the information will be the strongest indication to my secretary what I intend to do. Meanwhile let us not forget that the acting president was on the saddle for most of the period in which this abracadabra took place. So what does he know about it? Let me state again that this magic is not too complicated. Maina harassed the 7th senate with dss. Maina was redeployed to ministry of interior that oversees dss. The attorney general loves to work and even do bizarre things with the DSS. The minister of interior prefers dss operatives as not just guards but also shoe shiners. How complicated is this riddle? I hope we won’t soon see old men start dancing naked at the market square.

    • Timothy

      Lol….you have a way of putting it….it may seem so but then again one would ask to what interest does Maina have with the DSS? Is he their informant, colleague, staff, or just another errand boy…in this world nothing goes for nothing and there’s a heavy game play here….Buhari must have been informed and counter-informed by those in the presidency. Like you said if your secretary alerts you of something and your deputy counters it…who are placed in a delima on who to truest or work with….basically your deputy would act on your behalf but the whole thing is centered on you eventually…because secretary would say I told you so and deputy would say it was for the best interest. Maina is being aided by some people high up in govt….can they say up till now the man is a ghost and still granting interviews and calls….go to youtube and see his videos and audios.

  • Uzoma John

    PremiumTimes you guys should try harder. How come Oyo-Ita didn’t make an official report of this Maina reinstatement when it was done earlier this year but just decided to have a “side talk” with PMB on 11th October when the bubble busted. Why was the VP who acted in the President’s absence not informed or hinted by Oyo-Ita? Everyone should tarry. The truth will come to light in no time. You guys are trying very hard to discredit PMB who means well for Nigeria. I hope this fake stories won’t be recanted soonest. Still watching as events unfold.

    • forestgee

      Even Minister of State for Petroleum could not see the President, and you expect HOS to see him easily. PMB appear to be part of the CABAL from what we are now seeing. Nepotism reigns

      • Uzoma John

        But it ended up he saw the VP who was acting then and who actually approved the NNPC contract you guys accused PMB of. So what point are you making? Why didn’t Oyo-Ita lay same complaint to Osinbajo while acting as President? Conjecture won’t help you guys.

        • forestgee

          Help who? PMB knew the evil plot; he needs help!

        • grand maze

          Nothing will ever make Osibanjo initiate such plot. What will VP gain from reinstating Maina? It is bizarre to imagine such. In order to exonerate your buhari, you can think and say anything

      • grand maze

        PMB is not part of any cabal, he is the cabal itself.

    • Moneyz N Horseyz

      Stop trying to defend a basket case! The request for Maina’s reinstatement came through the official communication channel of Buhari’S government so it was clearly done on Buhari’s orders. Don’t make it seem like she reported the AGF because she thought Buhari was not aware, she only warned Buhari of the consequences of his order to reinstate Maina.

    • Chuma Anierobi

      Did it happen or not is the question.

    • Arabakpura

      You cannot cover this Pregnancy no matter how hard you try!

      • Mufu Ola

        This proverb applies to you specifically!

        • Arabakpura

          You are a mufu or a mugu whichever applies better!

    • GbemigaO

      Even if PMB shoots someone on live television , you will deny it . Well done sir. The issue is that the buck stops as his table and even if he does not know about the issue , he should hold people that knows responsible

    • Nnamdi Ugwuadu

      You exhibit high level of bias each time you try to take side with this government. You would have equally denied that SFG did not commit any crime had it been that the president did not sack him. You have been known in this platform to be a supporter of evil. May God help you!

      • Uzoma John

        I don’t care about your SGF who has been sacked and awaiting prosecution. You guys should take it easy. PMB is an honourable man. He has done no wrong yet on this issue. Oyo-Ita is highly educated and should have acted more officially than claiming she warned PMB on 11th Oct when Maina’s reinstatement she was privy to happened months back. Pity you guys.

        • Okokondem

          So the problem as far as you are concerned is protocol and not the appearance of impropriety or malfeasance? “PMB is an honourable man.” What informs this emphatic assertion?

        • Nnamdi Ugwuadu

          Save the pity for yourself.

    • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

      When will you return to planet earth ?

    • grand maze

      Why are you still on the wrong side of history? This government is corrupt through and through both morally and financially.

      • Uzoma John

        Your innuendos.

    • So oju abe niko

      Dear Uzo,
      An excerpt from a comment from @Gary on this same PT (9 days ago) seems an appropriate response to you:

      “Somehow a lot of Nigerians seem unable or unwilling to assign responsibility to Buhari for his actions or personnel choices. Why is it so hard for folks to see the man for who he truly is? If some guy finds Buhari on top of his wife, he will say the man was only doing push-ups but his own wife crawled under him.”
      Ref: @Gary, “How AGF Malami, Dambazau masterminded Maina’s recall” PT, Oct 23, 2017.

    • So oju abe niko

      Dear Uzo,
      I am completely non-partisan. I am not anti-Buhari, and I am not against him for loosing election, unlike some. On the contrary, I contributed to his campaign in 2 elections (in 2011 and 2015). Interestingly, I did not want him to win in 2011, yet I contributed my hard earned money because I wanted a good opposition and a fair fight. Similarly, I don’t care for PDP, but I didn’t like the disarray in the party and was very happy when they began to get their act together recently. A strong opposition is a critical aspect of multiparty democracy, otherwise tyranny will reign. This long intro is to ensure that I separate myself from the crowd of routine anti-PMB.

      Now to the issue, there is nothing to report to the President when the memos were flying back and forth. That was a process that was not worth reporting until it came to fruition. Besides, there were at least 2 men in the president’s kitchen cabinet involved – these are men who are much more closer to the president and could have been acting on behalf of the PMB. However, when the process came to fruition in late September, she did not like the outcome, and she stepped up essentially to protest to the President, and she really didn’t have to do that. And when the bubble eventually burst, PMB tried to play his usual saint by requesting an explanation from the only “innocent” in the whole business, as if he had not been pre-warned. Kudos to this lady again for leaking her response to the president, because they would just sit on it. And I believe that the only reason we know about this “katakata” in the first instance is because her office leaked it to the press. She warned the president, who did nothing about it, and she decided to use the press. I know they would be trying to get rid of the lady now, but she has wisely used the public as her shield.

      • Uzoma John

        That is not the right way to do things. She warned the President? How? After FEC meeting of the 11th Oct when Maina was reinstated many months back. What are you guys not saying? Why didn’t she warn Osinbajo who acted as President for months in PMB’s absence? After the news of Maina reinstatement broke out that’s when a senior public office holder like Oyo-Ita remembered to warn Mr President in an informal manner. Haba. Ejikwam ogu o. I think something is wrong here. You guys should go back and wear you thinking caps. She did not write PMB officially, she did not write Osinbajo who was acting as President officially. She did not even tell Osinbajo un-officially all these months these things were happening. Just yesterday she claimed she warned PMB. I dey laff una.

  • forestgee

    The fact that the accused Ministers are still in this government appear to be the confirmation that PMB knew about the reinstatement of Maina. So much lies and propaganda in this government

    • Moneyz N Horseyz

      The order to reinstate Maina came from Buhari that’s why he can’t sack them. Just the way the FG is suing Sen Misau for allegations against the Police through the AGF, the government reinstated Maina through the office of the AGF on Buhari’s orders.

      • Powerlessconscious

        For instance, the Head of Service didn’t say what Mr. Buhari’s response was when she warned him about the Maina affair.
        President Buhari

        Secondly, Mrs. Oyo-Ita said she first learnt of the scheme as far back as February, but she also didn’t say why she had to wait until October 11 to verbally mention the matter to Mr. Buhari. Based on a narration prepared by the Federal Civil Service Commission, Mr. Maina was reinstated on September 28, indicating that Mrs. Oyo-Ita only raised concerns after the suspicious reinstatement had been concluded…

        • Moneyz N Horseyz

          When Shehu Garba and Femi Adesina make statements on behalf of the the presidency, for example the sacking of the grass cutter, does anyone need to write to Buhari to confirm the story? The president simply restored Maina through the office of the AGF. Mrs Oyo-Ita only gave the public this bit, I’m sure if she’s called upon by the Senate, she will wax lyrical completely.

  • Arabakpura

    The reason why the woman didn’t react since February was that at the time that the President was seriously indisposed, nobody was sure whether he had the presence of mind needed to rationalize bad behaviors!

    • Moneyz N Horseyz

      She didn’t report to Buhari, she only warned him of the consequences of his actions. She was 100% convinced the order to reinstate Maina was from Buhari so it was not a matter of reporting the AGF but warning Buhari of the consequences of his order. The AGF only carried out the order from his principal.

      • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

        This is simple logic and common sense……you nailed it but there are still naysayers who believe Buhari was not aware , those are the stubbon flies ready to go with the corpse into the grave…as the saying goes.

      • Powerlessconscious

        For instance, the Head of Service didn’t say what Mr. Buhari’s response was when she warned him about the Maina affair.
        President Buhari

        Secondly, Mrs. Oyo-Ita said she first learnt of the scheme as far back as February, but she also didn’t say why she had to wait until October 11 to verbally mention the matter to Mr. Buhari. Based on a narration prepared by the Federal Civil Service Commission, Mr. Maina was reinstated on September 28, indicating that Mrs. Oyo-Ita only raised concerns after the suspicious reinstatement had been concluded..

        • Moneyz N Horseyz

          When Shehu Garba and Femi Adesina make statements on behalf of the the presidency, for example the sacking of the grass cutter, does anyone need to write to Buhari to confirm the story? The president simply restored Maina through the office of the AGF. Mrs Oyo-Ita only gave the public this bit, I’m sure if she’s called upon by the Senate, she will wax lyrical.

      • Factual Bob

        I can’t say it better than you. Buhari knew about everything from the conception to delivery.

  • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

    The propaganda and lies have hit a dead-end and the cabal must be consulting their dictionary of lies and mass deception in a desperate bid to cook up a new lie .

    NOTHING MUST HAPPEN TO THAT HONOURABLE LADY. SHE IS BRAVE ENOUGH TO REFUSE PLAYING THE FALL GUY LIKE THE VP DID FOR THE CABAL DURING THE CONTRACT RAID AT NNPC .

  • Nnamdi Ugwuadu

    He that goes to Equity with dirty hands must surely return to his home with iniquity. When you claim that you are fighting corruption when you are fantastically corrupt what else do you expect? This not hate speech for your information.

  • Africa

    It wasn’t enough that she mentioned it verbally, what has happened to ‘official correspondence’ in the C-service? Our dear aunty Ngozi would have documented everything.

  • grand maze

    I had known all along that this level of decision to recall Maina and deactivate security agencies on a known fugitive from the law can only be taken at the presidential level. Buhari is culpable and has outplayed himself this time. This is one scandal too many which has officially signaled the death of Buhari government and anti corruption stance.

  • thusspokez

    Presidential spokespersons, Femi Adesina and Garba Shehu, declined comments about Mrs. Oyo-Ita’s

    Chineke! Femi Adesina and particularly, call-a-spokesperson Garba Shehu is media shy? I can understand their difficulties: It can be difficult defending a boss who is a serial liar, dishonest, and gives refuge to crooks in his government.

    Nigerians who once trusted Buhari must now be struggling with their conscience. Can they afford to continue to trust him having betrayed their trust many a time?

  • Moneyz N Horseyz

    Blaming the Head of Service for not informing the President in writing is similar to writing President Buhari, asking if he’s aware of what the presidential spokesmen, Garba Shehu or Femi Adesina said on behalf of the presidency. The AGF only carried out the orders of his principal.

  • thusspokez

    For instance, the Head of Service didn’t say what Mr. Buhari’s response was when she warned him about the Maina affair.

    What he said in response would make no difference. It would be: ‘she said, he said’, unless there is record of it. And being the liar that Buhari is, he would deny it and give his attack-dog Garba Shehu the nod to attack and insult Mrs. Oyo-Ita.

    • Powerlessconscious

      For instance, the Head of Service didn’t say what Mr. Buhari’s response was when she warned him about the Maina affair.
      President Buhari

      Secondly, Mrs. Oyo-Ita said she first learnt of the scheme as far back as February, but she also didn’t say why she had to wait until October 11 to verbally mention the matter to Mr. Buhari. Based on a narration prepared by the Federal Civil Service Commission, Mr. Maina was reinstated on September 28, indicating that Mrs. Oyo-Ita only raised concerns after the suspicious reinstatement had been concluded.

      • Paul

        The president knew his response when he was informed about Maina by the HOS. It was needless for her to put that response in her memo to the President thru the office of the Chief of Staff.

  • thusspokez

    Revisiting the recent comment of Mr. Sagay in defence of his boss Buhari

    “Maina: Buhari’s critics ‘extremely unreasonable’- Sagay”
    PremiumTimes October 28, 2017 by Hassan Adebayo

    Mr. Itse Sagay, has said the anti-graft war of the administration is “pure”

    ”Mr. Sagay said critics were being “extremely unreasonable” and desperate to find fault.”

    Mr. Sagay continues: “Maina escaped out of this country under Jonathan. When he was sneaked back into the country, did Buhari know about it? The first time he [Buhari] knew he ordered that the man be dismissed and arrested.”

    Mr. Sagay faulted the demand that the Interior Minister, Abdulrahman Dambazzau and the Justice Minister, Abubakar Malami, be fired for their role in the recall.
    “…He [Buhari] is not going to fire anybody without getting all the sides. Do you know he [Buhari] even wrote the Head of Service?…said Mr. Sagay.

    Mr. Itse Sagay should now issue an immediate public apology to the Nigerian people whom the had called “extremely unreasonable”. Or perhaps PT may want to sought his comment on this latest revelations.

    • Ijeuwa

      “Mr. Itse Sagay should now issue an immediate public apology to the Nigerian people whom the had called “extremely unreasonable”.
      Based on what? Based on a purported verbal exchange between Oyo-Ita and Buhari?

      • Malik

        It is not ”purported”, she included the said verbal exchanged in the memo to Buhari’s chief of staff en route to the President himself. So there’s nothing ”purported” about it.

        • Ijeuwa

          Really? Was it a monologue or a dialogue? I’m asking because she’s loudly silent on what the president told her during the purported verbal exchange.

          • Malik

            ”…she’s loudly silent on what the president told her during the purported verbal exchange.”

            That’s irrelevant in this context.

            She responded through the chief of staff to a President that knows what he told her in return.

            It was a response to a query not a press conference; that the memo leaked is rather unfortunate.

      • Otile

        You are the same Buhari worshiper who exonerated Babachir insisting that Babachir did no wrong because according to you a laborer is worthy of his pay. Now you are at it again, against insisting that Buhari must not fire Maina because you claim that Oyo and everybody else is lying. To crown it all, you, woman leader1, and Bunmi have been praising Imam & shouting in public – sai baba, sai oyoyo, sai man of integrity, death will never touch you our President!

        • Ijeuwa

          I never said a word about Babachir.

          And, in any case, Buhari is not Babachir, in case you’re confusing the names.

          Now, if Oyo-Ita is indicting the president, she better have a water-tight evidence, not he said, she said.

          • Otile

            But you will take the bullet for Imam Buhari. Wouldn’t you?

          • Ijeuwa

            Move on and find your level. I’ve not time for foul language.

  • Ijeuwa

    “Mrs. Oyo-Ita said she first learnt of the scheme as far back as February, but she also didn’t say why she had to wait until October 11 to verbally mention the matter to Mr. Buhari….Also, considering the civil service culture of written communication, Mrs. Oyo-Ita was expected to have formally notified Mr. Buhari of her reservations concerning the reinstatement. Administration officials told PREMIUM TIMES it was appropriate to verbally mention issues to the president during meetings, but it is usually done as a follow-up or a passing reminder about a pending written request. If there was any written communication between Mrs. Oyo-Ita and Mr. Buhari before the scandal broke, she didn’t specify in the memo.”

    This goes to the heart of the matter. Mr Oyo-Ita also needs to come clean, instead of playing the blame game.

    Nigerians also need to hear from the president himself on the roles, if any, he played in the unfolding scandal.

    This is a moment in which silence cannot be golden.

    • Tare Daniel

      How many months did Buhari spend in London this year and when did he fully return to work?

      • Ijeuwa

        That is immaterial. The VP was fully in charge. The president handed over to the VP before leaving. Besides, Buhari was in the country from 10 March 2017 to 7 May 2017. Where was Oyo-Ita all that while? Again, the president came back to the country on 19th August 2017, where was Oyo-Ita all that time?

        • Tare Daniel

          Are we talking about the same President even a cabinet minister (Kachikwu) couldn’t access? Or the acting the President who was just a figure head while Buhari approve NNPC contracts from his sick bed? Bro, this is Nigeria under APC, some people are simply above the rules and Maina dined at their table.

          • Riltin

            Period.

        • okenwa

          Lauretta onochie I guess.

  • Mentus

    Buhari was meant to be outed by God’s doing. The fact that the HoS did not ‘warn’ him earlier on is neither here nor there. If Buhari had acted immediately after the warning by quietly removing him, I am sure the case would not have seen the light of day. Any mention of it afterwards by any whistle blowers would have been ‘unverifiable’.
    We need more of these expositions before 2019 elections make our decisions of who to vote for.

    • bobisa

      That’s true

    • Riltin

      Buhari, the pretender, was all along in the know. There’s no way the duo of the AGF and his collegue at internal affairs could’ve pull this off without the consent of Mr. President.

  • thusspokez

    Secondly, Mrs. Oyo-Ita said she first learnt of the scheme as far back as February, but she also didn’t say why she had to wait until October 11 to verbally mention the matter to Mr. Buhari.

    In fairness to Mrs Oyo-Ita, she might well argue that she needed concrete proof — not suspicion, rumour or gossip — to convince the president (and everyone else) that Maina had been actually reinstated.

    • chinedu

      Put it together yourself. How many days has the president been in office in that eight months?

      • bobisa

        And what happened to the acting President if Mr. Buhari was not available?

        • chinedu

          That is the right question. Can the vice president who was acting for the president for a long time within this period claim ignorance? And if so,was he in charge then.

        • Riltin

          Remember the V. P. was only “coordinating government affairs”. So, Buhari, as it appears, was running the show from his sick bed.

        • okenwa

          He was sidelined the Hausa Fulani way.

      • thusspokez

        What has your comment got to do with my comment?

        • chinedu

          You asked why she did not bring up the issue before now. Do you think the president within that period had the presence of mind to articulate or understand such serious issues of government?

          • thusspokez

            You asked why she did not bring up the issue before now.

            Obviously, in your imagination. Show me where on this forum I had asked…

          • chinedu

            With your permission”but she didn’t say why she had to wait until October 11 to verbally mention it to mr Buhari”. I only pointed at a possible direction.

      • okenwa

        Good question bros.

    • Riltin

      Exactly, you don’t just go up to Mr. President without first doing a thorough research on the issue.

    • okenwa

      And for the fact that the president is always on medical tourism and could not be reached. Did osinbajo actually an acting president of nigeria during this scam and his name was not seen in the screen.

  • Ijeuwa

    OYO-ITA IS BEING CLEVER BY HALF
    Oyo-Ita knew what was happening as far back as February this year, but didn’t say or do anything to stop it, except what Nigerians call chop and clean mouth. After the deal became public, she claimed to have told the president ‘verbally’ of the consequences of what she knew was happening under her very nose, since EIGHT MONTHS!!! Would she have said anything if the deal didn’t become public knowledge? Your guess is as good as mine.

    Can she please go the whole hog and tell us what Buhari replied to her, verbally, after she told him on the 11th of October? We’re in the realm of rumor here, aren’t we?

    Claiming that Buhari was implicated is like claiming that he was also implicated in what the DSS was doing with the Magu Senate confirmation.

    May be Buhari is implicated, but it’d be naive to base that speculation wholly on what Oyo-Ita has said.

    • Paul

      Do you think Oyo Ita will say she told the president about the reinstatement if she never did when she is a member of the same govt? Do you think a woman of that status will deliberate set out to lose her job by lying against the president? Do you sincerely think or believe that the woman expected her memo to the Abba Kyare would be leaked to the public? Cut some ‘slack’ for that woman. I believe that the memo got leaked to the public in the office it was sent to. That what the govt should look at.

      • Ijeuwa

        Oyo-Ita isn’t working for Buhari. As a seasoned civil servant, she has to rely on written evidence in such weighty issues. She cannot come out here and tell us that she ‘told’ the president about it. That’s being mischievous.

        • Riltin

          Let’s assume that you are right, why is Aso Rock keeping mum about her claim?

          • Ijeuwa

            In which country are you living?

          • Riltin

            What has where I live got to do with this matter?

          • Ijeuwa

            In that case, in what planet are you living?

          • okenwa

            In the zoo.

    • tuby NY

      If writing a memo is supposed to be the civil service norm or way of communication within the gov’t though — WHY DIDN’T SHE WRITE ONE TO PMB INSTEAD OF SOME CLAIMED SIDE CONVERSATION WTH MR. PRESIDENT? Because she must’ve known that this is a huge unusual and an embarrassing situation that was about to take place. Why some side mere conversation that PMB can even claimed ignorance of today hmmm?

      Mrs Oyo-Ita didn’t handle this ONE logically AT ALL!! But Mr. Buhari aids (mainly Dambazzi n Malami) are to be blamed here and not this lady. Because they were both directly implicated in the matter. I wanna wait and see how PMB handle this before i blame him for any role in it.

      • Ijeuwa

        Malami, Dambazzau and Oyo-Ita all have some explanations to do for the people.

        Oyo-Ita knew exactly what was happening and chose instead to look the other way, for reasons known to her alone, only to come back eight full after, to cry foul.

      • okenwa

        Always wana exonerate your president even if he is caught fucking your wife.

    • Nkem

      “Can she please go the whole hog and tell us what Buhari replied to her….” So, in your opinion, what could the president have said in reply to the Head of Service?

      • Ijeuwa

        You can only speculate, and I’m not ready to do that.

  • bobisa

    Yet Mr President couldn’t refute the claims, too bad really!

  • Moneyz N Horseyz

    When Shehu Garba and Femi Adesina make statements on behalf of the the presidency, for example the sacking of the grass cutter, does anyone need to write to Buhari to confirm the story? The president simply restored Maina through the office of the AGF. Mrs Oyo-Ita only gave the public this bit, I’m sure if she’s called upon by the Senate, she will wax lyrical fully
    .

  • Okokondem

    Ever wondered why a man would be so doggedly obsessed with becoming president that he contested in 4
    consecutive presidential elections in 16 years, as Buhari did at his age? Incidentally, many Nigerians misconstrued this rabid obsession as dedication to solving the country’s many problems and therefore voted him to office. Unfortunately, evidence has shown since Buhari became president 2+ years ago that his motivation to become president was, in his mind, to return the North to glory. It should be no surprise to any Nigerian that the North truly believes it is their birth rite to rule the country in perpertuity. This fact is evident in key cabinet appointments in his administration, and the federal government in general. If you have doubt, read the following piece, a profile in Nepotism, written by one Dr. Junaid Mohammed, a fellow northerner.

    Buhari: Nepotism
    Smelling All Over Nigeria – By Dr. Junaid Mohammed

    “Let me say straight away that whether one calls it a cabal or a mafia or power within the presidency under Buhari, whatever you say it is; it is, and a lot worse. First, the most influential person in the presidency today is one Mamman Daura whom as you know, is a nephew of the president. His father was Buhari’s elder brother. In addition, Mamman Daura was the one who single-handedly brought up Abba Kyari, the current chief of staff to the president.
    In fact, Abba Kyari knows Mamman Daura more than he knows his own father.

    “Next, the personal assistant to Buhari himself is the son of Mamman Daura, next is the State Chief of Protocol (SCOP), and is also a son-in-law to Mamman Daura because he is married to Mamman Daura’s daughter.

    Next, the minister they unilaterally chose, against the interest of the party and against the wishes of Sokoto people, happens to be the daughter of the younger sister of Mamman Daura’s wife. Both of them are daughters of Sultan Dasuki, who was sacked by General Abacha. We have the aide-de-camp to Buhari himself, Colonel Abubakar. He is married
    to the granddaughter of one of Buhari’s elder sisters.

    Next we have the woman who represents Kaduna in the Federal Executive Council, she is a cousin to Kaduna State governor, Nasir el-Rufai. It is a well known that el-Rufai is one of the closest governors to Muhammadu Buhari.

    “Next, we have the Minister for the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). The Minister of the FCT is the man called Musa Bello, who used to be the Managing Director of the Northern Nigeria Development Corporation, which used to be the biggest holding company that belonged to all the northern states. His only qualification to be the FCT minister is the fact
    that his father has been Buhari’s friend over the years.

    Now, there is a young man called Sabiu Yusuf, nicknamed Tunde – probably because of the late General Tunde Idiagbon. He is another PA to President Buhari. He is also a grandson of another sister of Buhari.

    “This is enough to prove to you that this is shamelessly the worst form of nepotism in the history of government in Nigeria. In fact, in the history of Africa, let me make bold to assert that I have never seen any level of nepotism that has equalled or surpassed this in my entire life – I am now in my 67th year. Another thing I also want you to know is
    that Amina Zakari, who was and is still a national commissioner in the Independent National Electoral Commission representing the entire seven states in the North-west; it is being claimed that Buhari knows nothing about her appointment (before he became the president), it is a lie.

    “When President Goodluck Jonathan was reorganising INEC and he was bringing in Prof. Attahiru Jega, he reached out to Buhari and asked him to nominate somebody from the North-west so that, that person would be a national commissioner. Of all the people in the North-west, Buhari decided to nominate his own niece, the daughter of his elder sister – Amina Zakari. She has been there; when Jega left, Buhari was determined to make her the chairman, it was because of the massive backlash that he dropped the idea like hot potatoes. As we are talking today, that woman is a national commissioner which means she is one of the principal members of the election umpire.

    “Throughout my reading of history, political science and social sciences generally, I have never heard of any dictator or any tyrant under any system of government whether totalitarian or fascist, appointing his own niece to conduct elections in which he was either a party or going to be a party to; Buhari has done that.

    The immediate younger brother to Amina Zakari is currently the Minister for Water Resources representing Jigawa State in the same Buhari government. In addition, even though they are from Kazaure, Kazaure is contiguous to Daura. The eldest sister of both of them is now the Commissioner for Education in the All Progressives Congress government in Jigawa
    State. If this is not nepotism, then I don’t know what nepotism is.

    For somebody who had the guts and the brutal arrogance to appoint these relations, not bothered about public opinion, about the sense of justice, and about competence, then you can see that he has a very serious question to
    answer.”

  • 360°

    @TheCraftedOne:disqus;

    Premium Times should quit worrying if
    President Buhari could deny his October 12th conversation with Mrs Oyo-Ita, the
    Head of Service, on the illegality of reinstating Mr. Maina as a Director of
    Nigeria’s public service whilst in his current status as a wanted fugitive on
    INTERPOL red alert.

    Premium Times should also quit worrying over what President
    Buhari said to Mrs. Oyo-Ita in reply after he was notified of the said
    illegality. Truth is whatever President Buhari said in response, if any, is not
    decisive or relevant to the issue of presidential malfeasance at hand.

    President Buhari
    is under a strict duty to know the illegality occurring inside his own
    government, regardless if Mrs. Oyo-Ita reported any illegality verbally or not.
    President Buhari’s duty to know in law does not depend on Mrs. Oyo-Ita’s report;
    as if it is the prescribed one or the exclusive way for President Buhari to acquire
    information of ongoing illegality inside his increasingly ramshackle government.

  • Otile

    I am glad these revelations came after Imam went to England and got healing otherwise Nigerians would not fast and pray for him, perhaps he would still be critically ill lying supine in that London hospital.

  • Nkem

    Premium Times should be very careful here not to be seen to be trivializing the issues or even trying to divert attention from the real issues. If the president was informed about the plot to bring Maina back and he failed to act, then there s real suspicion of omission or commission in this matter. What he may have said in reply to the Head of Service is of little consequence compared to what he did or failed to do. if the president was warned that two of his very powerful minsters were plotting to circumvent due process and he failed to reign them in, Premium Times should not be seen to be making excuses for him. The issue is not why the HoS waited for eight months to inform the president but what the president did or did not do when he was informed.

    • Moneyz N Horseyz

      Just the way the President announced the sacking of the grass cutter through his spokesman, Femi Adesina, Buhari’s government filed a case against Sen Misau for false allegations against the Police force through the AGF. Therefore, there’s no doubt whatsoever that the AGF only carried out his principal’s order to reinstate Maina. If we do not need to ask Buhari to confirm the sack of the former SGF, why then does Mrs Oyo-Ita need to inform Buhari of the AGF’s actions to reinstate Maina when he was only performing his assigned duty by the president?

  • Mark M

    Wolf in sheep’s skin – confirmed!

  • Mizch

    Nigerians have been cheated without knowing. In all these scandals, it appears that Buhari is not aware that he is unaware.