President Buhari never took photograph with Maina – Garba Shehu

President Buhari
President Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari’s spokesperson, Garba Shehu, on Tuesday explained that the president never took a photograph with Abdulrasheed Maina, fugitive former chairman of the Presidential Task Team on Pension Reforms, whose controversial reinstatement into the civil service elicited condemnation from Nigerians.

In a series of tweets, Mr. Shehu said the person in the photograph being mistaken to be Mr. Maina is Ado Doguwa, the Chief Whip of the House of Representatives, representing Doguwa/Tudun Wada Federal Constituency of Kano State.

“DISCLAIMER: There is a photograph all over the Social Media of President @MBuhari, Senate President @bukolasaraki and Hon. Ado Garba Doguwa Alhassan being mistaken to be the embattled ex-chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms, Abdulrasheed Maina”, Mr. Shehu tweeted.

Clarifying that the said photograph was taken to mark Nigeria’s 57th independence in October, Mr. Shehu said, “Hon. Doguwa represented the Speaker of the House of Representatives at the special Jummat prayers to mark the nation’s 57th year anniversary at the Presidential Villa weeks ago”.

PREMIUM TIMES exclusively reported Mr. Maina’s recall to the interior ministry on Friday prompting condemnation from Nigerians.

The president on Monday ordered Mr. Maina’s dis-engagement from the civil service a‎nd an investigation into how he was recalled.

Although the report was sent to the president on Monday evening, he is yet to comment on it.

Mr. Maina was declared wanted by the anti-graft agency, EFCC, in 2015.

Screenshots from Twitter


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  • Bright Henry

    Wailers where the ones spreading falsehood.

    • Bassey Frank

      The “falsehood” should not bother you. What should bother you is how a saintly President allowed such a terrible scandal happen under his watch. We now know who the Wailers, Moaners and Pretenders are.

      • Bright Henry

        Even my Lord Jesus couldn’t stop Judas from betraying him.

        • share Idea

          Are you now comparing God with Buhari…did Jesus not explain why Judas is allowed to do what he did. Please can you explain to us that Buhari knew about this scandal and why he allowed it to happen if you must use that example.

          Ask you again to please stop debasing our argument next time by comparing lying and vindictive RULER Buhari with our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

          • Whalerolex

            Unfortunately we have many Christians open their mouth not knowing they are an embarrassment to the religion. I am not surprised you will not get a reply from Bright. They are the people I refer to as “It is well” group

      • 1MASK01

        Do you seriously believe that the President should know about a posting of A common assistant Director in the federal civil service? such things do not get to his table. There are people appointed to handle various responsibilities on behalf of the government, if they failed in that then the President has the responsibility to take action against them.

        • Whalerolex

          The action expected from Clueless Buhari is not just firing the Maina but also getting rid of all those involved in the sham recall. Will anything happen, time will tell because we (Nigerians) are very nice and believe in forgive and Forget. Maina will contest in the next election for Borno state governor and most likely will win. I am enjoying this Social media series. Seems to be topping the chart.

        • Bassey Frank

          “He said the President Muhammadu Buhari administration facilitated the
          return of Mr. Maina to Nigeria so as to assist in its change agenda.”
          THIS IS WHAT MAINA’S FAMILY HAS SAID.

        • Julius

          Do yourself a favour, do not waste your precious time on some morons that should know better. Maina can come out tomorrow and announced that Buhari has nothing to do with this issue and they will curse him out and call him a liar. They might top it by saying that Buhari had paid him off to lie. It is what It is…let them be.

      • Julius

        He had already instructed that the man be fired when he became aware of the crap that somebody under him did .So why are you saying that he allowed it to happen ?

        • Bassey Frank

          “He said the President Muhammadu Buhari administration facilitated the
          return of Mr. Maina to Nigeria so as to assist in its change agenda.”
          THIS IS WHAT MAINA’S FAMALY HAS SAID.

          • Julius

            Of course you believed them … It fits your narratives…right ? Act like you are educated sir !. Evan’s family said he is a successful business man…you believe them too ?

  • Bassey Frank

    Shehu Garba, we don’t want any distraction on this matter. Nigerians are waiting for your own explanation because most of the characters involved in this matter are from Borno State,

    • Passionate about Nigeria

      The litmus test is this: If Malami, Danbazzau and Daura are left in their positions or quietly handled then we will know the Buhari has nothing good planned for Nigeria. But even if he does remove them, this has tarnished him permanently. At worse he is a hypocrite. At best he is an incompetent head who cannot manage his portfolio. Either way, he clearly cannot do the job. May God rid us from the current crop of politicians and raise up a true leader for us by 2019.

      • Whalerolex

        Is there anything like litmus test in Nigeria politics? NO.
        Clueless Buhari has practically failed in 99% his campaign promises so he is proven to be incompetent.
        Lastly who are our options to replace Mr Buhari in 2019, Atiku, Fayose, Thiefnubu, Rochas Okorocha, Ameachi…. This has nothing to go with God, we are completely finished in Nigeria. Chikena!

      • Otile

        What if despite all these crookedness Imam Buhari wins big in 2019?

        • Julius

          Then we will respect the voters and the constitution… IF the election is free and fair.

      • Bassey Frank

        Bet me; NOTHING, repeat, NOTHING is going to happen to those thieves. What happened to Babachir Lawal? A heartless man who raped the poor IDP inmates of over N200m? What happened to Ayodele Oke, who statched $43m dollar – cash – in his Ikoyi apartment? What happened to those who claimed that the President signed NNPC financial documents while on sick bed? Do you know that a 40-year-old banker was promoted from Executive Director in the morning; and in the evening she was appointed Deputy CBN governor (because the rules says you can’t be Deputy CBN governor if you are below Executive Director in a financial institution?

        • Passionate about Nigeria

          My dear brother, I am loathed to believe it but you are probably right….nothing will happen. Na to start to pray that the Almighty will intervene in this matter as He intervened when Abacha was getting out of hand.

  • Factsayer

    Saint Buhari is not in control of his government and he can only work with his trusted corrupt relatives. I will leave you to analyse him and make your judgement

  • thusspokez

    President Muhammadu Buhari’s spokesperson, Garba Shehu, on Tuesday explained that the president never took a photograph with Abdulrasheed Maina…

    What exactly is the fuss about? President Muhammadu Buhari regularly takes photo — chatting, joking and laughing — with Saraki, whose own corruption and transgressions make Abdulrasheed Maina look like a saint.

    • Julius

      Well, what do you expect from the Buhari and the government can’t do anything right crowd ? It’s their calling!!.Don’t be surprised to be reading that they are both from the North and they must have known each other. We deal with frivolous craps instead of the crime or the issues.

  • Mufu Ola

    I’m curious about all these Maina thing.Let Nigerians hear his own side of story because I understand d man is running from some mafia. I expect at least one or two of Nigeria’s reputable media house to get his story.We shouldn’t be hoodwinked!

    • Otile

      What are you talking about? You have been told that the Presidency is hiding him, yet you want him to come out of hiding and grant an interview to the press. Don’t you know that everybody with good conscience will be incensed, even APC zealots will come out en masse to stone Aso Rock for deception?

  • obiora

    So if Buhari did never took photgraph with Maina no problems, he can do that now but Buhari Must Go. Buhari must Go with all who knows that Maina is Back in Nigeria. The Tyrant and His Government Must Go.