Don’t call Maina fraudster, he is a messiah – Family

Abdulrasheed Maina
Former Chairman of defunct Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms, Abdulrasheed Maina[Photo Credit: Buzz Nigeria]

The family of fugitive ex-Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms, Abdulrasheed Maina, on Wednesday rose to his defence, saying he is not a fraudster but a messiah engaged by government to cleanse the Nigerian Pension Scheme.

Addressing journalists in Kaduna, the spokesperson of the family, Aliyu Maina, said the controversy surrounding the fugitive is the handiwork of ‘cabals’ bent on tarnishing the image of the family.

He said the President Muhammadu Buhari administration facilitated the return of Mr. Maina to Nigeria so as to assist in its change agenda.

He insisted that the ‘cabals’ were merely out to tarnish the image of Mr. Maina in the media and that the family was in possession of facts that would expose the motive of the “cabals”.

“You must have noticed the recent attempt by some cabals to ridicule and tarnish the image of the Maina family in the media,” the spokesperson was quoted as saying by Punch Newspapers.

“Where our brother, father, and uncle has been blackmailed as a fraudster (sic). The cabals have gone to the extent of marking our houses with red paints with the inscription of ‘EFCC under investigation’.

“The entire family of Abdullahi Maina is hereby categorically stating that our son is not in any way a fraudster, rather, he is a messiah who brought remarkable reforms into the Nigerian Pension Scheme, whose efforts saw the disappearance of pensioners roaming the streets of the FCT and other states.

“It is on record that Abdulrasheed Maina’s reforms put a stop to the fraudulent withdrawal of huge sums from both the Nigerian Pension Board and the Nigerian Police Pension Board.”

PREMIUM TIMES exclusively reported how Mr. Maina was secretly recalled into the Federal Civil Service and promoted to the post of Director at the Ministry of Interior.

The public outcry generated by the report prompted President Buhari to direct the immediate dismissal of Maina and an investigation of his recall.

A statement by presidential spokesperson, Femi Adesina, said Mr. Buhari had ordered “immediate disengagement of Mr Abdulrasheed Maina from service,” and a probe into the circumstances of Mr. Maina’s return.


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  • FreeNigeria

    “He said the President Muhammadu Buhari administration facilitated the return of Mr. Maina to Nigeria so as to assist in its change agenda.” Thank you Buhari for you ABRACADABRA change. You’ve successfully taken corruption to a never seen level in Nigeria. Thank you Old thief Buhari. Please tell us what you’re doing with money at your old age

  • Fulani Nomad

    Marasa kunya!

  • 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.”
    GASKIYA. MAI GASKIYA.

    • Julius

      He said…just like you saying stuff daily about Buhari..right ? Now, you are believing “he/she” said ?. To be serious, what do you expect them to say when their bread winner thief is in trouble ? Evans family said he is a successful business man…right ?

      • Bassey Frank

        This is the problem with your kind. Can you see how you are trivializing such a serious matter? What has Evans got to do here; he is not from my state. Are you saying that a man who has been around since April, with police providing security to his landed properties in Abuja and Kaduna; with DSS protecting him; he resumed work, wrote promotion exams, passed, got promoted, and a President did not know; no security report to him? Then our president is either not in control. Please, if your brain has not become toxic, do not bring Almajari argument into this issue.

        • Julius

          Me trivializing serious matter ? No sir, you are the one looking for an excuse to justify your already made up mind by lashing on to what a thief family said. Just what exactly do you want them to say ? I’m not saying that this whole saga is acceptable, no, far from it . The people involved should be fired and if possible charge to court for being an accessories to his crime by helping him. No, my brain nasn’t become toxic , I’m just trying to drill senses to your bigoted scull.

        • Biafran 1967

          Julius is as racist as the Klu Klux Klan. Their problem is Pastor Adeboye prophesied to them that a Yoruba man from Redeemed church would be president of Nigeria. They can’t think straight and would back any demon or reptile that they think would bring this fake prophesy to pass.

      • Bassey Frank

        A member of the family is talking, Should I believe you then?

      • persona

        The yeye family said Maina helped the roaming pensioners to vacate the street but what happened is, they didn’t vacate, they died.
        If the famil says Buhari administration brought him back, the question is why are they still talking about pension reform when the man is clearly not in charge of pensions again?
        The bigger question is, why did the rogue ministers bring Maina in while Buhari was ill abroad?
        The gist going round is, Malami was angling to be replace Buhari with the hope the man would never recover and then they needed Maina’s loot, the sad part is Buhari returned and they couldn’t reverse the crime they had done.
        EFCC as i understand leaked this info to PT and the reason is, if Kachikwu letter got Buhari to act and Kyari couldn’t stop it, same will happen here.
        You would notice that SR has no more precideny source because all their source fed them is the ill reports of Buhari with the scheme to have Malami in play.

        • Julius

          No mind dem. Malami should pay for this by being removed as the AG.

    • Otile

      Well, Imam recalled him with good intentions to effect change, unfortunately the chanji became sour, now Imam is disowning his own crook. The devil has taken the hindmost.

    • AryLoyds

      I said it here that only Buhari could have hired this criminal
      Quote the maina family-He said the President Muhammadu Buhari administration facilitated the return of Mr. Maina to Nigeria so as to assist in its change agenda.

  • Someone

    this is a big scandal. i dont know what cabal they are referring to but what else is this administration hiding??

    to bring a wanted person to government, this govt is incompetent from top to bottom.

    what else is this admistration hiding? shekau may be receiving salary from one of the ministries.

  • Wilfred Bankole Ademokun

    Heheheeeeee, truly truly your father, uncle, brother is the Messiah of (THE DORO BANDITS) In Nigeria, he came to not only cleansing, wiping and stealing the whole pension savings of Nigerian workers. Used some of it maybe to finance MRS etc, in petroleum industry, importer and exporter of petroleum products, civil servant, how much is he earning as salary. Shameless fools, bandits talking doro nonsense.

  • Moneyz N Horseyz

    He said the President Muhammadu Buhari administration facilitated the
    return of Mr. Maina to Nigeria so as to assist in its change agenda. The unmasking of the pretentious one is now in its final stage.

  • Akin Falegan

    What Nigerians ordered as in product and package has arrived. Denying wrong doing is the order of the day for the cabal that dominates this government. There is no iota of remorse, but it is not new, whoever is old enough will remember that in the days of N2.8 Billion (Naira’s value then was about 68K to $1) when Buhari was the Petroleum Minister under Obasanjo regime, they claim the money was not missing. Again now $28 billion contract doesn’t exist according to faceless term called presidency. Nothing is ever admitted as wrong under Buhari. Nigerians wanted him, now you product and package has arrived, enjoy it. What an affront effrontery for Maina’s family to try to sanitize their crooked son, but they know the way of Buhari and his cohorts. Can’t do wrong mentality and born to rule mentality goes hand in hand. What a shame.

  • David Puff

    Something amiss in this administration.
    What if the media had not exposed the presence of this fugitive in Nigeria?
    Feelers say he has been back in government since April…..
    This leaves a bad taste in the mouth….

  • Someone

    like oby said, this is one too many. i cant trust this administration anymore. theres a process for these types of things. why are they trying to outmanouevre everything.??

  • Arabakpura

    The man Said that Gen Buhari’s administration brought him back to help them but the thieves are looking for scapegoats!

    • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

      They were all in the deal , from A-Z . The play-acting will run it’s course but nothing will come out of it.

      • Arabakpura

        The fact that we are all aware of it continues to remove every modicum of respect left for Gen Buhari! We are such a lucky bunch to have all these information; they are no longer speculative but real!

        Look at the way Osinbajo lied the other day in onitsha, but because the people said they will monitor it, he came back to say the misinformation was inadvertent! We are making progress in checkmating these office rogues!

  • Isyaku Muhammad

    Waiting to hear from Lai,G/Shehu and Adeshina

    • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

      Well, I guess they must be consulting their text-book of lies to know what to come up with.

  • thusspokez

    “The entire family of Abdullahi Maina is hereby categorically stating that our son is not in any way a fraudster, rather, he is a messiah who brought remarkable reforms into the Nigerian Pension Scheme

    Chineke! a fraudster reformists and messiah? A Jesus? How about a Prophet Muhammad?

  • thusspokez

    He insisted that the ‘cabals’ were merely out to tarnish the image of Mr. Maina in the media and that the family was in possession of facts that would expose the motive of the “cabals”.

    I don’t know who Nigerians mean by cabals.

    Anyway, if fraudster Maina‘s family believes that the so-called cabals are evil and dangerous, wouldn’t issuing them threats, get member(s) of the fraudster family killed by the cabal’s assassin?

  • Lanre

    Yorubaland will be free.

    • Dawood

      No shame in Nigerians anymore. This family should be hiding in shame. Hey, if you grew up on stolen money, I guess it’s your duty to defend fraudsters.

      • Lanre

        Nigeria’s structure has been consolidated by fraud. Fraudulent people have ruled and are ruling the country. It is not for nothing they say “when the head is rotten……”

    • Biafran 1967

      Amen. But please consult your brothers who are APC fanatics and dream of Osibanjo presidency hence they would back all evils.

  • MilitaryPolice01

    Wow at this point in time, anyone still advocating this govt is either benefiting directly from it or mentally unwell.They brought the man back and they are now throwing him under the bus like they never had prior dealings with him. How deceptive can one het I don’t know what else to say. Wow wow, simply wow

  • Oneness Ernest S U

    Fellow Nigerians, please go and register and get your voter’s cards if you’ve not done so already. If the National Assembly fails to impeach Buhari we must not fail to massively vote him out come 2019. This man and his cabals are ready to sink Nigeria with them!

  • rules

    Those whom the gods want to kill, they first make mad!!

    In its shoddy attempt at cover up, the sheer desperation, unintelligence, hypocrisy and recklessness of this gov’t. is showing itself!

    If the NASS won’t act, it behooves on the CJN to act! Does it mean we have not even one man of good conscience in the three arms of this gov’t. to say enough is enough!
    “There was a country”; and even this I question!

    This gov’t. continues to insult the collective intelligence and sensibilities of Nigerians! Buhari is a disgrace and a scam!

  • Tunde

    Excuse me Maina’s family spokesperson point of correction, he did what you claimed he did by the prophet Mohammed not “Messiah”

  • Capt Sankara

    That dude called prophet Mohammed, one of the seven thieves of Baghdad, is the Islamic Northern Nigeria Messiah – lol !

    • monnie uwa

      family values, culture, up bringing is lost, gone for ever. The discipline our fore fathers, the works heros past and father left for us is gone. Which way Nigeria. I cry for Nigeria if a family will say this man is a messiah. We willnot have value for generations to come. Pls cry for Nigeria, this is why some call it animal kingdom, zoo

  • ACTION MAN in ACTION

    Their messiah. Our yoke and burden . We will cast them away from our necks. Very soon. By God’s grace. How Nigeria has become a huge shame!