‘Monster Maina’ is one of Jonathan’s numerous messes — Presidency

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

The Presidency on Wednesday said the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) had no moral right to level any accusations against the current government in respect of Abdulrasheed Maina, the embattled former head of the presidential team on pension reforms.

In a statement sent to PREMIUM TIMES, Garba Shehu, the senior special assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, described Mr. Maina as one of the monsters created by the former PDP government, and which are still rearing their ugly heads long after the Party was soundly defeated in the 2015 elections.

“Over and over again, the President Buhari government has pointed out that the administration’s greatest problem is the mess left behind by the previous government. Maina is just one more example,” he said.

Referring to document records from the investigations that led to the disgrace of the former pension boss and his being declared wanted by the EFCC, Mr. Shehu noted that Mr. Maina was not the only top member of the former government involved in the multibillion naira pensions scandal, but a man warmly ensconced in the bosom of power.

“Top officials in the PDP government, from sectoral heads, to those charged with responsibility for law and order received some of these billions of naira from Maina,” the presidential spokesperson said. “We have all the transaction records and these are matters that the EFCC has been pursuing to ensure that they all have their day in court.”

Mr. Shehu hinted that some influential officials loyal to the previous government may have been the invisible hand in the latest scandal that saw the return of Maina to the public service, despite being on the EFCC’s wanted list. He, however, assured Nigerians that President Buhari was determined to get to the bottom of the matter of the impunity that led to Mr. Maina’s reinstatement.

“Everything will be uncovered in due course,” he said. “This just goes to show us the scale of corruption that this government is fighting. And, as we can all see, corruption keeps fighting back viciously.”


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  • emmanuel

    This show that Buhari and his cabal are complete nicompoops.
    Haaaaaaa, i would not imagine this stup*d statement from the President’s sokes person. It is all over that Buhari, Lawal Daura, Malami and members of their cabal worked assiduously to bring Miaina back.
    The simple question the fo*l called Garba Shehu must answer is: Did they now that the EFCC seized close to 100 properties including fillings stations from Maina?
    If yes, every stup*d statement made by Garba is a confirmation that he is a compound fo*l, because if he is more fool*sh than assume close to 140 million Nigerians are fo*ls.
    Maina’s younger brother has clearly stated it to the shame of Buhari. There is a wave of dementia in this APC/Buhari government

  • Aminu Baba

    But Garba Shehu, your boss too is disorganized, unco-ordinated and sluggish in selecting and marshaling his forces to confront the challenges of fighting corruption. For instance Maina has been acknowledged by DSS to be in town “for some time now”, why is EFCC just waking up to do the needful? Is it eye service or they are also complicit in the @MainaGate?

  • obiora

    Now that APC has accepted Defeat. When will the Tyrant leave Aso-Rock Old people´s Home. A Tyrant from a Crooked Tribe. Nothing good can ever come from him. Where is Alaye Mohamed the misinformation Minister and Asiwaju Thiefnubu.

    (Integrity Group).

  • Anonymous

    IsJonathan also reaponsible dor the monsters in your own government? Oh i forgot, there are no momsters, everyone is dling excellently well, there is no need to replace or re-shuffle anyone? THE XTERISICS OF APC CHANGE AGENTS ARE; LIARS, THIEVES, CORRUPR, DISHONEST, UNDERACHIVERS, DECEIVERS, ETC ANYONE WHO WUL TRUST SUCH A CABAL FOR 8 YEARS TO MANAGE OUR COUNTRY NEEDS RO HAVE HIS HEAD EXAMINED

    • Otile

      They know they will not make it for 2nd term, that’s why they are not making haste to loot everything on sight.

  • Factsayer

    It is now obvious that APC is govt of fraudsters, forgers and scammers with no shame

    • Alex

      The only thing that will save this fraudulent government is to quicky officially create a ministry of lies

      • David Puff

        Funny one….

      • Agba

        The man in aso rock is not real Buhari,they are fooling us

  • marcos avelino

    Nigerians suffer a lot from historical amnesia. This man was dining and wining with Jonathan , sharing the loot until the noise became unbearable before he was smuggled out of the country in 2014. Some spoilers brought him back so as to smear Buhari who on hearing the case in the media immediately ordered his sack from the civil service.

    • Factsayer

      Stop that mumu defence. Are u ok?

    • Anonymous

      U are correct, it is PDP thieves that gave Buhari thieves to appoint and surrlund himslef with, amd it is PDP thieves thst are preventing Buhari from replacing or re-shuffling them, it is PDP thieves that makes Bhari defend, excuse or cover up for them, it is PDP thieves that awarded $2%B contract, it is Pdp thieves that awarded multi billions for aso rock clinic but it lacks syrings and paracetamol,iot is PDP theives that are making the reports on Babachir and Oke gathering dust, u are corrsct, Buhari surrounds himself with PDP thieves that are working against his government and trying to ruin an integrity that Buhari never had.

      • Otile

        You floored him, and he has nothing else to say.

    • Otile

      You are a soothsayer. Where does your marabou live? Oluwa ma je

    • The facts

      Are you now saying that the AGF is working against Buhari, his principal?

    • Saka Pena

      Your story is credible except that the only spoilers we now see are the President’s own men – AGF Malami and the DSS

    • Alex

      It seems the handlers of this old president and their few supporters thinks we Nigerians are weak in mind and body like Buhari?

    • sab

      Point of correction, Maina ran away in 2015 when EFCC arraigned Orosanya and others. Now who smuggled him back? AGF and his cohort Dambazzau. They never expected Nigerians would find out. Who promoted him, PDP/GEJ or APC/Buhari? Next you will say Amaechi was a creation of PDP/GEJ! Late Audu Abubakar was being tried over N11bn he allegedly looted. But despite APC Kogi chairman admitting it and begging people to vote him as governor so he can pay it back after APC embraced him and handed him their ticket for the governorship election. Same was Timipriye Sylva in Bayelsa. Now Orji Kalu has become a saint after joining the APC following court sessions with EFCC over alleged billion Naira loot. Jim Nwobodo became a saint immediately he was fingered for allegedly receiving N100m from Dasukigate. Now he has become a leader of the party of saibts in the South East. Tomorrow if the wind blows, Garba Shehu will preach to his guillible fellows these people including Amaechi were creations of PDP/GEJ. What an irony!

  • Factsayer

    Monster created by PDP but embraced and glorifled and unleashed by APC.

    Shameless APC govt. Lies have expiring date. We are seeing una real colour


      youb have said it all

  • Bassey Frank

    Alhaji Garba Shehu, you have no shame. You should be wearing a mask, to cover your rotten self. The truth will finally emerge. I just hope that what we are seeing in the social media is not true. That somebody approved Maina’s reinstatement and is now claiming he was misled. Shame to all of you, especially you Borno Mafia.

  • Bigtin

    Ha APC ……what a shame

  • Infoezone Infoezone

    Oh no! It just can’t get more shameless than this. How can a govt spokesperson say this kind of thing? Are you sure that buhari has not really been cloned?

    • emmanuel

      I am feeling same way. What we are experiencing is unimaginable.
      It is very possible, because the man in the Villa just says nothing. He seem not to know anything about Nigeria. So everyman is doing what they like.
      Is the real Buhari still alive or dead?
      There are two set of Government in Nigeria now. The Bornu clan led by Kyari and Katsina clan led by Mamman Daura.

      • Julius

        No, the real Buhari was arrested in NY by your new biafraud saviour…Trump !…Right ?

    • Julius

      By telling the truth ? That pension money was shared by the pdp big men and women thru Maina.. Pensioners died as a result of that scandal without being paid. I bet you have conveniently forgotten that. Why do you think he ran to Dubai ? What’s wrong with the spokesman reminding us ?

      • Mayo

        is that the issue being debated? The question was – how was Maina brought back into the country and reabsorbed into the civil service?

        Also how come you conveniently forgot that Maina was sacked and declared wanted under the same GEJ administration that you are blaming?

        • Julius

          That’s what we should all be asking the government..how the hell that happened but, until then, we must also stick with the truth. Right ? What the spokesman said is the truth. All that happened under Jonathan and the money was shared among the pdp.. that is a fact.

          • Really

            You will soon totally deny ever being a Sai Barbaaaarian.Then you will only be left with lots of unanswered questions.

          • Mayo

            In the same respect, the fact is – the same GEJ decided to prosecute the man.
            There are 2 parts to corruption. 1) You try to prevent it. 2) If it still happens, you charge the person to court. And this is what happened under GEJ in the case of Maina.

            Still, that boat has sailed. The spokesman is simply trying to divert attention.

          • Julius

            Did he prosecute Diezani, Oduah and Dasuki ?

      • rules_emmanuelO.

        Are you for real? I’m not even going to dignify you with the appropriate response.

      • Really

        Lone soldier Buhari Media Centre (BMC) Sai Barbaaaaaarian.
        What a pitiable situation you are in now .We warned you it will come to this point.


  • Mizch

    Stupidity of incumbents is always to blame the past regime, without knowing that those past mistakes brought them to power.

    • government

      Bros, i feel you.

  • government

    What exactly is Garba Shehu saying.Are the ministers in this government GEJ’s men.My people say when a woman does not know what to tell the husband, she will say that a rat licked salt in the house.This outing by Garba Shehu is outrageous.

  • Okpewho David

    GEJ is no longer there. Who is now in control? GEJ or PMB? Stop all these blame games and do your job

  • Someone

    buhari is fighting back. we need to know who were involved. they should withdraw support from buhari until we know.

  • Someone

    so agf malami is working for the pdp????? hahahahhah

  • Agba

    GARBA SHEHU spare us with this BULLSHIT STORY,you think all of us are stupid?Buhari and apc are caught pant down.

  • Solomon Brown

    Slowly but surely sinking, the go to move becomes throwing everything they can lay hands on and wait to see what sticks. This is a test on the resolve of those sane minds, who want a better country than they met for their children……… To the good men on both spectrums of the political divide, it is time to put away partisan differences and ensure the right thing is done, if the executive will not do the needful,it is up to the other seperate but equal branches of government to see to it, that Malami and Danbazzau face the full wrath of the law, 2019 is just around the corner, Buhari too can be shown the door.

  • Someone

    this is called damage control. if you now maina is a mess, then the agf should have sent him to the efcc.

  • thusspokez

    “Top officials in the PDP government, from sectoral heads, to those charged with responsibility for law and order received some of these billions of naira from Maina,” the presidential spokesperson said. “We have all the transaction records and these are matters that the EFCC has been pursuing to ensure that they all have their day in court.”

    What is the amateur spokesperson saying? Is he saying that he is privy to transaction records held by the EFCC? This would be in violation of Nigeria privacy law, stúpid!

  • thusspokez

    “Top officials in the PDP government, from sectoral heads, to those charged with responsibility for law and order received some of these billions of naira from Maina,” the presidential spokesperson said. “We have all the transaction records and these are matters that the EFCC has been pursuing to ensure that they all have their day in court.”

    Off Topic! This man is trying to deflect the issue. This important issue being debated nationwide is the re-appointment of Abdulrasheed Maina — appointment made possible by two Buhari’s appointees, namely the AGF and minister of Interior.

  • thusspokez

    Mr. Shehu hinted that some influential officials loyal to the previous government may have been the invisible hand in the latest scandal that saw the return of Maina to the public service

    The AGF and minister of Interior who brought fugitive Abdulrasheed Maina back into government are Buhari two top appointees. So what has this got to do with the PDP?

    Nigerians should be questioning Buhari’s poor judgement in appointing these two crooked men who have brought disgrace to the government.

  • Lanre

    I said it a couple of days ago and Garba Shehu just confirmed. It was Goodluck Jonathan that gave this idea to Malami, Daura, Kyari and Dambazau. Even if nobody acknowledges me, I know I am a Genius, with a big G. As Bashorun M.K.O Abiola said so eloquently – Bi a j’oba, a j’eba. Yorubaland will be free.

  • Oneness Ernest S U

    I can’t believe someone paid with tax payers money at that high capacity as a presidential spokesman said this! It is quite unfortunate that APC still believes that anytime they mention PDP and Jonathan as corrupt government we will applaud them. This man has just confirmed Jonathan’s assertion few days ago that Buhari’s government is a government of propaganda!

  • Sword of Damocles

    Ok, so why was he given a DSS security detail when he was surreptitiously allowed to re enter the country by President Buhari’s DG of DSS Lawan Daura. Secondly when was the security detail withdrawn and WHY? Why was he given a security detail?

  • 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, CJN over to you!
    “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!

    • dpfrank

      Shut up you foulmouthed pigg without regard for constituted authority

  • Mizch

    Whenever you type garba, there appears garbage. And all garbages stink!

  • Phire 511

    Buhari do not control this government, let’s forget it… this moron is claiming that somebody that is not in power now (GEJ) have power over who is in power (PMB) ? are you guys not tired of saying one thing since you guys entered power? the blame game is too much, there is nothing like anti corruption government, this is the most corrupt government ever since 1960.

    • dpfrank

      Stop lying against FG

  • Charles

    Where is liar balogun? water don pass garri.

    • aisha ani

      Liar Balogun is speachless.