Dambazau as Interior Minister played no role in reinstating Maina, Perm Sec claims

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The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Interior, Abubakar Magaji, on Wednesday delivered a shocker to members of the Senate ad-hoc committee probing the scandal involving fugitive ex-Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms Abdulrasheed Maina.

Mr. Magaji told members of the committee that the minister, Abdulrahman Dambazau, played no role in the reinstatement of Mr. Maina into the ministry, more than four years after he was dismissed from the civil service.

PREMIUM TIMES reported the roles played by Mr. Dambazau and the Justice Minister, Abubakar Malami, in the controversial reinstatement of Mr. Maina; which was eventually reversed by President Muhammadu Buhari.

According to the permanent secretary, the minister neither saw nor received any mail in the process of the controversial reinstatement. 

Mr. Magaji said he, and not the minister, was in the best position to answer questions on the issue as all correspondences were received in his office.

The Senate committee comprising chairmen and vice chairmen of committees on Interior, Judiciary, Anti-corruption and Public Service Establishment, was tasked to determine the circumstances surrounding Mr. Maina’s return to the country and how he was reinstated to the service and promoted to the position of director after dismissal.

The committee had invited heads of the Ministry of Interior, the Federal Civil Service Commission, the Head of Service and other governmental agencies involved in the reinstatement of Mr. Maina.

Mr. Magaji told the investigative hearing that the minister was not the official to quiz on the issue for which he was invited.

 “In a ministry, there are responsibilities. The minister is in charge of policy direction while the permanent secretary’s office is in charge of establishment matters, which we are discussing today; and all correspondences to the ministry were sent to perm sec directly and not to the minister.

“The minister has not seen a single mail related to Maina in his office or directed any action other than the perm sec’s office. That’s why I feel I should be here to assist even though I wasn’t in the ministry when this thing happened.”

He explained that the minister was unable to appear before the committee due to late communication of change in date as he was attending a council meeting.

The lawmakers, however, rejected Mr. Magaji’s prayer to stand on behalf of his boss.


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  • Decimator

    Dambazau played no role, Mohammadu Buhari had no knowledge and played no role, Abba Kyari also not, Daura not at all, Malami could not have known, EFCC was at sleep, Idris could also not have known, Oyo-Ita has reconciled with Kyari and could also not have known.

    And a Fugitive “Maina” came boldly into the country, reinstated himself , payed himself with state funds under the watch of all these men and their parastatals, who now have the guts to even deny knowledge of that or playing any role at all,meaning confirming their nonchalance and laxity to duty.

    Then dissolve the government and the country entirely with immediate effect, for there is now total loss of control.

    Anarchy, Chaos and total confusion has established itself.

    Period

  • Gary

    Maina was reabsorbed into the Interior Ministry promoted to the rank of Director and paid a whopping N22m in salary arrears without the knowledge of the Interior Minister, who didn’t have to sign or approve any of these KEY decisions in the ministry he supervises?
    C’mon Oga Perm Sec, surely you don’t believe yourself and your tall tale to defend the indefensible. Stop insulting the intelligence of the Nigerian people.

  • Agba

    These criminal Buhari led govt,Nigeria is in trouble,is clear to all Nigérians why BABANGIDA kick Buhari out of govt in 1984/85.Buhari handed Nigeria to ABBA KYARI because he did not know JACK.

  • government

    Na wah.”government magic”

  • FirecloudOFGOD

    ““The minister has not seen a single mail related to Maina in his office or directed any action other than the perm sec’s office. That’s why I feel I should be here to assist even though I wasn’t in the ministry when this thing happened.”

    Mr. Fall Guy, what are you doing then when, according to you ” I wasn’t in the ministry when this thing happened.”

    So who was involved? Is he still alive? Are there any records, memos?

  • thusspokez

    “The minister has not seen a single mail related to Maina in his office or directed any action other than the perm sec’s office. That’s why I feel I should be here to assist even though I wasn’t in the ministry when this thing happened.”

    Shot me instead says the fóólish permanent secretary.

    Mr. Magaji is clearly not very smart and is bringing the role of the permanent secretary into disrepute. I am just wondering how he was persuaded by Abdulrahman Dambazau to take the bullet for the latter.

    If Mr. Magaji was responsible for the things he now accuses himself, why had he not spoken out last month, when Abdulrahman Dambazau had accused Mrs Oyo-Ita, the Head of the Civil Service of being responsible for reinstating the fugitive Maina?

    Further, and subsequently, why had he not spoken out to defend his master, Mr. Dambazau when Mrs Oyo-Ita, in response to Mr Dambazau had in turn accused Mr. Dambazau of masterminding the reinstatement of the fugitive Maina?

    • FirecloudOFGOD

      these people are experts at putting their foot in their mouth! I wish they even tell “sensible” lies!

  • Lanre

    Thank you Mr. Magaji for confirming what we already know. Nigeria is not a third world country. Nigeria is a fifth world country.

  • Intrepid

    DAN BANZA, always looking for ways to squeeze himself out of every hot soup. A minister who doesn’t know what is going on within his ministry. Tell that to ZOOLANDERS!

  • Frank Bassey

    Anyone can spew any volume of rubbish he likes. Our pretentious President takes the entire blame because the buck stops at his table and, above all, he KNEW about Maina’s reinstatement.

  • Netanyahu

    Nigerians deserve everything they get from this satanic administration. Anyone expecting anything to come out of these scandals needs to have his brains reset by a blacksmith. This is worse than a banana republic. Shame.

  • Liberty

    Desperate and futile damage control campaign, Mr Perm Sec.

  • Conerned Nigerian

    Dambazau played no role, Mohammadu Buhari had no knowledge and played no role, Abba Kyari also not, Daura not at all, Malami could not have known, EFCC was at sleep, Idris could also not have known, Oyo-Ita has reconciled with Kyari and could also not have known.

    NIGERIA! NIGERIA!! NIGERIA!!! When are we going to STOP deceiving ourselves and telling ourselves lies!!! These are LIES! LIES!! LIES!!! LIES!!!! LIES!!!!! LIES!!!!!! LIES!!!!!!!

    • ACTION MAN in ACTION

      Its a confirmation of what Luggard said in his assessment of “Africans of this race-type” … that “he lack sense of veracity. He loves power but lacks sense of responsibility” . What more can we say? 90% of African leaders are a disgrace and that’s why Africa will never change for the better. All we need to do is to try and be happy for the time you will be here on earth and so your best. The evil men in power will not change. Their chilser will be worse. Its not a curse but a reality.