Finally, Nigerian official takes responsibility for Maina’s reinstatement

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Former head of the Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms, Abdulrasheed Maina. [Photo credit: juliana taiwo -]

The permanent secretary of Ministry of Interior, Abubakar Magaji, has taken responsibility of reinstating the former chairman of the Presidential Pension Reform Task Team, Abdulrasheed Maina.

In his submission on Thursday to the House of Representatives committee investigating Mr. Maina’s controversial reinstatement, Mr. Magaji said the reference letter made to inform the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Winifred Oyo-Ita, that Mr. Maina had resumed duty was a letter sent to the Federal Civil Service Commission.

“When I observed this upon resumption from sick leave, I quickly replied to the Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Mrs. Winifred Oyo-Ita, apologising to her about the reference letter,” he said.

“But service is an institution, whatever happened in the process of the minutes, the permanent secretary is the head of the administration and I am here to take responsibility.

“Whatever the Interior Ministry has done wrongly in the way the administrative matter has been done to the end of this matter, I take responsibility because I cannot reject.

“I am the permanent secretary, head of administration and I take responsibility for any administrative wrongdoing that Ministry of Interior has done,’’ he said.

Mr. Maina’s controversial recall to duty has been a sore point for disagreement amongst senior government officials who have been busy shifting blames.

The Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Mrs. Oyo-Ita, had earlier said she did not endorse the reinstatement letter.

She said the Ministry of Interior did not wait to get posting directives from her, but went ahead to act on an advance copy issued by the Federal Civil Service Commission.

She insisted that Mr. Maina was not reinstated into the service.

“The Federal Civil Service Commission considered the administrative aspect of the case which is punishable by dismissal and the letter reinstating Maina has not been delivered,” she said.

“Therefore, he stands dismissed and was never reinstated into the service.”


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  • okenwa

    Shameless animals.

  • atakamosu

    But he was collecting his salary and made important decisions in his reinstated position. The only reason he is being sent back to sacked is because of the public outcry. APC as a party and their executive are irresponsible. Maina even up till today has DSS agents protecting him. None of the security services are willing to arrest him because the leader at the top is a mirage. Nigeria is being ruled by a cabal not the Buhari that was elected. Many questions need to be answered in preparation for 2019. What is the nature of Buhari’s illness? What treatment and the response did he receive in London? If he was treated for prostate cancer, what is his current hormone level? How extensive was the surgery? Nigerians need to be informed about the true state of his health, otherwise the cabal will be the true power behind Aso rock. Thus the fraudulent reinstatement of Maina. The question now is why was he not arrested?

    • Chuma Anierobi

      Buhari is a member of the CABAL

      • Otile

        Who else appointed the fraudulent cabal? What kind of change is this fraud?

  • Chuma Anierobi

    The truth is yet to come out. Buhari just picked an escape goat for now.

    • Otile

      They foolishly hope that a fraud of this immense propitiation will just die a away with a frivolous false admission like this. This is the most fraudulent administration one has seen.


    They finally found and convinced a fall guy….lets watch and see how they compensate him.

    Nigeria is presently run like a jihadist caliphate .

    • Julius

      Biafraud is presently run by ipob and kanu is hiding. Shouldn’t you be more concerned with biafraud ?

  • obiora

    The question did not start from who put Maina back to work but First how can He Maina came back to Nigeria with out Police arrest before how he get back to work. Another thing is who is responsible for employment, is it permanent secretary?. Can he the permanent secretary do that with out the Minister or even the president?. As head of service told president why did he not take any action?. Changing to the worst is Change also. There is no way How Fulani Tribe´s Man can be clean.

  • Julius

    lolz, let’s hope this man wasn’t being paid off ..maybe a house in Dubai !

  • Otile

    The party is not over until the fat lady sings. Until Osinbajo takes the officials blame this ugly scandal will not be over. We are all ears.

    • Otile

      …official blame

  • rules_emmanuelO.

    The question now is will this PS be sacked for professional recklessness and incompetence? Cause the alibi doesn’t fly?
    Very shoddy attempt at a cover up!
    Yeye de smell follow Buhari and his 40 thieves!