Abdulrasheed Maina, the embattled former Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms, has again spoken from hiding and appealed for a chance to reveal top secrets to President Muhammadu Buhari.
In a new video exclusive to Channels TV, Maina insisted that he was innocent of the allegations preferred against him and alleged that threats have been made on his life and his family.
While appealing to Buhari to give him an opportunity to “prove his innocence”, the fugitive also declared an interest in appearing before the house of reps ad hoc committee probing his reinstatement into the civil service.
Maina also alleged that many of those around the president were insincere. Hear him:
“Thank God our president stands for the truth, the unfortunate thing is that some people around him whom he has given trust are lying to him; this one I can attest to and I can give you instances, I can give you documentary evidence.
“I’m appealing to you Mr. President, there are so many things people are not telling you; when I get to that public hearing I will tell you some things that nobody ever told you Mr. President because I never had the opportunity to sit down with you.”
Maina said he recovered a lot of money for the government of President Goodluck Jonathan and even the current administration, adding that if given a chance, he would help Buhari get N3 trillion within three months.
“I recovered money for the last administration and I recovered money for this administration.
“Most people may not understand this but let me explain this to Nigerians because I want the truth to be told and I want Nigerians to understand the truth and know what is going on in Nigeria.
“Listen, I am not afraid of anybody, I am saying the truth. People portray themselves as if they are saints around the president; it’s a lie, they are not. We recovered as a team, N282billion cash. Aside from the N282bn, we were able to bring information and caught 43 pension suspects.
“They have threatened me, they have threatened my lawyer, they have threatened my brother, sister; they have threatened us all that I will be killed.
“Mr. President, I will give you information and documents that will fetch you over N3trillion now in Nigeria, give me nine months. Within the first three months, I will show you N1trillion just like I showed you N1trillion in this 2017.”
Watch the video below:
Maina was dismissed from office in 2013 after he was accused of being involved in a N2.1 billion pension fraud. He was declared wanted by the EFCC and also INTERPOL.
In October, Maina made news when he was reinstated and promoted as a director in the Ministry of Interior despite the fact that he is currently on the run. President Buhari ordered that he be dismissed from the civil service and an investigation be carried out as to how he was reinstated into the service.
In the meantime, the League of Patriotic lawyers has called for the resignation of the Attorney General of the Federation, AGF, Mallam Malami Abubakar over Maina’s reinstatement.
Chairman of the group, Abubakar Yesufu called on President Muhammadu Buhari to rescue the anti-corruption crusade by showing the AGF the door. His words:
”The league wonders why it took this long for the Attorney General and Minister of Justice to name and shame the beneficiaries of pension scam. As the chief law officer of the federation, Malami owes us a duty to reveal the list of this pension scam. For refusing to reveal the beneficiaries of this humongous crime against our helpless pensioners, the Honourable Attorney General has not done well.
“Not the reference to Goodluck Jonathan’s complicity which is doubtful nor a reference to a “Lagos Lawyer” who purchased a property validly can assuage our call for the resignation of the Attorney General. Failing to resign, the league advised the President to give him the boot without wasting time.