*Gaya’s U-turn on N195bn gladdens my heart
Former Chairman of the defunct Presidential Task Team on Pension Reforms, Abdulrasheed Maina, has re-opened arguments on his innocence over the alleged plundering of N195 billion from recoveries made by his committee. This followed the recent decision of the House of Representatives to probe what happened to monies recovered from alleged pension thieves lodged with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
Speaking in an exclusive interview with www.gongnews.net in Abuja, Maina said members of the task team deserve an apology from the Nigerian Senate for smearing their names and particularly from Senator Kabiru Gaya for telling lies against us and from the Federal Government for concealing the facts about the matter, even when they were aware the task team members were innocent.
Maina said, “my case was more grievous as none of the members of my team suffered any form of public odium like me, having been singled out for persecution because of the lies told about him by the senator, for which he was forced out of his job and maligned severally over an issue that never existed.
“I was singled out and I suffered so much as a result of the false allegations,” he insisted.
According to Abdulrasheed Maina, ”it is really sad that the same man (Kabiru Gaya), who told the whole world that I stole N195 billion has come out to say that the money is intact in Buhari’s TSA account in the CBN. I would have insisted that he must pay for destroying my character, integrity and the loss of my job. I was being haunted all around and people who had confidence in me thought otherwise of me, I leave all to God,” he lamented.
Senator Kabiru Gaya along with another senator Aloysius Etuk had allegedly misguided the Nigerian senate into destroying the character of Abdulrasheed Maina and his team members.
Reps will get our cooperation: Abdulrasheed Maina said he is happy with the House of Representatives’ inquisition to what happened to the monies his team left in the CBN will further help expose the cabal we fought while doing our work.
Abdulrasheed Maina, who said “the truth about the whole pension saga was gradually coming out. Let’s wait for the inquisition. I am ready to appear and cooperate with them.
According to the former PRTT boss who was declared wanted by the EFCC but quashed by the same magistrate court in Abuja, said it is about time that the nation should revisit the pension probe and set the records straight.
“I had written the Senate to take a second look at the pension probe to finally strengthen that sector for the benefit of our frail pensioners. The judgement delivered in my favour against the Senate pronouncement not withstanding. I have been maligned, shot at, psychologically traumatised, denied my due entitlements, hounded for serving my country diligently. If this is the reward for serving one’s country, I fear for Nigeria because it would be hard to find men of integrity and courage to serve honestly. It’s unfortunate.