It has been revealed that former chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms, Abdulrasheed Maina was very powerful and untouchable under the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan that the Senate had to issue a threat before the president consented to his dismissal from the federal civil service.
This was revealed by a former Senate President, David Mark, in a book, ‘Against the Run of Play’, written by the chairman of the Editorial Board of ThisDay Newspaper, Olusegun Adeniyi.
The book provides a glimpse into the power-play between the David Mark-led Senate and the Jonathan administration, as lawmakers mounted a spirited effort to get Mr. Maina sanctioned.
Speaking with Mr. Adeniyi in an interview for the book, Mr. Mark narrated why the Senate had to threaten former President Jonathan before Mr. Maina was sacked in 2013.
The Senate took the step after Mr. Maina ignored several summons to appear before a Senate committee probing allegations of his mismanagement of pension funds as chairman of the presidential task force.
“You know he is a very loud fellow who talks too much,” Mr. Mark was quoted in the book as saying about Mr. Maina.
“He was all over the place, boasting about his connection to the Presidential Villa and kept on bluffing the Senate.”
Maina was busted last week after reports uncovered he had been secretly reinstated by the Buhari administration despite being on the wanted list of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission for years forcing President Muhammadu Buhari to order for his immediate sack.