National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has known as for fast suspension of individuals suspected of complicity in reinstating Abdulrasheed Maina, former Chairman of Pension Task Team, into civil service.
NANS’s President, Chinonso Obasi, inside a statement on Sunday in Abuja, stated this could ensure credible probe of the scandal.
Obasi stated revelations emanating from government circles, specifically in respect to breaches of service rules, insubordination, allegations and counter-allegations on act bordering, were embarrassing.
“Just lately, a mind-boggling thought is made of how Maina was smuggled to the civil service after almost 5 years of absconding”, he noted.
“The elevation of Maina from Deputy Director to Director with evidence of official exchange of correspondence among government officials is certainly not but make an effort to ridicule the general public image and psyche of Nigerians and also the civil service system.
“As advocates of sane and corrupt-free Nigeria, we make bold to inquire about President Muhammadu Buhari to quickly suspend all heads of commission, extra-ministerial departments and ministries involved with this sour saga.
“The Mind of Service of the Federation, and also the Chairman of Federal Civil Service Commission deserve only immediate suspension from office and probe for allowing themselves to become caught within this web of professional misconduct.”
The NANS president stated that it was subsequently imperative for Buhari to rid his administration of individuals who have been making mockery of his dedication to fight corruption.
He stated that law enforcement and ant-graft agencies must do all they might to create Maina to work under the allegations against him and reveal why and how he came back towards the civil service after absconding for more than 4 years.
“We insist that same measures taken through the presidency within the cases relating to the suspended Secretary towards the Government of the Federation and also the Director-General of the nation’s Intelligence Agency be meted to everybody involved with `Mainagate’.
“This situation ought to be diligently probed and prosecuted and also the report shouldn’t be taken underneath the carpet.
“To this finish, we hereby issue a seven-day ultimatum to the us government to do something and achieve this using the greatest sense of truthfulness regardless of individuals involved and their closeness towards the corridors of power,’’ he stated.
Obasi stated that if no action was taken in the expiration of the ultimatum, Nigerian students would have no option rather than organise a nationwide mass action