Chairman of the Presidential Anti-Corruption Advisory Committee (PACAC), Itse Sagay, has branded those criticizing President Muhammadu Buhari’s handling of the scandal involving Abdulrasheed Maina, former chairman of the defunct Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms, as “extremely unreasonable”, arguing that Buhari had done enough, and blaming former president Goodluck Jonathan for allowing Maina to escape the country in the first place.
Sagay said critics of the president were just were only desperate to find fault in Buhari’s anti-corruption crusade regardless of how genuine it was.
“People who are determined to find wrong will find it no matter how pure the situation is,” said Sagay on Saturday.
He continued, “Maina escaped out of this country under Jonathan. When he was sneaked back into the country, did
Buhari know about it? The first time he knew he ordered that the man be dismissed and arrested. What more do you want him to say? I think people are extremely unreasonable.”
Speaking further, Sagay faulted the demand that the Interior Minister, Abdulrahman Dambazzau, and the Justice Minister, Abubakar Malami, be fired for their role in the reinstatement.
Buhari had since Monday received report on the process of the recall from Head of Service, Wilfred Oyo-Ita, but he was yet to act on it, prompting criticisms.
But Sagay argued that, “These are early days. Inquiries are going on to find out the role of everybody. He is not going to fire anybody without getting all the sides. Do you know he even wrote the Head of Service? It is when investigation is concluded, that you start hearing action being taken”.
Meanwhile, Sagay denied resigning from his role as the chairman of PACAC.
“It is absolutely untrue,” he said, adding, “I dey kampe!”
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