Foremost lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN) Sunday urged President Muhammadu Buhari to speedily mete out appropriate sanctions on all the government officials who allegedly conspired to bring back and reinstate Abdulrasheed Maina, former Chairman of the defunct Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms.
Falana noted that this was necessary in order to save the Buhari administration’s anti-corruption agenda, the credibility of which he said had been eroded by the Federal Government’s handling of the scandal so far.
In a statement titled ‘President Buhari should act with dispatch on Mainagate’, Falana said that the officials who aided Maina back to the country and paid his arrears of salaries and allowances said to be about N22m “deliberately set out to subvert the anti-corruption policy of the Buhari administration”.
He observed that all officials culpable in the scandal “conspired to expose the administration and the nation to such avoidable shame” and sanctions imposed by the President on them would make or break the administration’s “fight against corruption and impunity”.
He stated, “Although the Federal Government has promised not to sweep the Mainagate under the carpet, the handling of the monumental scandal so far eroded the credibility of the anti-corruption crusade of the Buhari administration.
“Therefore, the sanctions which the Federal Government will mete out to all the officials who conspired to expose the administration and the nation to such avoidable shame will make or mar (sic) the fight against corruption and impunity which is the cornerstone of the domestic and foreign policy thrust of the administration.
“Time is certainly not on the side of President Buhari!”
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