The family of Abdulraaheed Maina, the former chairman of the Presidential Pension Reform Task Team, has threated to expose the cabal at the presidency that are responsible for the challenge Maina is passing through over his return to the civil service.
Addressing the media on Wednesday in Kaduna, the spokesman of the Maina family, Malam Aliyu Maina, who was flanked by Salihu Maina and Ladan Abdullahi, said the family is worried because the image of the entire family has been tarnished following the sealing of properties owned to the Maina by EFCC and promised to take legal action on it.
They said that Abdulrasheed Maina left Nigeria following threats to his life, only for President Muhammadu Buhari to invite him to come and help his administration.
“You must have noticed the recent attempt by some cabal in the presidency to tarnish the image of the Maina family in the media. Our brother, Abdulrasheed Maina has been blackmailed as a fraudster.
“The cabals have gone to the extent of painting our house in red with an inscription of E.F.C.C under investigation. The EFCC is wrong in their action because Abdulrasheed inherited so many properties from his late father in Kaduna and Abuja, some of them were built before he was born so how could he have acquired them fraudulently.
“The entire family of Abdullahi Maina is categorically stating that our son and brother is not in any way a fraudster, rather he is a messiah who brought reforms into Nigerian Pension Scheme, whose effort saw the disappearance of pensioners roaming the streets of Abuja and other state capital in Nigeria.
“It is on record that Abdulrasheed Maina’s reform put to a stop the fraudulent withdrawals of huge sums from both the Nigerian Pension Board, the Nigerian Police Pension Board etc. Perhaps it is this noble efforts that made him enviable to the present administration when they came into power to convince him to comeback and assist in its “Change” agenda.”
According to the family, the recent actions may have been targeted at not Maina but high above, “we are aware that all this act of calumny is not targeted against Abdulrasheed Maina alone but against the President of Federal Republic of Nigeria and the office of the Attorney General. We have contacted our lawyers Messr Mamma Nasir & Co and instructed them to act appropriately.
“We equally know that Abdulrasheed Maina is in possession of many facts that is against the cabal and interesting to the Nigerian populace, which he will disclose very soon,” the family stated.