From ISMAIL OMIPIDAN, Kaduna
Less than 24 hours after the Senate asked President Goodluck Jonathan to fire the embattled Chairman of the Pension Reform Task Team, Dr. Abdulrasheed Maina, the embattled Maina, spoke from his hiding yesterday, alleging that the pension cabal was after his life and not just his sack.
Before reaching Maina on phone yesterday, sources in his office had told Daily Sun that the task team boss hadmaintained a low profile, shortly after he was declared wanted by the police, on the instruction of the Senate.
One of the sources said: “If you recall, the last time he appeared at the Senate, security was provided for him. But as we speak, all the guards have been completely withdrawn and the seeming involvement of the Senate and the police in the alleged plot to get at him at all cost, is a further indication that it will be suicidal for him to show up or even appear in the public for whatever reasons.
And it has further shown that the cabal after him has infiltrated the police and the Senate. “But here is a man, through whose effort, over N200 billion was recovered and saved for the country, among many other achievements. The records are there for all to see,” the source added.
Daily Sun also gathered that most of the staff members of the office had since taken cover, following reports that the police might arrest all of them, since it had been unable to arrest Maina. Speaking from his hiding yesterday, embattled Maina told Daily Sun that “I am fast losing confidence in the country called Nigeria.
Imagine, I have suddenly become a villain for saving the country billions of naira, being stolen daily by pension thieves. “I’m saddened, demoralised by the whole mess. It is baffling that the hunter has become the hunted. It is simply ridiculous. How can one continue to fight for the country and the poor pensioners, when the system is so rotten to the effect that the thief catcher is being branded as the thief ?
“Already, I have gone to court to redeem my name, save my team, with a view to go further to expose the big names behind the cabal. But with what I have seen so far, I doubt if Nigeria is worth dying for,” Maina added.