By John Okoh
The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has threatened to embark on a nationwide strike on the expiration of seven days if the government fails to heed their call for the suspension of those suspected of complicity in reinstating Mr Abdulrasheed Maina, former Head of Pension Task Team back to the civil service.
Arguing that President Muhammad Buhari was elected partly to rid the country of corruption, Chinonso Obasi, President of the student body said the acts of impunity involved in the reinstatement of Maina cast doubts on the government’s agenda if the case was not handled with the swiftness and justice it deserves. Putting those linked with the case on suspension would allow for impartial an probe, he said.
He said; “Just recently, a mind boggling revelation was made of how Maina was smuggled back to the civil service after almost five years of abscondment.
“The elevation of Maina from Deputy Director to a Director at the Interior Ministry with evidence of official exchange of correspondence amongst many government officials is nothing but an attempt to ridicule the public image and psyche of Nigerians and the civil service system.
“As advocates of sane and corrupt free Nigeria, we make bold to ask President Muhammadu Buhari to swiftly suspend all heads of commission, extra ministerial departments and ministries involved in this sour saga.’’
“We insist that same measures taken by the presidency in the cases involving the suspended the Secretary to the Government of the Federation and the Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency be meted out to everyone involved in the Mainagate
“This case should be diligently probed and prosecuted and the report should not be swept under the carpet.
“To this end, we hereby issue a 7-day ultimatum to the Federal Government to act and do so with highest sense of sincerity regardless of those involved and their closeness to the corridor of power.”
Obasi said that if no action was taken at the expiration of the ultimatum, Nigerian students would be left with no option than to organise a nationwide mass action.