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Ijaw youths urge Buhari to probe Maina’s claims

Ijaw youths on Wednesday urged President Muhammadu Buhari to establish a national judicial commission of inquiry to probe all the allegations made by the former Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms, Abdulrasheed Maina.

The youths under the auspices of the Eric Omare-led Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) Worldwide, said the commission to be headed by a retired judge should among other things determine the veracity or otherwise of Maina’s allegations including the amount of money recovered so far and how it was expended.

Omare, in a statement in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, argued that such commission had become imperative following Maina’s allegations linking top presidential aides to the fraud.

He said the administration which is anchored on the war against corruption, should be bothered that Maina accused top aides of President Buhari of diverting recovered loots.

Insisting that the allegations should not be swept under the carpet, Omare said Maina had succeeded in creating an impression that pension fraudsters were also part of Buhari’s government.

He said: “The IYC is of the view that these allegations are grave, serious and should not be swept under the carpet under any circumstances. It seems from the allegations by Maina that top officials of the Buhari administration are looting recovered stolen funds with lorry on a daily basis.

“In order for the federal government to justify its anti-corruption crusade, it must get to the root of the allegations. Hence, the IYC is of the view that a National Judicial Commission of Inquiry to be headed by a retired judge with impeccable character be set up.”

Omare further called on the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, to step aside in the interest of the anti-graft war following his alleged involvement in the reinstatement of Maina.

He said: “Mr. Malami cannot continue to function as the Chief Law Officer of Nigeria in the midst of the allegations of complicity in the controversial reinstatement of Maina and the possible conversion or looting of recovered loots.

“The only way the anti-corruption crusade of the present administration can be taken serious is for Mr. Malami to step aside like the former Secretary to Government of the Federation while investigations are ongoing and all those involved in the looting of recovered funds brought to justice.”

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