The Pan Yoruba Socio-Political group, Afenifere, has accused President Muhammadu Buhari of being partial in his administration’s anti-corruption war.
The Yoruba group challenged the President to prove the sincerity of its anti corruption crusade by prosecuting the former Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms, Abdulrasheed Maina and other accomplices.
It warned the President not to sweep the issue of Maina under any rug or carpet.
The Publicity Secretary of the group, Yinka Odumakin, who addressed reporters after the meeting of the group in Akure, the Ondo State capital on Tuesday, expressed shock at the recall, reinstatement and promotion of Maina and the involvement of top government officials.
The group stressed that the anti-corruption crusade seemed to have been reduced to travesty of justice and caricature to fight opposition.
“We ask that the issue of Maina should not be swept with any broom under any carpet. He must be arrested, prosecuted and all officials involved in his recall should be punished no matter their status or origin.
“The Maina-gate is clearly an embarrassment for this government and the sordid development has created so much anger and angry reactions across the county.
“The Maina-gate and other associated tales of massive corruption under a regime that is fighting corruption is a confirmation of our position all along that most of the problems confronting Nigeria, including corruption, are systemic, structural and deep-rooted,” he said.
The group noted that the “architecture of corruption in Nigeria is still very intact in Buhari’s administration.
“It is that architecture that have allowed that kind of reckless impunity that brought Maina back into office to happen at the time we are supposed to fight corruption.
“It is also this same architecture that allowed him to disappear into oblivion after the lead was blown of his presence within the system.
“We therefore state unequivocally that the Maina-gate has confirmed the fears that the present anti-corruption war is selective, and some people are given soft landing perhaps on their connection or possibly their origin.”