Members of civil society groups on Thursday held a rally carrying placards in support of the former chairman of the Pension Reform Task Team, Mr. Abdulrasheed Maina, at the premises of the Abuja Federal High Court.
They described Maina as the “only stellar performer in this regime of nit-wits and no-do-gooders,” and expressed regret that “he has become a victim of those who have seized the soul of our country.”
Under the aegis of Civil Society Action Coalition, the groups apparently planned the solidarity rally to coincide with a ruling on the preliminary objections raised by the Senate and the Inspector General of Police in a suit in which Maina is seeking to enforce his fundamental human rights, and also set aside the warrant of arrest issued against him by the Senate on February 2, 2013.
However, the scheduled ruling did not take place eventually, as Justice Adamu Bello of the Abuja FHC, who is presiding over the matter, did not sit. But nearly all members of the group were in possession of placards with various solidarity messages, which largely lauded Maina’s achievements in the PRTT, and also cast aspersions on the Senate and unidentified “pension thieves.”
Also, on some of the placards, Maina’s picture was placed besides that of President Goodluck Jonathan. Some of the inscriptions read, ‘We will fight corruption to the last’; ‘Maina fought pension thieves – one down seven to go’; ‘HoSF (Head of Service of the Federation) where are the pension thieves in your office? Tell Nigerians’; ‘Pensioners deserve a good life’; “Rule of Law must prevail, recall Maina now’; ‘Who the cap fit, let them wear it. Well done’; ‘N251bn recovered by Jonathan leadership – Up Dr. Maina’; ‘President, Maina is the hero of your regime, honour him’; and ‘Senate do not blackmail the President, tell the truth, leave Maina alone’.