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The Arewa Youth Alliance (AYA) has disclosed its plan to embark on a peaceful demonstration next Wednesday in Abuja and Kaduna to protest against the uncertainty trailing the reinstatement of former Chairman of the Pension Reform Task Team (PRTT), Abdulrasheed Maina.
National Coordinator of the group, Mallam Isah Amin, in a chat with journalists yesterday in Abuja, explained that the protest was to draw attention over the failure of the federal government to act on the judgement of the Federal High Court in Abuja setting aside the sack of Maina from the civil service.
Amin said the protest was also to decry the incessant harrasment by the police against the former PRTT boss, adding that Maina has been under siege by the police despite having nothing established against him.
“It is unacceptable and unfortunate that a man who recovered over N150billion of pension funds, and injected over N70billion into the 2012 budget should become a fugitive in his country.
“We were witnesses to the drama orchestrated by the Senate Committee on Pension and Establishment, headed by Senator Aloysuis Etuk on the PRTT wrongdoings. Is it not curious that till date, Etuk's committee has failed to make the report of his committee public, and this to us as northern youths, is unacceptable," the group said.
Amin described Maina's travail as the height of impunity and injustice,' thereby appealing to President Goodluck Jonathan to as of urgency, take decisive action on the matter.
He noted that the prosecution of alleged pension thieves would not have been possible without Maina, adding that despite the huge sums recovered by the Maina's pension team, the government has failed to release any fund to those responsible for the recovery and however, challenged the Ministry of Finance to counter the allegation.