Festus Keyamo speaks on the Maina saga as he faulted Mrs. Winifred Oyo-Ita

Festus Keyamo, SAN, has faulted how the Head of Service, Mrs. Winifred Oyo-Ita, confronted President Muhammadu Buhari over the reinstatement of former Chairman of the Pension Reforms Commission, Mallam Abdulrasheed Maina, into the civil service.

Keyamo said the HoS was dodgy in the role she played in the saga.

He also criticised Oyo-Ita’s claim that she called the president aside after the Federal Executive Council meeting on October 11, where she vervbaly warned Buhari against bringing Maina back to the service.

Keyamo said the HoS breached the standard bureaucratic practice by calling Buhari aside and whispering to his ear, rather than putting her views in writing.

I have read her memo very well where she said after the FEC meeting, she called the president aside, and spoke to him orally. Government is all about bureaucracy and not oral communication,” Thisday quoted him as saying.

If she had reservations about Maina recall, she should have put it to the president in black and white for him to look at it. Whispering in itself is not a standard procedure in bureaucracy. She can not whisper into the ears of the president as if it was a secret society“.

As the chief law officer, he should help the system by appealing the judgement. That particular judgement did not augur well for the anticorruption crusade,” Keyamo said.

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