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Metro Maina's Recall: How HoS, Oyo-Ita Breached Standard Bureaucratic Practice - Keyamo

Lagos lawyer, Festus Keyamo, SAN, has faulted the memo written by the Head of Service, Mrs. Winifred Oyo-Ita, to the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari, where she warned President Muhammadu Buhari against the reinstatement of the former Chairman of the Pension Reforms Commission, Mallam Abdulrasheed Maina, into the civil service.

Keyamo plugged a hole in Oyo-Ita’s claim that she called the president aside after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting on October 11, where she orally warned Buhari against bringing Maina back to the service.


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

In the said memo, Oyo-Ita warned that recalling Maina would have dire implications on government’s anti-corruption fight.

Keyamo, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, described the Maina saga as condemnable, saying the HoS was dodgy in the role she played in the ongoing saga.

“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. 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,” Keyamo queried.
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How sad!!! The president cannot be blamed for anything under his watch. Unfortunately, this is the view any other president will come into office with. Keyamo, this was absolutely disgraceful!
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