The TMG said its conclusion was based on the grounds that Muazu is still being investigated by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, over alleged mismanagement of N19.8 billion of his state’s resources while in office as governor.
The group said his appointment has rubbished claims by the administration that it is seriously fighting corruption.
The statement reads in full: “Few days ago, President Goodluck Jonathan nominated former Bauchi State Governor, Mu’azu Adamu as Chairman of the Nigerian Pension Commission (PENCOM), and subsequently forwarded his name to the Senate for confirmation.
“The Transition Monitoring Group (TMG) is astonished and peeved by this move of the President, especially in the light of the fact that the former Governor is yet to be cleared by the Economics and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) of the corruption charges he is facing for allegedly defrauding the coffers of Bauchi State to the tune of N19.8billion when he was Governor of the State. This and other similar acts of Mr. President, particularly his penchant for surrounding himself with famed corrupt individuals makes his government’s so-called anti-corruption efforts a laughing stock, for it is patently obvious from his antecedents that President Jonathan endorses corruption.
“The Nigerian people of course will not forget in a hurry how this same President granted Presidential Pardon to a notorious convicted corrupt former Governor and his kinsman, DSP Alamieyeseigha and other criminals, including a paedophile. Those who recently looted the Police Pensions Board, including its former Director are yet to be brought to book. The list is endless; yet Jonathan’s regime talks about fight against corruption.
“The attitude of Mr. President in recycling corrupt individuals in public places is worrisome and does not inspire confidence at all. In fact, on issue after issue, he has shown that he will never combat corruption but will rather aid, abet and shield corrupt officials.
“TMG therefore calls on the President to withdraw immediately the nomination of Adamu Mu’azu as Chairman of PENCOM and take creative steps to rebuild goodwill and imbue confidence in the anti-corruption war. This is the only pathway to redemption, prosperity and development in this country.”