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‘Missing arms funds’: APC not like PDP – Buhari’s aide, Shehu

President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration, on Friday, said that no funds launched for arms have been mismanaged by former army chiefs.

Retired Maj. Gen. Babagana Monguno, the Nationwide Safety Adviser, had raised the allegation of lacking cash.

However the presidency boasted that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) isn’t the Peoples Democratic Occasion (PDP). Buhari probed arms procurement after he assumed workplace in 2015.

In January 2021, he lastly eliminated ex-Chiefs of Defence, Basic Abayomi Olonisakin; Military – Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai; Navy – Vice Admiral Ibok Ekwe Ibas; and Air – Marshal Sadique Abubakar.

They have been changed by Basic Leo Irabor – Chief of Defence Employees; Lt Basic Ibrahim Attahiru – Chief of Military Employees; Learn Admiral Awwal Zubairu Gambo – Chief of Naval Employees; and Air Marshal Isiaka Amao – Chief of Air Employees.

In an interview with BBC Hausa service programme, Monguno whereas talking on banditry and insurgency, stated the brand new Service Chiefs confirmed they may not discover something almost about the arms bought.

The NSA said that Buhari authorised sufficient assets for tackling insecurity however a few of the setbacks might be blamed on the previous army heads.

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“The President has finished his utmost finest by releasing enormous funds for procurement of arms however they weren’t bought. We couldn’t see something on the bottom. Now the President has introduced in new arms who could have a special method.

“I’m not saying the previous Service Chiefs embezzled the arms cash, however it’s a truth that cash budgeted for that objective has been misappropriated and nobody can account for it,” he stated.

When requested if the misappropriation has been probed, Monguno confirmed there might be an investigation.

“The President will certainly examine it. As I’m speaking to you, even the governors of their (Governors’) Discussion board have began complaining that billions of {dollars} have been allotted for safety but nothing on the bottom. I can guarantee you that the President is not going to take this evenly.

“Investigations will reveal the details of the matter, however it’s sure that the cash has been misappropriated. They can’t be accounted for. The brand new service chiefs have confirmed that they haven’t seen something on floor to justify the allotted funds. Nothing is on the bottom as I’m chatting with you now.”

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However regardless of audio of the interview, Monguno, in a u-turn, stated he was quoted out of context.

Reacting, Senior Particular Assistant to the President on Media, Garba Shehu, stated funds can not miss below Buhari.

He stated about $1billion, taken from the Extra Crude Account (ECA) with the consent of Governors and used for army procurements, was judiciously spent.

Shehu insisted the NSA’s feedback have been “misconstrued and mistranslated”.

“NSA made two vital factors. One is that we don’t have sufficient weapons which is a press release of details; and two procurements made haven’t been absolutely delivered.”

“At no level did the NSA say that cash has been misappropriated and that no arms is seen. They haven’t been delivered, that’s appropriate; these are stuff you don’t get off the cabinets,” Shehu famous.

“Persons are simply been political, they need to draw ethical equal between the PDP and the APC administrations – we’re not the identical, issues like this can not occur below a Buhari administrations”, he stated.

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