Babagana Monguno, the Nationwide Safety Adviser (NSA), has denied saying funds appropriated for the acquisition of arms went lacking underneath the management of the instant previous service chiefs, saying he was quoted out of context.
Munguno in an interview with BBC Hausa had mentioned the newly appointed service chiefs didn’t meet the funds accredited for arms buy once they assumed workplace in January this yr. Though he didn’t accuse the instant previous service chiefs of misappropriating the funds, he mentioned the cash may need been utilized in different methods unknown to anyone at current.
Following the reactions that trailed his remark, his workplace launched a press release on Friday evening, March 12 saying he was quoted out of context.
The assertion reads
“We wish to state that the NSA was quoted out of context as he didn’t categorically say that funds meant for arms procurement have been lacking underneath the previous Service Chiefs as reported or transcribed by some media retailers from the BBC interview.
Through the interview, the Nationwide Safety Adviser solely reiterated the Federal Authorities’s dedication to deal decisively with insecurity and said President Muhammadu Buhari’s continued dedication to supply all mandatory assist to the Armed Forces, together with the supply of arms and gear.
Within the interview, the Nationwide Safety Adviser clearly knowledgeable the BBC reporter that Mr President has offered huge assets for arms procurement, however the orders have been both insufficient or but to be delivered and that didn’t indicate that the funds have been misappropriated underneath the previous Service Chiefs.
The NSA additionally knowledgeable the reporter that Mr President is following up on the procurement course of as is common with contracts regarding army equipments, most often the method entails manufacturing, due diligence and tedious negotiations which will change supply dates.
Because the Nationwide Safety Adviser conveyed through the Aso Villa Media Briefing, questions regarding Defence procurement must be channelled to the Ministry of Defence.”