Senior Particular Assistant to President Buhari on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, has dismissed stories that funds budgeted for the acquisition of arms and ammunition for the struggle in opposition to insurgents have gone lacking within the Buhari-led administration. In response to him, issues like that can’t occur beneath the Buhari-led administration.
Garba was reacting to the report by BBC wherein Babagana Monguno, the Nationwide safety advise was quoted to have stated the newly appointed service chiefs didn’t meet the funds accepted for arms buy once they assumed workplace in January. Munguno has since denied the report, saying he was quoted out of context.
Showing on Channels TV on Friday night time, March 12, Shehu stated no a part of the cash earmarked for the procurement of navy tools is lacking. He stated the armed forces had made a variety of purchases, however the military has been having a little bit of an issue with procurement which has been “coming in bits and in items”.
“I think about you might be speaking in regards to the $1 billion taken from the surplus crude account with the consent from state governors and was used for navy procurements. I need to guarantee you that nothing of that cash is lacking. The reference by it within the interview of the BBC in Hausa service by the nationwide safety adviser, I feel, has been misconstrued and mistranslated,” Shehu stated.
The NSA made two essential factors. One is that we don’t have sufficient which is an announcement of reality, and two, procurements made haven’t been totally delivered.
In August 2018, they allowed the Nigerian authorities to purchase 12 tremendous Tucano plane appropriate for the sort of struggle we’re combating within the north-east. Along with that, different arms of the navy have additionally made procurements. The navy has performed almost 100 % of their procurement — tools delivered.
The airforce has purchased quite a few assault helicopters — 35 helicopters from Ukraine. A few of them have been commissioned on nationwide tv. We have now purchased a variety of drones, however with the military, there have been issues with procurement. Gear has been coming bits and in items.
This isn’t ultimate. In truth, our greatest procurement is coming from the UAE. As I converse to you now, it’s held up in a state of affairs solely diplomacy will resolve. We have been speaking to them final week. The Nigerian Minister of Defence really had a gathering with the ambassador of the UAE to Nigeria, and the thought is to resolve this in order that the tools held up might be launched. We’d like them right here.
So all these procurements are ongoing; nothing you should purchase on the shelf. NSA didn’t make accusations of misappropriation, as a result of there may be none in coping with this matter.
I’ve heard the interview on radio and I feel, moderately, I’ve an excellent understanding of it. At no level did the NSA say that cash appropriated and there aren’t any arms to be seen. They haven’t been delivered. Sure, that’s appropriate, however the factor is that they’re stuff you purchase on order, not off the shelf.
The minister of finance is within the place to present you the entire particulars and I hope within the coming days, she ought to be capable to render a full element. I feel persons are simply being political. They need to draw an ethical equivalence between the PDP and APC administration. Properly, they aren’t the identical. Issues like this can’t occur beneath the Buhari administration.”