Buhari: Where Are The Arms Bought By GEJ To Fight Boko Haram?

Following the release of images of arms bought by the former president Goodluck Jonathan, President Muhammadu Buhari is set to investigate contracts involving the purchase of weapons.

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Garba Shehu, the presidential media aide, revealed this in a Channels Television programme on August 9, Sunday.

Shehu said the president was interested in taking stock of every naira that left the national treasury and for what purpose.

The presidential spokesperson said: “The President is interested in every penny that leaves the Nigeria’s treasury.

 “As you are aware, records are being checked right now, not only in the oil sector, but also in the various departments of government.

 “So, Mr. President is really interested in what has happened to the equipment that have supposedly been bought and supplied, some of which might be there on the ground or might not be.

 “Only a thorough audit will actually reveal this. The disclosure has been made about substandard (equipment) in the Nigeria’s fight against Boko Haram.”

Shehu repeated President Buhari’s intention to immediately stop the activities of the deadly Boko Haram sect.

The presidential spokesperson stated that there is currently no territory under the control of the insurgents.

“The insurgents have been degraded. They are in disarray without a central command and coordination,” he announced.

Shehu said Buhari would not send soldiers to the front line without ensuring that they are appropriately equipped and taken care of.

“Just on Friday, at the National Defence College, Mr. President was committing himself to the fact that our military will be well taken care of in terms of their welfare, in terms of their equipment and in terms of the motivation they need to confront these insurgents.

“We are already beginning to see the fruits of this because as we speak right now, Boko Haram is in disarray.

 “And what we are witnessing now; that is, occasional bombings and suicide attacks, characterize only one thing globally. And that is that, the dying days of the insurgency. It’s just a matter of time, we’ll get there,” he said.

Shehu spoke a few days after Alex Badeh, the former chief of defence staff, said he led an army that was ill-equipped.

Sambo Dasuki, the former national security adviser, has also said that while some arms and equipment bought by the Jonathan government were used to fight the insurgency during the latter days of his tenure, other equipment was still being awaited.