The Coalition for Truth and Justice has called on the Minister of Defence, Bashir Salihi Magashi, to come clear on the controversy trailing the $1 billion released by the Federal Government for arms purchase.
The group mentioned Magashi ought to open up on how the Ministry of Defence expended the funds and what arms had been bought with the fund.
Recall that Babagana Monguno, National Security Adviser (NSA), had mentioned funds for arms purchase were missing under former service chiefs.
Nevertheless, addressing an information convention on Tuesday, Timothy Charles, the National Coordinator of the group, stated the silence of the Minister of Defence in this regard leaves many questions unanswered.
His speech reads in part, “We should agree that these issues are of great significance to the effectively-being of the nation at giant, given the nation’s safety challenges in current instances in addition to the federal government’s efforts in addressing these challenges.
It’s common knowledge that the Muhammadu Buhari administration had in April 2018 accepted the release of $1bn to Nigerian Defence authorities for the purchase of security tools to combat insecurity in Nigeria below the purview of the Ministry of Defence.
It’s additionally succinct to state that the Honorable Minister of Defence, who’s in charge of the Ministry of Defence, ought to present solutions to questions surrounding arms purchase in Nigeria. It’s thus despicable that there has been some nicely orchestrated attempt by some vested interest to divert attention from the Minister of Defence.
We’re constrained to add that the statement credited to the Chief of Military Employees, Lt. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, during his appearance before the House of Representatives is diversionary and an indication that he’s carrying out the whims and caprices of the Honorable Minister of Defence.
The Coalition for Truth and Justice uses this medium to call on the Honorable Minister to come out clear by offering the much-needed info surrounding the $1bn released to purchase arms.
If this isn’t the case, we then surprise why the Honorable Minister of Defence has elected to play to the gallery in a case as delicate as this. Extra alarming is that the Chief of Military Employees has been carrying out acts that aim to protect the Honorable Minister of Defence.
We’re constrained to add that if the Chief of Military Staff who has barely spent months in office wouldn’t be bold enough to call a spade a spade, we’re afraid that his means to steer the distinguished Nigerian Military is certainly questionable.
It’s our thought of opinion that the Minister of Defence should, as a matter of necessity and urgency, present most people particulars on how the $1bn was expanded under his watch in the spirit of transparency and accountability.”