NSA: Where is the money voted for arms by Buhari?

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The Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) to President Muhammadu Buhari, Maj-Gen. Babagana Monguno, has said that the NSA was misquoted on the interview with the Hausa Service of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).

Monguno was quoted to have said that the government was not aware of how monies meant for the purchase of arms were spent under the immediate past Service Chiefs and could not also trace the arms they claimed to have bought.

But the statement noted that the NSA did not categorically say that monies meant for arms procurement were missing under the former service chiefs, saying: “We would like to state that the NSA was quoted out of context, as he did not categorically say that funds meant for arms procurement were missing under the former service chiefs, as reported or transcribed by some media outlets from the BBC interview.

“During the interview, the NSA only reiterated the Federal Government’s commitment to deal decisively with insecurity and stated President Muhammadu Buhari’s continued commitment to providing all necessary support to the armed forces, including the provision of arms and equipment.”

However this is an extract of the interview:

Monguno: On the banditry, we didn’t say we wouldn’t discuss… some respected leaders have recommended some options towards resolution

But how come you couldn’t address insecurity in the country?

Not that we couldn’t address the insecurity. The President had done his best in providing adequate resources and a huge amount of money but the (arms) equipment were NOT Bought and have NOT ARRIVED… Now the president has brought in new people (Service Chiefs) maybe the new people will bring in new strategies.

I am not necessarily saying the immediate past service chiefs stole the money… But the money somehow went through some channels which I don’t know and many others do not know too as of NOW.

Has the government investigated what happened to the (arms) money?

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I strongly believe the President will investigate…. As I am talking to you right now some governors under the forum have started complaining about the release of Billions for arms purchase. I must assure that strongly that the president would not take the light on issues of that magnitude that would affect the welfare of the citizens.

From all indications, does it mean they have stolen money meant for arms (An ci kudin Makamai, the same phrase use to attack previous government especially referred to Dasukigate)

I can’t say so now since there is no any proper investigation as of now. The only thing I can say is that the money is (Sun Salwanta) missing. The equipment weapons are yet to be seen and the new service chiefs said sincerely that they haven’t seen the equipment which they (former service chiefs) claimed they bought. Probably some of them may be coming from America, England from everywhere. BUT AT IS IT NOW on the ground, I didn’t see them and they (Service Chiefs) didn’t see them too.