We’re Taking Urgent Steps To Sanitize Nigerian Armed Forces Defence Procurement Processes, Says Buhari
In light of recent revelations emanating from the probe of $2.2 billion meant for procurement of arms and military equipment under the immediate past Office of the National Security Adviser, ONSA, the Nigerian Government has taken urgent and appropriate steps to restore order, due process and probity to the procurement processes of the Nigerian Armed Forces.
This was disclosed by President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday in Abuja at a meeting with the British Secretary of State for Defence, Mr. Michael Fallon.
A statement issued by presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina, said President Buhari lamented that the procurement of equipment for Nigeria’s Armed Forces, which followed due process in the past, had become open to corruption and shady deals under the last administration.
“They just put foreign exchange in a briefcase and traveled to procure equipment for the military. That is why we have found ourselves in the crisis we are now facing”, the statement quoted Mr. Buhari as saying.
Welcoming the offer by the British Government to assist Nigeria in defence procurements, intelligence gathering and training for the Nigerian Armed Forces, President Buhari reiterated his conviction that the international community must collaborate more and work with greater unity of purpose to overcome global terrorism.
“Terrorism has become very sophisticated now. If developed nations can be attacked, and hundreds of lives lost, how much more developing countries?
“In the West African sub-region, Nigeria is the main battleground of the Boko Haram insurgency. We have made a lot of progress against the terrorists, but we will welcome more assistance from our friends and the international community”, the president told Mr. Fallon.
Earlier, the British Secretary of State for Defence told President Buhari that he was in the country to any areas Britain could further assist Nigerian in battling terrorism and violent extremism.
“Groups like Boko Haram don’t believe in democracy and freedom of choice, so it’s a common fight for us all”, Mr. Fallon told President Buhari.