Although he was entitled to three vehicles as a former head of state, the presidency has said that President Muhammadu Buhari got one armoured SUV and one untreated SUV in the aftermath of the attack on his convoy in Kaduna last year, from the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan.
This, according to Mr Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, were in keeping with his entitlements under the Remuneration of Former Presidents and Heads of State (And other Ancillary Matters) Decree of 1999.
Adesina while denying reports that Buhari received $300,000.00 and up to five armoured SUVs, from the Office of the National Security Adviser, “Section 3, Sub Section 1 of that Decree provides that three vehicles will be provided for former heads of state and replaced every four years.”
He also said “There was therefore nothing untoward, illegal or tending to corruption in former Head of State Buhari and Presidential aspirant, as he then was, receiving vehicles, to which he was statutorily entitled, from the Federal Government of Nigeria.
“President Buhari had in keeping with his austere, spartan and frugal disposition shunned most of his entitlements as a former Head of State, but was prevailed upon by his supporters to accept the two vehicles for his personal safety in the aftermath of the dastardly attempt to assassinate him.
“It is preposterous to think that the President will allow his acclaimed reputation of honesty and incorruptibility to be tarnished by accepting a questionable monetary compensation from a discredited regime.
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