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The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu said on Sunday evening, that President Buhari will order an investigation into contracts involving the procurement of weapons for the military under the Goodluck Jonathan administration.
Speaking on a Channels Television programme, Politics Today, Shehu said Buhari was interested in taking stock of every naira that left the national treasury and for what purpose.
He said Nigerians were aware that books were already being checked and the exercise was not limited to the oil sector.
He 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”.

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A former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.), had also said while some weapons and equipment procured by the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan were used to fight insurgency during the latter days of his tenure, some others were still being awaited.
But Shehu noted, that “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 reiterated Buhari’s desire to urgently end the activities of the Boko Haram sect.
While saying that normalcy is gradually being restored, the presidential spokesman noted that there is currently no territory in the control of Boko Haram.
“The insurgents have been degraded. They are in disarray without a central command and coordination,” he declared.
Shehu said the President would not send troops to the warfront without ensuring that they are properly equipped and taken care of.

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  1. Don Lucassi

    August 10, 2015 at 8:45 am

    Its about time…was such a shame that Boko Haram were more evidently equipped compared to our Army

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