Amid Nigeria’s mounting security challenges, the National Security Adviser to the President, Maj.-Gen Babagana Monguno (retd.), has said that some funds meant for the purchase of arms to strengthen the country’s anti-terror war got missing under the leadership of the ex-service chiefs.
The NSA alleged this on Friday in an interview with BBC Hausa on Friday, saying, “No one knows what happened to the money but by God’s grace, the president will investigate to find out whether the money was spent and where the arms went.”
The ex-service chiefs are Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Olonisakin (retd.); Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai (retd.); Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok Ekwe Ibas (retd.); and Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar (retd.).
According to Mr. Munguno, the new service chiefs have not seen any of the arms that the funds were supposed to be used to procure.
The NSA had said on Thursday at a State House Briefing in Aso Villa, Abuja, that the President Muhammadu Buhari has released a lot of funds for the military to purchase firepower and win the fight against insurgency.