Sanni Abdullahi, The Profile Newspaper
Nigeria’s main opposition party, the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, has asked the country’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, and his party, All Progressives Congress, APC, to come clean and offer explanations on the alleged arms deal saga involving top officials of the army.
The PDP which stated its position in a press statement tagged, “Fresh $2.5bn Arms Scandal: Buhari Presidency, APC stink”, dated 18th March, 2023, and signed by it’s National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, said in addition to the $2.5bn is another $1bn unaccounted for, which according to the party, the National Security Adviser, Gen. Babagana Monguno, had earlier said same could not be traced, making the sum $3.5n.
The statement further reads “The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says the revelation of another $2.5bn arms purchase scandal in which officials of the Buhari-led All Progressives Congress (APC) administration were named is another ugly testament of the stench of corruption oozing out from the Buhari Presidency and the APC, as a party.
The party alerts that with this fresh $2.5 billion arms scandal, reportedly involving the National Security Adviser (NSA) Gen. Babagana Monguno, who had earlier revealed that $1 billion also for arms cannot be traced, an alarming $3.5 billion (N1.3 trillion) meant for purchase of weapons to secure our country under the Buhari administration has been looted”.
While berating the Buhari-led APC for allegedly turning the security situation in the country into a “huge racket”, the statement adds “The PDP stressed that the exposed barefaced contract scam in the $2.5 billion scandal as well as the outright disappearance of the $1billion as earlier revealed by the NSA, show the level of corruption and unscrupulousness among APC leaders and their agents, who are stealing funds meant for arms while our citizens are daily marauded, pillaged and murdered by terrorists, bandits and kidnappers.
“In fact, the unending exposure of sleaze in the security architecture of the Buhari-led administration has further heightened apprehensions in the public space that the security situation has been turned into a huge racket for corrupt enrichment of sneaky APC leaders and the cabal in the Buhari Presidency.
It is more distressing that instead of standing on the side of the people to demand for a clean-up of the system and recovery of the stolen funds, the APC, as a party, is rather desperate to justify acts of corruption, because its leaders and officials of its government are involved.
“Out party demands that the Buhari Presidency should come clean and offer explanations on both the $2.5 billion and $1 billion.
Furthermore, the PDP restates its call to the National Assembly to conduct a joint open inquest into the funds and other monies drawn purportedly for the security of our nation under President Muhammadu Buhari’s watch”.