Major General Babagana Munguno (rtd), Nigeria’s National Security Adviser, has said that the funds approved for purchase of weapons under the retired service chiefs recently sacked by President Buhari are unaccounted for.
Munguno stated this during an interview with BBC Hausa on Friday March 12. He said that the newly appointed Service Chiefs who recently assumed office could not find the weapons that their predecessors ought to have procured.
Recall that the ex service chiefs; Ex-Chief of Defence Staff, Abayomi Olonisakin; former Chief of Army Staff; Tukur Buratai, former Chief of Naval Staff; Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas; and former Chief of Air Staff, Sadique Abubakar, nomination as non-career ambassadors by President Buhari was approved by the senate few days ago.
The NSA said that the failure of the security personnel to get sophisticated weapons is a major setback to the fight against insecurity.
“It is not that we are not working to end the security challenge in the country. The president has done his own part and allocated huge amount of money to purchase weapons but they are yet to be here. We don’t know where they are.
“I am not saying that the past Service Chiefs have diverted the money, but presently we don’t know where the money is.”
When quizzed whether investigation has commenced on the issue, the NSA said;
“I am sure the President will investigate this. As I am talking to you now, even the Nigerian Governors’ Forum has started questioning where the money is. So I assure you that the President is not playing with anything that has to do with the people.
“I can’t say the money was stolen but we didn’t see anything and even the new Service Chiefs said they didn’t see the weapons. It is possible the weapons are on their way coming. Maybe from America, England and other places but as at now, I didn’t see anything and the Service Chiefs too didn’t see any weapons too.”
He also stated that President Buhari directed the new Service Chiefs to terminate insurgency within a short period of time, adding that PMB is committed to ending insecurity.