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Arms purchase scandal: culprits should face charges

15 December 2015, 09:54 Hussain Obaro

Nigerians yet again received the shock of their lives due to recent revelations emanating as a result of the arrest of the former national security adviser Sambo Dasuki and investigation surrounding the scam purchase of arms meant to prosecute the ongoing war against insurgency in the northeast of the country. The height of insensitivity, high level corruption and lack of respect for the sanctity of human life by some highly placed individuals was once again exposed, when the office of the national security adviser was turned into a 'father Christmas grotto' where funds meant for counter-terrorism and national security were dolled out to private individuals, politicians  and corporate bodies under the guise of using same for campaign purpose to ensure the re-election bid of former president Goodluck Jonathan.

Even though some members of the opposition have come out to shamelessly condemn the resent arrests and investigation of its member and other individuals who were alleged to have shared in the funds, describing it as mere persecution and witch hunt, they haven’t been able to totally deny the fact that the office of NSA and money meant for national security were diverted into the PDP presidential campaigns at the detriment and in total lack of regard or sensitivity to the lives of innocent Nigerians being killed on a daily basis in the northeast, by members of the dreaded Boko Haram sect.

It is disheartening, unfortunate and worrisome that even after the former president made a proclamation in different forum that his ambition wasn't worth the life of any Nigerian, the fact that he allegedly authorized the diversion of security funds to prosecute his campaign when such would have been used to procure arms and other equipment to put an end to the activities of Boko Haram, halt the killing of innocent women and children and prevent the untimely deaths of our gallant soldiers goes on to expose his hypocrisy, moral bankruptcy, inhumanity and desperation for power.

Its been alleged that an individual got a whopping 4.6 billion to consult spiritualist on behalf of the PDP presidential campaign organization, while another got about 2.1 billion for publicity on behalf of his media organization, amidst other several amounts that were dolled out to PDP members from the office of the national security adviser. The questions begging for answers are; even if such funds were meant to legitimately prosecute a task or a contract for the presidential campaign organization, must the office of NSA be turned and used by the PDP for funds disbursement? Even if the said funds weren’t the same meant for arms procurement, when did the NSA transformed into a cashier for politicians and their campaign organization? What manner and how much of spiritual help does a presidential campaign organization really needs with such a huge amount while many of the PDP controlled states were facing challenges of payment of their worker's salaries and the nation was under intense economic crisis?

Now that the truth is gradually coming out and individuals who feed fat on the funds meant to fight insurgency are gradually being exposed and are under investigation, there is need for all hands to be on deck to ensure that the right thing is done within the ambient of the rule of law and constitution of the land. Gone were the days when impunity reigns supreme in our polity and certain class of people were high up above the law and hence carry out all sorts of criminal and despicable atrocities against Nigeria and Nigerians. All indicted should be properly prosecuted in the law court and made to face the full wrath of the law. The culprits must answer for every single life lost and blood shed by bokoharam in the northeast and elsewhere in this country. It should be noted that diverting or sharing money meant to fight terrorism is tantamount to terrorism itself. Hence, the need for all involved and indicted to be tried and prosecuted as terrorists. This heinous crime and atrocity against the people of the northeast and Nigerians in general must not be allowed to go unpunished.

- MyNews24

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