Abuja - The Army has expressed dismay at
demands that Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai, be
probed for his alleged role of abuse of funds meant for the procurement of
Save the Nation Movement (STNM) on Sunday demanded
Buratai be included in the ongoing probe arguing he was the Director of
Procurement at the Defence Headquarters (DHQ) during the alleged scandal known
as "Dasukigate after ex- security advisor, Sambo Dasuki.
Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman, Acting Director of Army
Public Relations, said such demands by the “faceless group” were an “attempt to
rubbish the hard earned name and reputation of the Chief of Army Staff and the
“The public will recall our earlier warning of this type
of campaign of calumny against the Nigerian Army and the Chief of Army Staff.
This has again reared its ugly head again,” Usman said.
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He pointed out Buratai was Director of Procurement at
Defence Headquarters from March 2014 to May 2015, not from 2012 to 2015 as STNM
wished to mislead the public.
“Unfortunately, the movement could not get their facts
right as has always been the case with people with dubious intents,” Buratai
“Furthermore, there is the need to educate the ignorant
group that, Defence Procurement in Nigeria is decentralised. Each Service is
responsible for its procurement. It is advisable for the group to look
elsewhere if they want to attack the Chief of Army Staff.”
Buratai said for the avoidance of doubt, the Chief of
Army Staff had never been involved in any questionable act throughout his
career as military officer.
“As a matter of fact, the Chief of Army Staff has always
been a reference point in exemplary conduct, probity and integrity.”
Buratai said it was on record Buratai had voluntarily
declared his assets.
“Consequently, the public is please requested to
disregard the so called Movement’s evil machinations which would surely fall
back on them.”
- CAJ News