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Diaspora group backs Army chief on arms scam

26 January 2016, 17:13

Lagos - The Nigerians in Diaspora Monitoring Group has condemned reports linking Chief of Army Staff, Major General Tukur Buratai, to the arms purchase scandal.

Philip Agbese, Coordinator of the United Kingdom-based group, said such calls were meant to mock the ongoing crusade against corruption.

“It is obvious that those behind this surreptitious moves have the ulterior motive of ridiculing the anti-corruption fight of President Muhammadu Buhari,” said Agbese.

He said it was their belief the recent call for the probe of Buratai by the committee established to audit arms and equipment procurement in the military between 2007 and 2015, was merely an indication that “corruption is fighting back to ensure a return to the era of business as usual.”

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“We call on Nigerians to rise up and condemn any attempt to distract the Buratai led military from finally crushing the Boko Haram insurgents.”

Agbese expressed fear such calls were part of a plot by Boko Haram sponsors to discourage the army and reverse recent gains and successes made so far in crushing the extremist insurgents.

“The demand by these groups is also an affront to the authority of President Muhammadu Buhari as they are insinuating that the probe he ordered is meant to witch-hunt a particular branch of the military when they claimed that only past and serving Air Force chiefs have been indicted.”

“Calls like this make it imperative that Nigerians familiarize themselves with the concept of command structure and approving authorities in the public sector so that mischief makers have lesser chance of misleading people.”

The Nigerians in Diaspora Monitoring Group also appealed to the Chief of Army Staff not to allow the distractions.

“The connection between those making these jaundiced calls and the Boko Haram sponsors should be thoroughly investigated with a view to disrupting the propaganda and psychological warfare that they aiming at citizens.”

On Monday, the Army also rejected calls for Buratai to be investigated.

- CAJ News


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