Abuja - The Human Rights Writers Association
(HURIWA) has endorsed the ruling by government absolving Chief of Army Staff,
Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, from corruption.
This follows the controversy on Buratai’s family’s
acquisition of a property in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates.
HURIWA said it had it “in good authority” investigation
had shown the Dubai investments were based on capital market principles of
“The capital market principle that governed the
properties in issue, as it was found by investigators, was like having shares
in companies instead of wholly owning the properties,” HURIWA’s Coordinator,
Emmanuel Onwubiko and the National Media Affairs Director, Zainab Yusuf,
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The officials said after investigating a recent media
report over Buratai’s acquisition of property overseas, the government
discovered that he and his wives invested as "shareholders" like many
other persons in the property mentioned in the publications and were not the
HURIWA further noted the statement credited to the
Minister of Defence, Mansur Mohammed Dan Ali, affirming Buratai’ asset
declarations as per law.
“It is on record that Lt-Gen. Buratai has declared his
assets as Commander of the Multi-National Joint Task Force and as Chief of Army
Staff to the Code of Conduct Bureau. These facts are verifiable with the
Bureau,” the minister’s statement read.
Critics have criticised the government’s
position on Buratai, claiming it gave credence to the alleged selective
application of the war on corruption.