Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Buhari Strike Jonathan, Says ex-president's adviser stole $2B meant to buy weapons to fight Boko Haram

Buhari Says ex-president's adviser stole $2B meant to buy weapons to fight Boko Haram...

ABUJA, Nigeria –  Nigeria's leader is accusing the former president's national security adviser of stealing more than $2 billion meant to purchase weapons for the military to fight Islamic militant Boko Haram rebels.


Femi Adesina, an adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari, says thousands of lives could have been saved if the money had been properly spent.

His statement Tuesday accused Sambo Dasuki, a key adviser to former President Goodluck Jonathan, of awarding "phantom contracts" to buy 12 helicopters, four fighter jets, and munitions that were never supplied.

The State Security Service had said Dasuki was refusing to answer questions about the arms deal. Dasuki has been under house arrest for more than a week despite a court order allowing him to travel abroad for medical care.

Adesina says Buhari has also ordered the arrest of several others linked to the scandal.