President Muhammadu Buhari has revealed that he will also be probing the contracts involving the procurement of weapons for the military under the Goodluck Jonathan administration.
Garba Shehu, his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, disclosed this while speaking on a television show on Channels Television on Sunday.
The move comes on the heels of revelations by the immediate past Chief of Defence Staff, Alex Badeh, that the Nigerian Military was ill-equipped and an addition from former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.), that while some weapons and equipment procured by the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan were used to fight insurgency during the latter days of his tenure, some others were still being awaited.
The presidential spokesman said Buhari was interested in taking stock of every naira that left the national treasury and for what purpose.
He said, “The President is interested in every penny that leaves Nigeria’s treasury. As you are aware, records are being checked right now, not only in the oil sector, but also in the various departments of government.
“So, Mr. President is really interested in what has happened to the equipment that have supposedly been bought and supplied, some of which might be there on the ground or might not be.
“Only a thorough audit will actually reveal this. The disclosure has been made about substandard (equipment) in the Nigeria’s fight against Boko Haram.”
Shehu reiterated Buhari’s desire to urgently end the activities of the Boko Haram sect.
While saying that normalcy is gradually being restored, the presidential spokesman noted that there is currently no territory in the control of Boko Haram.
“The insurgents have been degraded. They are in disarray without a central command and coordination,” he declared.
“Just on Friday, at the National Defence College, Mr. President was committing himself to the fact that our military will be well taken care of in terms of their welfare, in terms of their equipment and in terms of the motivation they need to confront these insurgents.
“We are already beginning to see the fruits of this because as we speak right now, Boko Haram is in disarray.
“And what we are witnessing now; that is, occasional bombings and suicide attacks, characterise only one thing globally. And that is that, the dying days of the insurgency. It’s just a matter of time, we’ll get there,” he said.