President Muhammadu Buhari has said he received only two SUVs from the
office of the former National Security Adviser (NSA) under retired Colonel
Sambo Dasuki in the aftermath of the attack on his convoy in Kaduna in 2014
by the suspected members of the Boko Haram.
The President in a Tuesday statement by his spokesman, Mr. Femi Adesina,
debunked reports in the dsocial media that he received $300, 000 and four
SUVs as compensation from the NSA under the former administration of
The embattled NSA is being prosecuted for allegedly misappropriating at
least $2 billion in funds meant for the procurement of arms for the
The full text of the statement reads: “Our attention has been drawn to
reports making the rounds, especially on internet-based media, that
President Muhammadu Buhari received $300,000.00 and up to five armoured
SUVs from the Office of the National Security Adviser in the aftermath of
the attack on his convoy in Kaduna last year.
“We unequivocally deny that President Buhari received $300,000.00 or any
monetary compensation whatsoever from the Jonathan Presidency or any of its
officials, in the aftermath of that attack, or at any other time since then.
“While it is true that one armoured SUV and one untreated SUV were sent to
the President in the aftermath of the attack, the vehicles were in keeping
with his entitlements as a former Head of State under the Remuneration of
Former Presidents and Heads of State (And other Ancillary Matters) Decree
Section 3, Sub Section 1 of that Decree provides that three vehicles will
be provided for former heads of state and replaced every four years.
There was therefore nothing untoward, illegal or tending to corruption in
former Head of State Buhari and Presidential aspirant, as he then was,
receiving vehicles, to which he was statutorily entitled, from the Federal
Government of Nigeria.
“President Buhari had in keeping with his austere, spartan and frugal
disposition shunned most of his entitlements as a former Head of State, but
was prevailed upon by his supporters to accept the two vehicles for his
personal safety in the aftermath of the dastardly attempt to assassinate
It is preposterous to think that the President will allow his acclaimed
reputation of honesty and incorruptibility to be tarnished by accepting a
questionable monetary compensation from a discredited regime.”