Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State has said that the alleged $2.1bn arms purchase fraud involving the immediate past National Security Adviser, NSA, Colonel Sambo Dasuki rtd, in which a horde of officials of the past administration have been arrested and are facing prosecution, is a mere scam orchestrated by the Buhari administration.
Fayose, who is of the opposition People’s Democratic Party, PDP, also took a swipe at Buhari’s order for the probing of ex-service chiefs including no fewer than 18 serving generals by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, over their alleged involvement in the arms deal.
The Governor in a statement issued by his spokesman, Mr Lere Olayinka, said it was strange for serving military generals to be interrogated by junior police officers in the EFCC, stressing that the military officers ought to have been probed in accordance with the armed forces rules of engagement.
The statement reads: “The $2.1 billion arms deal is a scam because all that they are just doing is to brandish figures to deceive Nigerians and demonize the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and those opposed to his dictatorship in the All Progressive Congress (APC). Till today, the amount they have charged people for stealing is not up to N10 billion and the $2.1 billion they claimed was stolen is about N600 billion.
“The president must let Nigerians see where the arms deal is in the 2015 Budget and publish details of the imaginary $2.1 billion scam. Also, the President must tell Nigerians how his friend, Jafaru Isa, was able to return N100 million to the EFCC within three days because there are insinuations that the N100 million refunded came from the Presidency.
“Even though I am not a military officer, but I know that there is what is called orderly room trial or court martial, which military men who erred in the performance of their duties are made to go through. It is until they are found guilty and probably dismissed that they are made to face court trial.
“In this case, how does it feel for a serving military general to be interrogated by an assistant commissioner of police (ACP)?
“I think we should not destroy our democratic institutions, especially the judiciary and the armed forces because we are fighting corruption.
“Already, the president has ridiculed the judiciary by disobeying the courts and coming on television to say that orders of the court do not hold waters.
“He is also destroying the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) by turning it to commission for inconclusive elections. He should not ridicule the military, and men of goodwill should advise the president to thread cautiously.
“Also, the international community, especially the United States, United Kingdom and the United Nations should caution the president against actions capable of bringing down institutions of government under the guise of fighting corruption.”