Arms Deal: Buhari Ready To Give GEJ Audience - Presidency
Femi Adesina, the special adviser to president Muhammadu Buhari has revealed that the president is willing to grant ex-president Goodluck Jonathan audience, should he sought to make clarifications in view of the $2.1billion arms deal scandal which is under investigation.
Adesina made the disclosure in an interview with The Punch on Saturday, January 16.
According to him, President Buhari believes in civility, and at such he would give former president Jonathan listening ears.
According to the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, the directive from President Buhari was based on the recommendation of the committee established to audit the procurement of arms and equipment in the Armed Forces and Defence sector from 2007 to 2015.
Those to be probed include: Air Chief Marshal AS Badeh (Rtd), Air Marshal MD Umar (Rtd), Air Marshal AN Amosu (Rtd), Maj-Gen. ER Chioba (Rtd), AVM IA Balogun (Rtd), AVM AG Tsakr (Rtd), AVM AG Idowu (Rtd), AVM AM Mamu, AVM OT Oguntoyinbo and AVM T Omenyi.
Others are AVM JB Adigun, AVM RA Ojuawo, AVM JA Kayode-Beckley, Air Cdre SA Yushau (Rtd), Air Cdre AO Ogunjobi, Air Cdre GMD Gwani, Air Cdre SO Makinde, Air Cdre AY Lassa, Col N Ashinze, Lt Col. MS Dasuki (Rtd)
The audit report was said to have detailed the huge fraud in the procurement of arms which sparked President Muhammadu Buhari’s order to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to investigate the role played by several retired and serving officers as well as civilian contractors.
The report showed that the audit committee started work at the end of August 2015, and looked at the procurement of weapons and equipment for the period from 2007 to 2015.