The National Security Adviser, NSA, Major General Babagana Monguno (rtd) has debunked media reports attributed to him that arms procurement funds were missing or misappropriated by the immediate past Service Chiefs.
Newsdiaryonline reports that several media outlets on Friday copiously quoted the NSA who spoke with the BBC Hausa Service. Some reports said the NSA alleged that the money was missing, while others said the arms funds were misappropriated.
In his reaction to the reports, the Office of the National Security Adviser,ONSA said in a statement that he has been quoted out of context.
“We would like to State that the NSA was quoted out of context as he did not categorically say that funds meant for arms procurement were missing under the Former Service Chiefs as reported or transcribed by some media outlets from the BBC interview.
Clarifying the matter, ONSA said, “During the interview, the National Security Adviser only reiterated the Federal Government’s commitment to deal decisively with insecurity and stated President Muhammadu Buhari’s continued commitment to provide all necessary support to the Armed Forces, including the provision of arms and equipment.
“In the interview, the National Security Adviser clearly informed the BBC reporter that Mr President has provided enormous resources for arms procurement, but the orders were either inadequate or yet to be delivered and that did not imply that the funds were misappropriated under the former Service Chiefs.
“The NSA also informed the reporter that, Mr President is following up on the procurement process as is usual with contracts relating to military equipments, in most cases the process involves manufacturing, due diligence and tedious negotiations that may change delivery dates.
“As the National Security Adviser conveyed during the Aso Villa Media Briefing, questions relating to Defence procurement should be channelled to the Ministry of Defence.
“All Security and Intelligence agencies are working together to bring an end to insecurity with the full support of Mr. President and Stakeholders including the media and civil society as part of a whole-of-government and a whole-of-society approach to address our security challenges.”