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How Ex-Army Chief, Buratai Lobbied Ambassadorial Posting To Benin Republic To Escape Corruption Investigation— Military Sources




The twentieth Chief of Military Employees, Lt Gen Tukur Buratai (retd.), lobbied his approach on the Presidency and the Ministry of Overseas Affairs to be posted to neighbouring Benin Republic for various causes, army sources have knowledgeable SaharaReporters.


Buratai alongside the previous Chief of Defence Employees, Basic Abayomi Olonisakin (retd.); former Chief of Naval Employees, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas (retd.) and former Chief of Air Employees, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar (retd.), had been relieved of their appointments by President Muhammadu Buhari on January 26.

Every week later, they had been gifted with ambassadorial appointments – a choice condemned by a cross-section of Nigerians who believed that the previous service chiefs ought to be probed significantly on the controversial $1 billion arms fund launched between 2018 and 2019.

Army sources advised SaharaReporters that one of many causes Buratai, whose tenure was marred with complaints of non-payment of troopers’ allowances in addition to poor combating weapons, lobbied Benin Republic was to maintain his eye on army actions and choices in Nigeria.

“The previous military chief nonetheless has his loyalists and stooges within the Nigerian Military, expectedly who will cease at nothing to make sure that the infractions of his tenure stay coated up. Buhari’s administration can not probe Buratai, actually, as a result of his loyalists know the right way to conceal and manipulate the information. Buratai should be shut by in order that he can pull the strings to make sure that no probe or investigation is traced to him. Therefore, his lobbying to be in Benin Republic,” a supply mentioned.  

One other supply acknowledged that Buaratai lobbied the small West African nation with little or no accountability in an effort to be engrossed in loads of diplomatic actions as to army oversight.

“Nothing occurs in Benin Republic actually. Buratai may be in Lagos or Kano or Borno and be overseeing Benin Republic from there. It’s only a easy calculation. The Nigerian Military is now extremely politicised and extremely divided than ever, as a result of the unhealthy boys don’t need their information to be dug out. The federal government has refused to probe the six years of Buratai’s administration, regardless of the cries of the Nationwide Meeting over the $1 billion arms fund probe.

“They summoned the late military chief, Lt Gen Attahiru Ibrahim and that officer advised them plainly that his predecessors and never him; ought to be summoned. Have they summoned Buratai and others? Not underneath Buhari,” one other supply acknowledged.

President Muhammadu Buhari had on February 4 introduced the nomination of the rapid previous service chiefs as non-career ambassadors, a choice which was greeted with widespread condemnation.

The previous service chiefs had been appointed as non-career ambassadors-designate solely per week after they had been fired by the President.

On February 23, the Senate towards resentments in a number of quarters had confirmed the nomination of the rapid previous service chiefs as non-career ambassadors.

SaharaReporters had on January 21 uncovered how the previous service chiefs had been awarded 4 Sport Utility Autos, 4 Peugeot autos, amongst different juicy retirement advantages in keeping with the revised army circumstances.

It was additionally revealed that the army chiefs would get safety employees of over 40 troopers in addition to home and overseas medical cowl.

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