The Presidency has fired warning shots at former president, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan over his recent comments that his former National Security Adviser (NSA), Colonel Sambo Dasuki [retd] never stole $2.2 billion.
Dr. Jonathan had said on Monday that he doesn’t believe that his former NSA could have stolen $2.2 billion.
Dasuki was arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission [EFCC] for allegedly embezzling the said sum.
The monies were meant for purchase or arms in the fight against Boko haram in the country.
President Jonathan said: “They said the National Security Adviser (Sambo Dasuki) stole $2.2bn.
“I don’t believe somebody can just steal $2.2bn.
“We bought warships, we bought aircraft, we bought lots of weapons for the Army and so on and so forth and you are still saying $2.2bn was stolen.
“So, where did we get the money to buy all those things?”
Dr. Jonathan made the following remarks during a debate on youth entrepreneurship at the Oxford Union Society in England.
He also defended his administration’s policies, especially in the fight against the Boko Haram insurgency ravaging North Eastern Nigeria.
In statement released on Tuesday, the presidency, however, urged Mr. Jonathan to allow the court to decide the fate of his former NSA.
The presidency noted that only a competent court can decide if he [Dasuki] stole over two billion dollars.
Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina says Jonathan’s comments amounts to subjudice.
That, according to him, is because there is already an existing legal action against the former NSA over how the monies in question were spent.
“The matter is subjudice. Let the courts decide,” he said.
Dasuki is accused of misappropriating monies intended for the procurement of equipment for the Nigerian military in its battle against the Boko Haram insurgency.
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