The Presidency has responded to former president, Goodluck Jonathan’s assertion that former National Security Adviser (NSA), Colonel Sambo Dasuki (rtd), may not have stolen the over $2 billion meant for purchase or arms for the country.
In a statement released on Tuesday, the presidency urged Mr. Jonathan to allow the court to decide the fate of his former NSA, retired Colonel Sambo Dasuki.
Dasuki is accused of misappropriating monies intended for the procurement of equipment for the Nigerian military in its battle against the Boko Haram insurgency.
Mr. Jonathan had on Monday during a debate on youth entrepreneurship at the Oxford Union Society in England in defense of his administration’s policies, especially in the fight against the Boko Haram insurgency ravaging North Eastern Nigeria, said that Sambo Dasuki could not have stolen about $2.2 billion as alleged by the EFCC.
“They said the National Security Adviser (Sambo Dasuki) stole $2.2 billion. I don’t believe somebody can just steal $2.2 billion.
“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 $2.2 billion was stolen. So, where did we get the money to buy all those things?” Dr. Jonathan said at the Oxford Union.
In response to his assertion, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, however, says Dr. Jonathan’s comments are sub-judicial since there is already an existing legal action against the former NSA over how the monies in question were spent.
“The matter is sub judice. Let the courts decide.”
The former president had also at the debate stated that his administration had fought corruption without inviting the media to it.
Although Jonathan did not go into details on their anti-corruption fight, he says most of the cases are still pending in court. He also said the anti-corruption agencies in the country like the EFFC were restructured to function more effectively, all thanks to his administration.