NSA was quoted out of context on alleged missing Billions from arms procurement funds – ONSA

The Office of the National Security Adviser has described as a quote out of context remarks ascribed to him in a BBC Hausa service interview on Friday.

The NSA according to the statement from the office of the National Security adviser did not categorically state during the interview 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.

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According to the Statement 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.

During 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.

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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.

The NSA in his Aso Villa Media Briefing while responding to questions relating to Defence procurement said it should be channelled to the Ministry of Defence.

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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.

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