Thursday, January 14, 2016

$2 Arms Purchase: Buhari Should Tell Nigerians Where The Money Came From Since We Never Awarded Contracts To That Amount. – Goodluck Jonathan


Immediate-past President Goodluck Jonathan, have debunked The allegations that his administration awarded contract for arms procurement to the tune of $2.1 billion.
“I did not award any $2 billion contract for procurement of weapons.” Jonathan queried, “Where did the money come from?

But Mr. Jonathan said he never awarded any $2billion arms contract, suggesting that the claims by the Buhari administration were false and unsubstantiated.
“Sometimes, I feel sad when people mention these figures,” he added. Speaking pointedly about his successor, President Jonathan said, “When the President (Buhari) paid official visit to the US, there were some figures that were mentioned that I don’t believe.”
He drew attention to figures like the $150billion alleged to have been stolen in previous Nigerian administrations, but Mr. Jonathan scoffed at the probability of “$150 billion American money” being missing and “Americans will not know where it is,” adding that at any rate President Buhari did not accuse his administration.
“He didn’t say my government, he said previous administrations… “$150 billion is not 150 billion Naira,” he stated, suggesting that “People play politics with very serious issues.”
“In Nigeria, if you lose $59.8 million in a year, federal and state governments will not pay salaries,” he said, adding that there is no way Nigerian budget can accommodate such a loss without the country coming to a standstill.
“Of course we brought international audit teams, forensic auditors and they didn’t see that,” he said.
The former President said he does not want to join issues with the new government, “I wanted to keep away from the public for at least twelve months.”

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