Buhari vows to sanitise defence procurements

Posted by News Express | 21 December 2015 | 2,433 times

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President Muhammadu Buhari said Monday in Abuja that his administration is taking urgent and appropriate actions to restore order, due process and probity to the procurement processes of the nation’s Armed Forces.

Speaking at a meeting with the British Secretary of State for Defence, Mr. Michael Fallon, Buhari lamented that the procurement of equipment for Nigeria’s Armed Forces, which followed due process in the past, had become open to corruption and shady deals under the last administration.

“They just put foreign exchange in a briefcase and traveled to procure equipment for the military. That is why we have found ourselves in the crisis we are now facing,” the President said.

He welcomed the offer by the British Government to assist Nigeria in defence procurements, intelligence gathering and training.

Buhari restated his conviction that the international community must collaborate more and work with greater unity of purpose to overcome global terrorism.

Said he: “Terrorism has become very sophisticated now. If developed nations can be attacked, and hundreds of lives lost, how much more developing countries? In the West African sub-region, Nigeria is the main battleground of the Boko Haram insurgency. We have made a lot of progress against the terrorists, but we will welcome more assistance from our friends and the international community.”

In his remarks, Mr. Fallon said he was in the country to see what more Britain could do to support Nigeria in battling terrorism and violent extremism.

“Groups like Boko Haram don’t believe in democracy and freedom of choice, so it’s a common fight for us all,” he said.

•State House Photo shows President Buhari discussing with British Secretary of State for Defence, Mr. Michael Fallon . . . today at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Source: News Express

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