NSA denies saying ex-service chiefs misappropriated arms funds

National Security Adviser, Maj. Gen Babagana Monguno (rtd)

The National Security Adviser, Maj. Gen. Babagana Monguno (rtd), has reacted to reports quoting him as saying that the immediate past service chiefs misappropriated funds meant for procurement of arms.

A statement by the Office of the National Security Adviser on Friday, says the who granted an interview with the Hausa service was quoted out of context.

“We would like to State that the was quoted out of context as he did not categorically say that funds meant for arms procurement were missing under the Former Service Chiefs as reported or transcribed by some outlets from the interview.

“During the interview, 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.

“In the interview the National Security Adviser clearly informed the 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.

“The also informed the reporter that, Mr. President is following up on the procurement process as is usual with contracts relating to military equipment, in most cases the process involves manufacturing, due diligence and tedious negotiations that may change delivery dates.

“As the National Security Adviser conveyed during the Aso Villa Briefing, questions relating to Defence procurement should be channeled to the Ministry of Defence.

“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,” the statement reads.

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