Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has been commended for unravelling, probing and prosecuting the 2.1 billion dollar arms scandal involving the former National Security Adviser and many frontline politicians.
The Governor of Osun State, Rauf Aregbesola gave this commendation at the 2016 Armed Forces Remembrance Day and Laying of Wreath in honour of Fallen Soldiers held at the State House of Assembly in Osogbo, the state capital.
While commending the efforts of President Buhari in unravelling the crime, Aregbesola described the diversion of money meant for procuring arms for the soldiers to fight insurgency as a monumental scandal.
He insisted that the guilty must be brought to justice to forestall future occurrence, stressing that Nigerians are hoping that all those involved in the mismanagement of the arms fund will receive full retribution.
“It is even a monumental scandal of unimaginable proportion that funds meant for procuring arms for soldiers are shared among members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) without the least compunction,” he said.
Aregbesola also urged the President to revisit the issues of either indicted, convicted or dismissed soldiers in view of revelations on the deliberate denial of military of necessary hardware.
“Some of the soldiers caught in the maelstrom and indicted have been pardoned but some have lost their commission while others face uncertain future.
“Considering the circumstances of this unusual event, it is pertinent that a fresh inquiry be set up so that justice will be given to all those involved and our gallant soldiers will not be punished unjustly.”
On the report already submitted by a military inquiry on the roles of soldiers in the Ekiti and Osun governorship elections in 2014, the Governor urged the military high command to address the abuse of soldiers by preventing them from carrying out unlawful commands
“As a victim of the reckless deployment of soldiers in those elections, I will say it was an avoidable deployment of soldiers for a civilian duty and for which there was no threat beyond the capability of the police and other security agencies,” the Governor stated.
Aregbesola added that it is unconstitutional and abuse of the army for a military command to manipulate an election in favour of a particular candidate and harass opposition candidates and innocent citizens.