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Jonathan: I didn’t approve ‘any $2bn’ for arms



The CABLE Reports- Former President Goodluck Jonathan has denied the allegation that he approved the sum of $2 billion for the procurement of arms. Speaking at a programme in Washington DC, capital of US on Thursday, Jonathan, who has not made any public comment about the allegations against his government, said “people have been playing politics with serious issues”. 

President Muhammadu Buhari has given a directive that Sambo Dasuki, Jonathan’s national security adviser, be arrested for allegedly misappropriating huge sums of money during his time in office but Dasuki denied the allegation and accused the current administration of witch-hunt. 

The security chief said Jonathan consented to all the money spent on procurement of arms. “In a theatrical manner, the presidency fed the public with many allegations against my person and yet-to-be-named former public officers,” he had said in a statement. “All contracts and accruing payments were with the approval of the president and commander-in-chief of the armed forces… So, there was due process for every purchase in line with regulations guiding arms procurement for the armed forces.” 

However, Jonathan said many of the allegations against his government are untrue. “Sometimes, I feel sad when people mention these figures,” he said. “I did not award any $2 billion contract for procurement of weapons. Where did the money come from? I did not award a contract of $2billion for procurement of weapons. “When the president paid official visit to the US, there were some figures that were mentioned that I don’t believe. He didn’t say my government, he said previous administrations.”

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