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Buhari: I dint collect money from Jonathan's Govt

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday said he received only two sports utility vehicles (SUVs) from the government of former President Goodluck Jonathan. This is contrary to reports that he received five armoured vehicles from Sambo Dasuki, former national security adviser, the CABLE has reported.

 According to Femi Adesina, presidential spokesman, Buhari received the two vehicles “in keeping with his entitlements as a former head of state”. The president also denied receiving any monetary compensation from the Jonathan administration for the suspected Boko Haram attack on his convoy in Kaduna state in 2014.

 “Our attention has been drawn to reports making the rounds, especially on internet-based media, that President Muhammadu Buhari received $300,000.00 and up to five armoured SUVs from the Office of the National Security Adviser in the aftermath of the attack on his convoy in Kaduna last year,” Adesina said.

 “We unequivocally deny that President Buhari received $300,000.00 or any monetary compensation whatsoever from the Jonathan Presidency or any of its officials, in the aftermath of that attack, or at any other time since then. “While it is true that one armoured SUV and one untreated SUV were sent to the President in the aftermath of the attack, the vehicles were in keeping with his entitlements as a former Head of State under the Remuneration of Former Presidents and Heads of State (And Other Ancillary Matters) Decree of 1999.

 “Section 3, Sub Section 1 of that Decree provides that three vehicles will be provided for former heads of state and replaced every four years. “There was therefore nothing untoward, illegal or tending to corruption in former Head of State Buhari and Presidential aspirant, as he then was, receiving vehicles, to which he was statutorily entitled , from the Federal Government of Nigeria.

 “President Buhari had in keeping with his austere, spartan and frugal disposition shunned most of his entitlements as a former Head of State, but was prevailed upon by his supporters to accept the two vehicles for his personal safety in the aftermath of the dastardly attempt to assassinate him. “It is preposterous to think that the President will allow his acclaimed reputation of honesty and incorruptibility to be tarnished by accepting a questionable monetary compensation from a discredited regime.”