Nov 17, 2014 – Is Jonathan Using Nigeria’s $1Billion Defence Loan For 2015 Election Campaign?
“GEJ Has Diverted Nigeria’s $1Billion Defence Loan To Fund 2015 Presidential Election Campaign” – Falana
On Saturday Human Rights activist, Femi Falana expressed fear that the 1 billion dollar external loan Nigeria demanded to fight Boko Haram may have been used towards 2015 elections.
Falana said the nation’s military had been incapacitated by massive corruption and internal fraud within the system that saw trillions of naira meant for procurement of arms freighted away for lack of accountability.
He said, “The money that has been voted for defence of our dear country in the last five years is N4tn. This year alone, it is N968bn. The president has come back for a loan of $1bn which is about N177bn added to N968bn in one year. That is over a trillion naira. At the end of the day, our soldiers are being sent to the war front having no weapon to fight.
“As of yesterday, the $1bn has not been processed, so if we are not careful the money is going to be diverted to fund the forthcoming general elections.”
Falana who has been hired as the defence lawyer for some army officers standing trial for mutiny said the officers told him, they have no weapons to fight Boko Haram..
“As for the boys they accused of mutiny, when I spoke with them, they said, ‘oga, we are not guilty of mutiny. We want to fight and die for this country, but there is no equipment. They are asking us to face the Boko Haram sect that has sophisticated weapons. We are simply being asked to commit suicide and that is why we say we have the right to life. We don’t want to die cheaply’,” Fanala added.