Buhari Denies Collecting $300,000 Compensation, 5 Bullet-Proof SUVs From Jonathan After Boko Haram’s Attack On Convoy
The Presidency has denied viral reports that President Muhammadu Buhari received a compensation of $300,000 from former President Goodluck Jonathan in the aftermath of a Boko Haram attack on his convoy last year in Kaduna State.
Following investigations into the $2.2 billion arms deal probe, a close source to the embattled former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.), had hinted that former Nigerian Heads of State and Presidents benefitted from the funds in way of receiving Sports Utility Vehicles (SUVs).
The rumour mill, however, claimed that President Buhari not only got five armoured SUVs from the ONSA, he also purportedly got $300,000 as compensation, in the aftermath of the terrorists’ assassination attempt on the then presidential aspirant’s life while on his way to Daura, Katsina State.
But in a statement issued Tuesday by Femi Adesina, his special adviser on media and publicity, Mr. Buhari said he received “nothing untoward, illegal or tending to corruption” from Mr. Jonathan before or after the attack.
The statement reads, “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.
“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”.