#BuhariGate: Buhari Becomes No. 1 Trending Topic As Nigerians React To Alleged $300,000 Compensation, SUVs From Dasuki
Following claims that President Muhammadu Buhari received $300,000 as compensation from the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan in the wake of Boko Haram Terrorists’ attack on his convoy last year around Kawo, Kaduna State, the incumbent President has become the number one trending topic on Twitter with the hashtag #BuhariGate.
As investigations continued into the $2.2 billion arms deal scandal involving the Office of the National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki in the Jonathan administration, a close source to the embattled former NSA, who is in the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, revealed that former Nigerian Heads of State and Presidents benefitted from the slush funds in form of Sports Utility Vehicles, SUVs.
There were unconfirmed reports too that President Buhari collected five armoured SUVs from the former NSA as replacement for his vehicles that were damaged in the failed Boko Haram assassination attempt on his life.
However, the Presidency, in a statement on Tuesday by Femi Adesina, Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to Buhari, denied receiving any monetary compensation from the past administration, adding that the number of SUVs collected to replace the damaged ones in the then presidential aspirant’s convoy was just two – one armoured and the other untreated.
“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”, Adesina explained.
Despite the official statement from the Presidency, Nigerians took to social media to voice their opinions on #BuhariGate.
See a compilation of some of the tweets on #BuhariGate which by the way has overshadowed “DasukiGate”.