Immediate past National Security Adviser, NSA, Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd), has disclosed that former President Goodluck Jonathan saved the military from operating with obsolete equipment in the fight against the Boko Haram sect.
He said Jonathan, in his efforts to step-up the war against insurgency, acquired sophisticated weapons for the armed forces which led to the terrorists suffering major defeats in their confrontation with the military.
Dasuki denied insinuations in certain quarters that he stole money meant for national security.
Some media reports claimed that Department of State Services, DSS, had launched an investigation into the financial transactions of Dasuki following the seizure of yet-to-be-disclosed “huge sums of cash” both in naira and dollars from his Abuja and Sokoto residences on July 16.
But in an interview with PRNigeria, an online medium, Dasuki warned that “in attempt to rubbish individuals for whatever reasons, political or otherwise, we should be careful not to rubbish sensitive institutions and their personnel that might still be in active service.
“It is unfortunate that some elements hide under the cover of anonymity in the media to rubbish some of the sacrifices we made. They should take the courage to come out publicly by identifying themselves with their baseless allegations.”
Dasuki’s residences were raided on the evening of July 16, but the DSS operatives met a brick wall at his main house in Abuja which led to a 24-hour siege to it.
The former NSA has denied allegations of wrong-doing, maintaining that his professionalism helped the All Progressives Congress, APC displace the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP from power in the 2015 general election.
Dasauki revealed to PRNigeria that Jonathan facilitated the acquisition of hitherto elusive weaponry in the last one year and recovered many local governments that had been occupied by Boko Haram terrorists.
He named some of the deciding acquisitions to include Alpha jets, APCs, MRAP vehicles, advanced artillery pieces, assorted arms and ammunitions, highly sophisticated surveillance drones, T72 and carried out modification of F7 supersonic jet fighters.
Dasuki said: “The armoured tanks have comprehensive NBC protection system, just as we deployed Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected, MRAP vehicles that we bought and could withstand improvised explosive device, IED attacks and ambushes. The vehicles had protected our troops from the land mine threats.
“We are glad that we also provided assorted Armoured Personnel Carriers to transport troops to the battlefield. They are armed for self-defence and to provide protection from attacks from shrapnel and small arms fire. All these were acquired in the last one year after years of frustration by Western powers which denied us of the equipment and sabotage our efforts to acquire same from other sources which are reasons for some delay in delivery.”
According to him, some other arms paid for by the previous administration are due to be delivered soon.
“It was unfortunate that some elements are frustrating the efforts as we even had to query some suppliers for delay in delivery of arms and ammunitions. We utilised some of these equipment to recover more than 22 local governments under Boko Haram terrorists and ensured that Shekau did not disrupt the 2015 election as he had threatened. Not only did we ensure that the elections were peaceful, Shekau has never spoken to threaten anyone again since then,” he said.


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