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Thursday, 27 October 2016

Military Rejects Jonathan’s Claim That He Bought Warships And Aircraft

Military sources yesterday rejected former President Goodluck Jonathan’s claim that his administration bought warships and aircraft.

The former president, who spoke at a lecture he delivered on “Youth Entrepreneurship” at the Oxford Union in the United Kingdom (UK), tried to exonerate former National Security Adviser (NSA) Sambo Dasuki of corruption allegations involving $2.2 billion voted for arms procurement.

Jonathan said he did not believe the former NSA stole the money because weapons were bought for the military to fight Boko Haram.
Jonathan said: “I don’t believe somebody can just steal $2.2 billion; we bought warships, we bought aircraft, we bought lots of weapons for the army and so on and so forth and you are still saying 2.2billion, so where did we get the money to buy all those things?

”Independent checks by The Nation revealed that the former President might have been deceived by his officials on the type of weapons that were bought for the military.
According to several military sources who asked to remain anonymous because of the “sensitivity” of the matter, many of the weapons bought under the former president were “unserviceable and useless”.

One said the Jonathan administration bought at least three fairly used (Tokunbo) Alpha Jets for the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) and two helicopters. But the jets were , the sources claimed, “not worth anything because they were not weaponised and the helicopters were cannibalised.”
NAF recently reconfigured two demilitarised Alpha jets in its inventory. According to the NAF website, the jets were bought from the United States in 2015 to help in the fight against Boko Haram.

“The two aircraft are among the four Alpha Jets bought from the United States in 2015 by the immediate past administration to enhance the operational capability of the NAF to combat Boko Haram insurgency in the Northeast.

“The aircraft, however, before now, could not be deployed in the theatre of operation due to the inherent weapon delivery deficiency, hence its limited use for training purposes. The urgent need in recent times to commit all NAF available platforms to OPERATION LAFIYA DOLE to enhance the success of the counter insurgency operation necessitated the Service to look inward to seek ways of achieving its drive for self reliance through research and development.

“ A number of vendors invited to Nigeria to assess the platforms had concluded that it would be difûcult or almost impossible to undertake the project since the Original Equipment Manufacturer had long closed down the production line. A few others who agreed to the possibility of having the aircraft reconfigured to carry munitions have also submitted proposals for initial assessment fee ranging from $20,000 – $30,000 before they could come up with the actual cost for the project. Convinced that the project would work, the NAF consequently assembled a team of technicians to develop a feasible model for the project.

The model worked on ground, and has since been mounted on the Alpha Jets, and test fown successfully. This feat is a major research and development breakthrough for the NAF and the nation as a huge foreign exchange saver, given that the project only cost about N4,000,000.00 compared to what would be required to have it done abroad,” NAF said.

However, the former President may have been referring to the purchase of six decommissioned Norwegian battleships, bought purportedly on behalf of the Navy by former Niger Delta militant leader, Government Ekpemupolo, also known as Tompolo.

The purchase had caused a huge row in Norway forcing that country’s military leadership to apologize to the lawmakers. The battleships were said to be used for anti-piracy operations on Nigerian waters. The Director of Information, Nigerian Navy, Commodore Christian Ezekobe, did not respond to our correspondent’s questions on the whereabouts of the battleships.


However a search on the Navy website revealed that the service has 24 battle ships purchased over several years while it still awaits one battleship built in China, NNS Unity.
The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) is seeking to add an additional C295W military aircraft to its fleet as the battle against Boko Haram reaches an advance stage.

NAF has been crucial to the recent victories recorded by the military in the Northeast, through series of sustained aerial bombardment of camps and locations of Boko Haram militants.
The aircraft is to be purchased from Airbus Defence and Space Company (Spain), which had earlier in the year made proposals to the NAF.
The Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, had played host to Spanish Ambassador to Nigeria, Alfonso Barnuevo Sebastian De Erice, who led two executives of Airbus Defence and Space Company to the NAF Headquarters and held discussions on the company’s proposal to sell the C295W military aircraft to the NAF.

According to NAF, based on its operational capabilities, the aircraft was considered suitable to meet some of its operational needs, including Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) and airlift operations.
The air force has also recommended the aircraft for acquisition and provisions have been made for this in the 2017 budget proposal.

The CAS urged the visiting team to start looking into training areas for NAF pilots and technicians on the aircraft.
This, he said, is with a view to ensuring a smooth take-off for the operation of the aircraft in the event of its approval by the Federal Government.

The Nation cullage

39 comments:

  1. This is how they will push this case back and forth till 2019. Then they will play their Joker to garner votes for the election of that year. All na wash.

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  2. Hmmm...I admired this man Jonathan in some of the things that he did but I also believe he was very corrupt. Your subordinates cannot be corrupt without you, the leader, being corrupt! It's impossible. Having said that, I also believe the administration of Buhari is being hypocritical in the way and manner it pursues it's anti-corruption drive. Every single APC top dog is corrupt and they all have glaring corruption history. But again...what do I know. Corruption is a way of life in Naija. People do thanksgiving to the god of corruption in this country. All public structures, government positions and political machinery, public and private sector works, in fact every every in Nigeria is oiled and lubricated by corruption.


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  3. Useless people doing everything to rubbish Jonathan!...
    He bought unsophiscated arms and aircraft yet you people used the same fake arms as you claimed to fight boko haram!...

    Which one did una messiah Vuharia bought?...
    In his campaign he said he would follow you people to Sambisa to fight boko haram when elected but what is happening today?...
    Ndi chineke nna buru onu!...

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    1. I wonder o so Buhari within a short time bought sophisticated arms when it was him shouting no money, I keep saying it not all of us are dumb in this country, Jonathan maybe didn't buy so much but he bought things let's face the truth, money was stolen too by Dasuki,but saying they never bought anything is a big fat lie.

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    2. Useless animal ar u still talking? Shameless bitch, jonathan is a failure accept it or not. D blood of wasted souls ll surely destroy him. Buhari didn't follow them to sambisa forest but they still won d war against boko haram. May thunder of GOD strick u dis morning. Heartless bitch. U don't Av little sympathy to those who lost thier souls cos of jonathan carelessness and wicked way he handle d arms issue. U shall av no peace in ur life.bastard

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    3. Linda eze,u jst a bush,illiterate bitter housewife! Nne biko get busy! U exude uncouth attributes in dis blog and it's nt good! Ur languages are rass,ur diction not well lettered coupled wit d bad advise u give to innocent naive women on dis blog! Kai! Nne get busy biko! Get a job or get sometin to do wit ur idle life inugo? Tufiaka gi! *spits on u tueh*

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    4. Linda eze,u jst a bush,illiterate bitter housewife! Nne biko get busy! U exude uncouth attributes in dis blog and it's nt good! Ur languages are rass,ur diction not well lettered coupled wit d bad advise u give to innocent naive women on dis blog! Kai! Nne get busy biko! Get a job or get sometin to do wit ur idle life inugo? Tufiaka gi! *spits on u tueh*

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    5. Linda, pls ignore the fools under ur comment. You have said nothing but the truth. Is it not the same 'unsophisticated' weapons buhari used to fight boko haram?

      Jonathan may have been slow in his fight against bh, I won't even argue that but no one can say, in all honesty that this man didn't buy weapons. Did buhari get d weapons by magic?

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    6. Anonymous gangster.27 October 2016 at 11:56

      Linda is busy. She does MMM.

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    7. Hehehe!

      Sotee person don call am wrinlked ogiri!!!

      Ogiri Nkpor!

      Which one did una Buhari bought? Just negodu oyibo this woman na asu. Go back to coal camp.

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  4. For the fact that the anonymous claimed that GEJ ADMINISTRATION bought 3fairly used (tokunbo) alpha jet, 2 helicopters,etc God have vindicated for GEJ. I rest my case.

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    1. And they cost $2.2 billion? U sound very clueless Anon.

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    2. @ zoo, I thought they claimed that GEJ never bought anyyyyyy weapon. EWU.

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  5. Reading through I didn't see anywhere it was stated that he never bought them
    According to them, the ones he bought were unserviceable and useless

    Nonsense talk!
    And why does it always have to be an 'anonymous' source?
    When they make up false stories that's when the 'sources' never want to be mentioned

    I see through their lies.

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    1. Exactly, always anonymous sources. Apc should try harder with their propaganda

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  6. You are just a small fool

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  7. The Nation tissue paper with their usual lies and propaganda. When will Tinibu quit this show of shame. His northern slave masters have relegated him to the kitchen.

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  8. The poster above me has no sense

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  9. Stella, pro Jonathan/ pdp Internet trolls have invaded all popular blogs in Nigeria to spread propaganda against this government. Linda ikeji is part of this scheme. These trolls will do anything to achieve their purpose

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  10. That is what happens when you send people message too much without monitoring what they do

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  11. Too early to have politicians headache. Stella bring up delicacy post.

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  12. This govt will do anything to tarnish Jonathan's good image

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  13. Hahahahahahaha queen queen I luv u.

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  14. Why do they even want to be anonymous if not that they are telling lies. If you are being honest, with enough evidence then step forward and present it. Useless people .

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  15. Anyone that takes the military hierachy serious is not wise.
    Is it the same military that said pmb didnt have certificate that are now talking and you people believe? Smp

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    1. The same military that killed shekau several times. The guy no gree die

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    2. ...and the same military who insulted shekau.

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  16. Finally they agreed he bought something. Can you buy something for $2.2 bill and still have a balance of $2.2???

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  17. Which one did una messiah vuharia bought? Lyk seriously did u just type dis?chei English na bastard oooo

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  18. Accusations n denials DTS d story of Nigeria, just painful DT we find ourselves in such mess, I really pray that someday we might just get it right, sighsssss

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  19. This kwantry can pass for a new season of fuji house... funny country indeed!! jesus take the wheel

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  20. Jonathan's statements are rubbish. You can buy weapons from the 2.2billion and still steal from the same 2.2 billion. All the moneis people have been reported to accept receiving are from the 2.2billion. If you add all so far traced, do they amount to 2.2billion. A president that is imagining where the money they are calling is from is not worth the name. Can he today account for the 2.2billion and let's see if what weapons he bought would amount to 2.2billion.

    He is simply a disgrace.

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  21. And we just dey look them...

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