The Chairman, House of Representatives Ad Hoc Committee on Nigeria-United States of America Relations/Inter-Parliamentary Affairs, Rep. Johnson Agbonayinma, on Tuesday dismissed Transparency International’s claims of corruption in the Nigeria Army.
The lawmaker while speaking to journalists in Abuja disclosed TI was doing the bidding of aggrieved politicians who want to dent the image of the Army.
Recall, a recent Transparency International’s report stated the military’s lack of transparency was hindering President Muhammadu Buhari’s fight against corruption.
Agbonayinma’s words: “Corrupt military officials have been able to benefit from the conflict through the creation of fake defence contracts, the proceeds of which are often laundered abroad in the UK, US and elsewhere.
“This makes it difficult for the military to acquire the required equipment and training to take on the militants who are armed with sophisticated weapons.’’
He said he was worried about the report coming from Transparency International and it was an orchestration, manufactured by political gladiators, scripted by the political gladiators to discredit the military at this particular time.
“For me, it is something that if care is not taken we are sitting on a keg of gun powder. Politicians should not heat up the system.
“We shouldn’t use the Transparency International to blackmail the military; until proven guilty, you are innocent.
“Just bringing up a report that was cooked up by the political gladiators – we are in the 21st century, we should try not to whip up sentiments to confuse Nigerians to begin to have the fear of the unknown.
“I am not saying the military is 100 per cent perfect, that is not what I’m saying, but before you start pointing accusing fingers at anybody you must have facts and figures so that the populace will be well informed.
“In every sector of this country you will see corruption everywhere. We must be constructive in our dealings and conduct proper investigation to ascertain those who have erred and those who were involved knowingly and unknowingly.”
The lawmaker advised the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.- Gen. Tukur Buratai to reveal the politicians planning with soldiers to stage a coup in Nigeria.