Top Nigerians yesterday gave their reasons why Chief Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, must resign from his position or be sacked by President Muhammadu Buhari, following the revelation that he bought two houses in Dubai, worth $1.5m. INFORMATION NIGERIA has put together 7 reasons by them.
1.Femi Falana, SAN; Buratai could not have saved that much legitimately
How an army General managed to save $1.5m has not been disclosed to Nigerians. Since the General was in charge of procurement for the Nigerian Army at the material time, the cock and bull story of the military high command has been called names,”
“If the Chief of Army Staff does not deem it fit to resign forthwith, President Buhari should not hesitate to remove him in the interest of national morality.
2.SERAP’s executive director, Adetokunbo Mumuni said for the anti-corruption war to be seen as fair
“The buck stops at the table of the EFCC and ICPC to investigate the COAS. Did Buratai and his two wives acquired the property in Dubai and paid for it in a single transaction?.
“As a civil servant, how much had he received in salaries and emoluments? Are these big enough to acquire the properties? For the anti-corruption war to be seen as fair and not selective, the anti-graft agencies must investigate Buratai. It is their duty,”
3.Second Republic House of Representatives member, Dr. Junaid Mohammed says because he was part of them
“The fact that he was a long serving Director of Procurement at Defence Headquarters when some of the nastiest procurements were made, not only for the Army but for the Armed Forces, makes it incumbent on him to vacate his seat.
4.Chief Mike Ozekhome; To prove that APC’s war against corruption isn’t selective
Let the government for once prove us wrong that its so called anti-corruption war is not targeted at profiled opponents by putting him through trial as a serving military officer. Just for once, I want to be proved wrong.”
5.Publicity Secretary of Afenifere, Mr. Yinka Odumakin says because his defense is weak
“His position has become untenable with that expose and very weak, feeble and sloppy defence. It is preposterous to ask the Federal Government that cleared him, to now fire him. And resignation is not in the dictionary of Nigerian officials but he obviously is a blight on the anti-corruption war.”
6. Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, John Cardinal Onaiyekan, says its our money that is if he’s found guilty
“I am not one of those who believe that when somebody has stolen a lot of money, you simply retire or sack the person. That is not what it should be; if it is stealing, he should be made to return the money. It is not a question of sacking somebody and you feel that is the punishment.
7.How much does he earn as an army officer; National Publicity Secretary of the National Advance Party, Mr. Tosin Odeyemi.
“I believe Gen. Buratai should resign immediately. Where did he get such money to buy the properties in question? How much has he earned since he joined the Army? Does he have another business?
“He should first resign and a proper investigation should be conducted to ascertain the truth. Thank God he is already at the pinnacle of his career. If he is found guilty, then he should be prosecuted. But he should be honoured and probably elevated if he is found to be guiltless.”