In a bid to improve credibility and curb corruption, Nigeria’s Army Chief, Lt. Gen Tukur Yusuf Buratai has ordered all officers to declare their assets. In a statement issued by the army spokesman, Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman, he stated that all Nigerian military officers have presidential commission and are public servants and they should be one of the key drivers of the current government’s anti-corruption drive. The spokesman also disclosed that Lt. Gen Buratai had publicly declared his assets on assumption of office as the Chief of Army Staff in July 2015
It will be recalled that the former National Security Adviser, retired Colonel Sambo Dasuki, ex-defense minister Bello Haliru and a number of others are currently facing several charges related to a $2.1 Billion arms scandal.
Also earlier on January 15, 2016, President Muhammadu Buhari ordered the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to investigate 20 retired and serving military officials over alleged arms procurement fraud between 2007 and 2015. Among the officers being investigated are the former chief of defense staff, Alex Sabundu Badeh, and two former chiefs of the Nigerian Air Force, Mohammed Dikko Umar and Adesola Amosu.