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Dubai Property: Femi Falana Tells Buhari To Fire Buratai

Posted: Jul 10, 2016 at 5:02 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), a Lagos-based human rights lawyer, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to fire Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, the Chief of Army Staff, if the army chief does not voluntarily resign following the scathing revelation that he purchased properties worth $1.5million in Dubai.

He said allowing Buratai to continue in office in the face of this revelation is against the interest of national morality.

Falana, who spoke in a statement on Sunday, said despite Buratai’s commendable   role in leading the Nigerian Army to weaken Boko Haram in the North East, the war on corruption was also a must-win for the Buhari Administration.

He ?described as a “cock and bull story” the explanation by the Nigerian Army authorities that Buratai paid for the properties in installments through his personal savings, even as he regretted that the name of the Nigerian Army had been “illegally” used to ?defend the Buratai in the unfolding scam.

He said his reason for condemning the involvement of the Nigerian Army in defending Buratai, is because no one had yet to explain to Nigerians how an army general could manage to save $1.5million.

“In view of the ban on the opening and operation of foreign accounts by public officers, the Code of Conduct Bureau should be involved in the investigation.

“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,” the human rights lawyer said.

Falana praised the Buhari for how he has handled cases involving military officers allegedly involved ?in the diversion of the sum of $15billion meant for procurement of arms for the prosecution of the war against terror in the North-East.

He explained that the diversion of the fund allowed the Boko Haram insurgents to kill about 25,000 Nigerians and displaced two million others, including children.

He also said since the Buhari Administration had assured Nigerians that there would be no sacred cow in the fight against corruption, Buratai should step down and allow a full scale investigation by the Arms Procurement Panel (APP) and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).