Demand for Buratai’s probe, plot to distract anti-corruption crusade – Adamu Song


The former national chairman of the defunct Alliance for Democracy, Alhaji Adamu Song has said that probing the Chief of Army Staff, General Tukur Buratai, over alleged ownership of$US1.5million foreign assets would amount to dissipation of energy and a waste of time by the Federal Government.
Song said that the demand for an investigation into Buratai’s ownership of the assets in Dubai, United Arab Emirate was only a ploy to distract the government from effectively continuing its ongoing anti-corruption crusade.
Many prominent Nigerians have lent their voice to the demands for a probe of the COAS over his foreign assets.
But Song in an exclusive interview with our correspondent urged President Muhammadu Buhari not to accede to their requests.
The former national chairman of the defunct AD stressed that President Buhari should see the calls for Buratai’s probe as part of the strategy by those who had fallen into the trap of the antigraft agencies to fight back.
He stated that the cabal exposed by the activities of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission had begun to secretly retaliate while using the Buratai issue as a cover.
Song said, “We are talking about Gen. Buratai who has been a general on foreign duty for five during which he was entitled to not less than $450 per day. So, with this and other benefits, would he not be able to afford assets abroad? Or do you see any politician in Nigeria who cannot afford N150m worth property abroad, not to talk of someone who had been in foreign service outside the country?”
Song therefore advised the president to focus on the ongoing fight against corruption, which he said had scored him high.
He argued that many of the Nigerian politicians who had been demanding Buratai’s probe needed to be scrutinized for the atrocities they, too, might have committed in the past.
“I have said it earlier; we have a lot of politicians who deserve to be scrutinized in this country. All along we have never spoken about anybody that consumed anything that is less than $US- 100million from our treasury. Meanwhile, these are the people who have consumed billions of dollars and now, they have the intention to divert attention with flimsy issue of Buratai’s assets in Dubai.
“Whereas, the assets they are talking about, its particulars have not indicated Buratai alone owns them. And if I may ask, is the Buratai family not entitled to do any business because he is the chief of army staff? This is the part of corruption fighting back I told you earlier”, he said.