Nigeria – Special Adviser to the president on Media, Femi Adesina, yesterday denied that President Muhammadu Buhari Collected the sum of $300,000 from embattled former National Security Adviser Sambo Dasuki, as the latter claimed.
He however explained that the president got SUVs from the previous administration after an attack on him in Kaduna, which he said was mandated by the Nigerian law for every former head of state.
The man, (who hardly uses Twitter) poured out numerous tweets yesterday night, explaining the presidency’s position.
“While it is true that one armoured SUV and one untreated SUV were sent to the President in the aftermath of the attack, the vehicles were in keeping with his entitlements as a former Head of State under the Remuneration of Former Presidents and Heads of State (And other Ancillary Matters) Decree of 1999.
“Section 3, Sub Section 1 of that Decree provides that three vehicles will be provided for Former heads of state and replaced every four years. There was therefore nothing untoward, illegal or tending to corruption in former Head of State Buhari and Presidential aspirant, as he then was, receiving vehicles, to which he was statutorily entitled , from the Federal Government of Nigeria.
“President Buhari had in keeping with his austere, spartan and frugal disposition shunned most of his entitlements as a former Head of State but was prevailed upon by his supporters to accept the two vehicles for his personal safety in the aftermath of the dastardly attempt to assassinate him.It is preposterous to think that the President will allow his acclaimed reputation of honesty and incorruptibility to be tarnished by accepting a questionable monetary compensation from a discredited regime,” he added.