Femi Adesina also said the vehicles were in line with the statutory entitlements of former Heads of states and Presidents of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Following reports in the media that Sambo Dasuki said he gave $300,000 to President Buhari, his media aide has released an official statement.
According to Vanguard Newspapers, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina confirmed that Mr. President received two jeeps because he was forced to.
He said “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.”
The President’s media aide also said the vehicles were in line with the statutory entitlements of former Heads of states and Presidents of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Adesina said “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.”
Adding that “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."
Sambo Dasuki and four other individuals have been charged to court for money laundering and criminal breach of trust amounting to 13.570 billion naira ($68.2 million).