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Goodluck Jonathan ‘Ex-president bought second-hand jets with no weapons,’ Military sources say

Jonathan made the claim on Monday, October 24, while speaking at the Oxford Union in the United Kingdom (UK).

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Former President, Goodluck Jonathan

(Telegraph UK)

Sources in the Nigerian military have denied claims by former President Goodluck Jonathan that his administration bought warships and aircraft.

Jonathan made the claim on Monday, October 24, while speaking at the Oxford Union in the United Kingdom (UK) in defence of former National Security Adviser (NSA), Sambo Dasuki  who has been accused of stealing $2.2 billion meant for the purchase of arms.

“I don’t believe somebody can just steal $2.2 billion; we bought warships, we bought aircraft, we bought lots of weapons for the army and so on and so forth and you are still saying 2.2billion, so where did we get the money to buy all those things?” Jonathan said.

The military sources however told The Nation that the Jonathan administration bought unusable equipment for the war against Boko Haram.

One source said that the Jonathan administration bought at least three fairly used jets and two helicopters, but the jets were “not worth anything because they were not weaponised and the helicopters were cannibalised.”

“The two aircraft are among the four Alpha Jets bought from the United States in 2015 by the immediate past administration to enhance the operational capability of the NAF to combat Boko Haram insurgency in the Northeast,” the source said.

“The aircraft, however, before now, could not be deployed in the theatre of operation due to the inherent weapon delivery deficiency, hence its limited use for training purposes,” the source added.

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Jonathan also said, during his speech, that his administration fought corruption but was less noisy about it.

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