Nigerians have taken to social media to call on EFCC to probe the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai who acquired 2 houses worth N120 Million in Dubai.
While the Nigerian Army yesterday denied media reports that the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, acquired the Dubai and paid for it in a single transaction, and suggested that he bought them with his personal savings in 2013, Nigerians are beginning to question the ability of the Army chief to acquire such luxurious property with savings from his salary.
Others have suggested that Buratai should equally be questioned by the EFCC if President Buhari’s anti-corruption war is fair and just.
The Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col. Sani Usman, said in a statement on Saturday that while it was true that the Buratai family had two properties in Dubai, they were bought with personal savings in 2013.
Usman further more explained that the army chief had consistently declared the properties along others in his assets declaration form as Commander, Multinational Joint Task Force and the Chief of Army Staff and described the report as a smear campaign which was designed to malign the image of the chief of army staff.
He said that similar moves to smear the image of the COAS in March 2016 could not fly because the allegation by the ‘Concerned Soldiers and Officers from the North-East ‘ were untrue.
He said, ‘It is a fact that the Buratai family has two properties in Dubai that were paid for on instalment basis through personal savings three years ago.
“This, along with other personal assets, has consistently been declared by General Buratai in his Assets Declaration Form as Commander Multinational Joint Task Force Commander and as Chief of Army Staff.