Contrary to efforts by certain interests to portray the Dr. Goodluck Jonathan administration in bad light over security spendings, the immediate past National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd), has opened up on how the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan facilitated the acquisition of hitherto elusive weaponry in the last one year and recovered many local governments that had been occupied by Boko Haram terrorists.
Sambo, who has been a subject of media focus since his homes in Abuja and Sokoto were invaded by operatives of the Department of State Security Services (DSS) the same week he left office on the eve of Eid Fitri 2015, named some of the deciding acquisitions to include Alpha jets, APCs, MRAP vehicles, advanced artillery pieces, assorted arms and ammunitions, highly sophisticated surveillance drones, T72 and carried out modification of F7 supersonic jet fighters.
Dasuki told PRNigeria that “The armored tanks have comprehensive NBC protection system, just
as we deployed Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles that we bought and could withstand improvised explosive evice (IED) attacks and ambushes. The vehicles had protected our troops from the land mine threats.
“We are glad that we also provided assorted Armoured Personnel Carriers to transport troops to
the battlefield. They are armed for self-defence and to provide protection from attacks from
shrapnel and small arms fire.
“All these were acquired in the last one year
after years of frustration by Western powers who
denied us of the equipment and sabotage our
efforts to acquire same from other sources
which are reasons for some delay in delivery.”
According to him, some other arms already paid for by the previous administration are due to be delivered soon. “It was unfortunate that some elements are frustrating the efforts as we even had to query some suppliers for delay in delivery of arms and ammunition,” he added.