Nigeria spends N4.62 trillion on National Security in 5 years, yet widespread insecurity remains

Nigeria Army

Amidst claims by Nigerian security agencies that they are being underfunded, PREMIUM TIMES can authoritatively report today that a total N4.62trillion has been allocated to the federal security sector in the past five years.

How this huge sum was spent however remains unclear as there are no reliable performance reports by the security agencies.

Year after year, the security sector continues to gulp the highest chunk of the country’s expenditures.

In the 2015 budget for instance, N934billion was allocated for the security sector, the highest for the year.

The figures for 2011 and 2012 were N920billion and N924billion respectively while N923billion each was thrown at the sector in 2013 and 2014.

Yet, Nigeria continues to face attacks from the extremist Boko Haram group, whose activities have claimed over 11,000 lives in the last five years.

Kidnappings, crude oil theft, armed robbery and other sundry crimes are also widespread across the country.

The heads of the country’s security agencies have repeatedly claimed allocations to the sector were insufficient to equip the armed forces and make them operationally efficient to deliver on their mandates.

Within the period  under review (2011- 2015), the Office of the National Security Adviser got a capital allocation of N240billion while the Defence Ministry got N206billion making the capital allocations to the Office of the National Security Adviser higher than that allocated to the entire Defence Ministry, which includes the Army, Navy and Airforce.

In recent years, the Ministry of Defence has refused to make its spending public, making it difficult to track the nation’s investment on the military and allied agencies.

Anti-corruption activists believe the practice of concealing security spending is antithetical to probity and accountability.

“The absence of disclosure, backed by law and practice effectively makes the security sector the most prone to contract inflation and ineffective service delivery,” said Seember Nyager, executive director of Public and Private Development Centre.

“The high risk and probability of contract inflation in itself fuels the (Boko Haram) insurgency because no amount of resources would ever be sufficient to contain a system with unchecked leaks.”

The Lead Partner at BudgIT, a transparency advocacy group, Oluseun Onigbinde, added, “It is very important to request accountability into these funds as Nigeria will need to ensure that process of arms acquisition which is grossly hidden does not lead to opportunity by public officials to acquire illicit wealth.”

The infographics below presents a detailed overview of Nigeria’s budgetary allocation to the security sector in the past five years.


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  • Malik Isah

    what security?

  • Berg Mitchelle

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    MEDIA ADVISER-: Talking about what? Maigida! Yuour Hexellency! I am here.
    Pa ARISTO -: The West Germerni blunder…. And of course the Fresident Michellin disaster
    MEDIA ADVISER-: Well, yuour Hexellency, there is nothing we can do about it now. But I have an idea…
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    Pa ARISTO -: But we need to make this a top secret. What do you think?
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  • Berg Mitchelle

    .

    Pa ….ARISTO -: Usman! …….Usman!! Usman!!!…….
    MEDIA ADVISER-: Maigida! Yuour Hexellency! I am here.
    Pa ….ARISTO -: Walahi… Walahi Usman! I am not haffi at all
    MEDIA ADVISER-: Maigida! But Why? What is the problem? Are you sick?
    Pa …. ARISTO -: No, not really sick. But I have disgraced myself. People are talking about it around the world
    MEDIA ADVISER-: Talking about what? Maigida! Yuour Hexellency! I am here.
    Pa …..ARISTO -: The West Germerni blunder…. And of course the Fresident Michellin disaster
    MEDIA ADVISER-: Well, yuour Hexellency, there is nothing we can do about it now. But I have an idea…
    Pa ….ARISTO -: Yes Usman. That is why I called you. What is yuour suggestion?
    MEDIA ADVISER-: Maigida, you have to register for WAEC private candidates exams. The forms are out.
    Pa ….ARISTO -: What? Usman! …….are you ok? At 75? Don’t you know my age?
    MEDIA ADVISER-: Forget about the age, to prevent further disgrace in future, you have to excite the brain.
    Pa ….. ARISTO -: Ok. I am ready but I hope my brain will respond. So how do we go about it?
    MEDIA ADVISER-: I will organize private teachers for you and you will take the exams as a special candidate
    Pa ….ARISTO -: But we need to make this a top secret. What do you think?
    MEDIA ADVISER-: Gaskia yuour Hexenllency. Top secret fa!

    • Dazmillion

      This is what you wasted your time writing. I hope Olisa Metu is paying enough to be wasting your life on the Internet

    • redeem

      President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the release of $21 million, which is the equivalence of N4.2 billion as part of the $100 million pledge made by Nigeria to the Multi-National Joint Task Force to combat Boko Haram.
      This is the second function President Buhari has performed towards the fight against Boko Haram. The first was going to confer with his Chadian and Nigeriene colleagues in order to find a lasting solution to the worries of terrorism.
      The announcement by President Buhari that he was going to Chad in search of solution to Boko Haram problems elicited a lot of reactions from Nigerians who viewed it as the height of hypocrisy as the then opposition All Progressives Congress, APC and its presidential candidate then, General Muhammadu Buhari lampooned President Goodluck Jonathan for seeking the collaboration of Nigeria’s neighbors in the fight against Boko Haram terrorists.
      Prior to the election, the APC presidential candidate then described it as a disgrace for Nigeria to depend on her neighbors to combat Boko Haram. “It’s a big disgrace for Nigeria. It is now Cameroon and Chad fighting the insurgency more than Nigeria. We will build the capacity and Nigeria should be able to secure its territorial integrity,” Buhari told Reuters on February 6, 2015.
      Also delivering his paper at the famed Chatham House in London, General Buhari painted a gory picture of the insurgency and condemned what he described as Nigeria’s dependence on her neighbours for the fight.
      “Boko Haram has sadly put Nigeria on the terrorism map, killing more than 13,000 of our nationals, displacing millions internally and externally, and at a time holding on to portions of our territory the size of Belgium. What has been consistently lacking is the required leadership in our battle against insurgency. I, as a retired general and a former head of state, have always known about our soldiers: they are capable, well trained, patriotic, brave and always ready to do their duty in the service of our country.
      “You all can bear witness to the gallant role of our military in Burma, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Darfur and in many other peacekeeping operations in several parts of the world. But in the matter of this insurgency, our soldiers have neither received the necessary support nor the required incentives to tackle this problem. The government has also failed in any effort towards a multi-dimensional response to this problem leading to a situation in which we have now become dependent on our neighbours to come to our rescue,” Buhari said then.
      Arising from the above, many Nigerians found it reprehensibly hypocritical for the APC and President Buhari to still toe the same line of the fight they abhorred and criticized while President Jonathan held sway.
      The opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP described President Buhari’s trip to Chad and Niger as indicative of the fact President Buhari and the APC have nothing to offer. “The APC must understand that the hallmark of democracy is freedom of expression and opinion, particularly on governance issues; inalienable rights of all citizens guaranteed by the constitution and which must not be denied them under any guise whatsoever.
      “Though we had decided to give President Muhammadu Buhari and the ruling party sometime to settle down, indicators show that the APC is not getting its bearing right and the PDP as a party that has nurtured and sustained democracy in the last 16 years, we cannot fold our hands and watch our nation drift towards dangerous undemocratic paths”, the party said.
      Coming in defense of the President, APC through its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed said President Buhari should be commended instead of vilified. APC said that any solution to the crisis brought about by Boko Haram must be regional in nature as it has now assumed a regional dimension, affecting many countries in West Africa.
      “Besides, it said since terrorism has assumed a global dimension, no nation, not even the superpower United States, can fight the growing menace alone. This is why even in our days in opposition, we advocated a regional solution to the crisis,’’ APC said.
      The party said President Buhari’s trip to Niger and Chad, two of the countries worst hit by the Boko Haram insurgency, showed that he
      understands the regional dimension that the insurgency has assumed, and that for any effort by Nigeria to yield positive results, it must seek the cooperation of its neighbouring countries.
      Also, in a couple of days, President Buhari will be off too Cameroon in the same search for Boko Haram solution, which contradicts the campaign promises of the APC and the president. During their numerous campaign tours, the party and the president promised to end Boko Haram insurgency by the end of July. However, based on the numerous diplomatic shuttles of the President, which was the same thing ex-President Jonathan did, the July deadline may after all not be feasible. WHAT A SHAME

      • Dundees

        But how can someone who cannot even remember the name of the Country and President he is visiting preside over the $21m he is pledging? My Niger Delta oil monies going down the drain – Once again in the hands of abokis.

  • eddy

    We had rogues in power… quite unfortunate.

  • SAM .A

    Is Executive President Elect on the the premise of CORRUPTION & Insecurity PMB going into silence mood ?What about this massive bleeding of a Nation by well known PDP members & few APC ? See the amount wasted on insecurity by the Army top hierarchy , Jonathan & his cohorts,.What about Dezeani ,Madueke Ngozi Nweala., are they going to be forgotten so soon?
    Please don’t sweep this gargantuan Corruption under Carpet o. None could hide it.
    Good job Premium Times.

  • Comfortkay

    That is the scale of how far PDP has finished Nigeria-

  • redeem

    President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the release of $21 million, which is the equivalence of N4.2 billion as part of the $100 million pledge made by Nigeria to the Multi-National Joint Task Force to combat Boko Haram.
    This is the second function President Buhari has performed towards the fight against Boko Haram. The first was going to confer with his Chadian and Nigeriene colleagues in order to find a lasting solution to the worries of terrorism.
    The announcement by President Buhari that he was going to Chad in search of solution to Boko Haram problems elicited a lot of reactions from Nigerians who viewed it as the height of hypocrisy as the then opposition All Progressives Congress, APC and its presidential candidate then, General Muhammadu Buhari lampooned President Goodluck Jonathan for seeking the collaboration of Nigeria’s neighbors in the fight against Boko Haram terrorists.
    Prior to the election, the APC presidential candidate then described it as a disgrace for Nigeria to depend on her neighbors to combat Boko Haram. “It’s a big disgrace for Nigeria. It is now Cameroon and Chad fighting the insurgency more than Nigeria. We will build the capacity and Nigeria should be able to secure its territorial integrity,” Buhari told Reuters on February 6, 2015.
    Also delivering his paper at the famed Chatham House in London, General Buhari painted a gory picture of the insurgency and condemned what he described as Nigeria’s dependence on her neighbours for the fight.
    “Boko Haram has sadly put Nigeria on the terrorism map, killing more than 13,000 of our nationals, displacing millions internally and externally, and at a time holding on to portions of our territory the size of Belgium. What has been consistently lacking is the required leadership in our battle against insurgency. I, as a retired general and a former head of state, have always known about our soldiers: they are capable, well trained, patriotic, brave and always ready to do their duty in the service of our country.
    “You all can bear witness to the gallant role of our military in Burma, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Darfur and in many other peacekeeping operations in several parts of the world. But in the matter of this insurgency, our soldiers have neither received the necessary support nor the required incentives to tackle this problem. The government has also failed in any effort towards a multi-dimensional response to this problem leading to a situation in which we have now become dependent on our neighbours to come to our rescue,” Buhari said then.
    Arising from the above, many Nigerians found it reprehensibly hypocritical for the APC and President Buhari to still toe the same line of the fight they abhorred and criticized while President Jonathan held sway.
    The opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP described President Buhari’s trip to Chad and Niger as indicative of the fact President Buhari and the APC have nothing to offer. “The APC must understand that the hallmark of democracy is freedom of expression and opinion, particularly on governance issues; inalienable rights of all citizens guaranteed by the constitution and which must not be denied them under any guise whatsoever.
    “Though we had decided to give President Muhammadu Buhari and the ruling party sometime to settle down, indicators show that the APC is not getting its bearing right and the PDP as a party that has nurtured and sustained democracy in the last 16 years, we cannot fold our hands and watch our nation drift towards dangerous undemocratic paths”, the party said.
    Coming in defense of the President, APC through its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed said President Buhari should be commended instead of vilified. APC said that any solution to the crisis brought about by Boko Haram must be regional in nature as it has now assumed a regional dimension, affecting many countries in West Africa.
    “Besides, it said since terrorism has assumed a global dimension, no nation, not even the superpower United States, can fight the growing menace alone. This is why even in our days in opposition, we advocated a regional solution to the crisis,’’ APC said.
    The party said President Buhari’s trip to Niger and Chad, two of the countries worst hit by the Boko Haram insurgency, showed that he
    understands the regional dimension that the insurgency has assumed, and that for any effort by Nigeria to yield positive results, it must seek the cooperation of its neighbouring countries.
    Also, in a couple of days, President Buhari will be off too Cameroon in the same search for Boko Haram solution, which contradicts the campaign promises of the APC and the president. During their numerous campaign tours, the party and the president promised to end Boko Haram insurgency by the end of July. However, based on the numerous diplomatic shuttles of the President, which was the same thing ex-President Jonathan did, the July deadline may after all not be feasible.

  • public petitioners

    PUBLIC PETITION AGAINST GOODLUCK JONATHAN (1)

    Yes, Muhammadu Buhari has both age and knowledge
    limitations; agreed, but he’s shown less worse understanding of
    government than the execrable Goodluck Jonathan who, within 7 months
    in office, showed his hands as a career criminal.

    Nigerians woke up to hear JONATHAN sound a false alarm on
    January 1st, 2012 that Nigeria’s economy was about to collapse.
    Jonathan spun another yarn. He lied in his nationwide broadcast that
    smugglers were driving tankers full of petrol out of Nigeria across the
    borders. That was the moment JONATHAN became public enemy one.

    Riots followed and Jonathan’s strings of lies were all badly exposed by ensuing
    investigations. It became obvious to Nigerians that Jonathan lied to betray the
    country by covering up the oil subsidy thefts, like a criminal accomplice.

    • public petitioners

      ……..(2) Public petition against Goodluck Jonathan

      On the 2.2 trillion Naira oil subsidies theft, it was as likely as not that JONATHAN’S
      had a vested interest which impelled him into an accomplice’s role as his sole motive.
      For if Nigerians had bought his bogus tale by moonlight in that 1st January 2012
      nationwide broadcast, JONATHAN and his 48 SELECTED oil lifters would have shared
      the stolen sum of 2.2 TRILLION NAIRA – representing 25% of Nigeria’s federal budget –
      amongst themselves alone.

      Till today less than 7% of that STOLEN 2.2 TRILLION NAIRA has been recovered.
      Nobody has been convicted for it under Jonathan’s misrule of Nigeria where the
      letters of the law were choked to death by the president himself for thefts to thrive.

      President Buhari must take the cue and bring Jonathan to justice on this stolen fund;
      and also on the 4.5 billion dollars stolen by Jonathan’s associate – JIDE OMOKORE,
      which was uncovered last week; open an inquiry into airport renovations accounts
      that Goodluck Jonathan’s sweetheart STELLA ODUAH claimed to have spent opaquely.

      Then; revoke 400 hectares of land in Abuja that Jonathan awarded to himself in office,
      investigate the 10 billion flight costs by Jonathan’s other sweetheart – DIZEANI MADUEKE;
      and look into all defence contracts rendered opaque by Jonathan’s proxy-Ministers;
      without prejudice to a fresh and comprehensive audit of NNPC plus the Petroleum Ministry,
      and a forensic audit into contracts awarded in the Ministry of Power and sums received and
      disbursed in the unbundling of PHCN into Discos.

      • plain truth

        ARREST JIDE OMOKORE NOW and uphold the RULE OF LAW!!

  • Faka

    INVESTIGATION:
    ———The FULL speech from ‘West Germani’ ———-
    “…and I will express the tremendous sympathy which they have for this sub region, the lake Chad commission, their humanitarian approach to the issue —–ah, —- [Long wait for about 51secs]—to say the least bery bery pressive[impressive] and all up them are not only in Europe but prom President Obama to the chairman of G7, President Mitchelline of West Germany and Prench President [We thank God he did not attempt to call the name of French President], they are all wooling [willing] to help us and …..ah…., [waits for about 1minute]…to discuss to their chief of staffs or…”

    The above represents change. Exactly as you want it. If Prof Jonathan had made this blunder would PT have been silent on it?

    • Kuffor

      Wonderful! Does the Nigerian president not have handlers? Why did he not read from a prepared speech knowing that he is not properly educated?

    • Ugwenterbi

      Chineke!!! Duncee has disgraced Nigeria.

  • Dr Pat Mumuwole

    Clueless. Brainless. Vissionless. Certificateless…………………….and now, Memoryless. What is my name?

    • Julius

      Goodluck Jonathan Ebele Azikwe!!… You forgot a corrupt and morally bankrupt, a drunk .

    • Mosaku 147

      Zoologist Goodluck Ebele Azikiwe Jonathan. I am your one and only drunkdunce from Otuoke.

    • Koko

      The answer is President Mitchelle of West Germerni.

  • Balance???

    What was spent from 1999 – 2007?
    What was spent from 1999 – 2011?

  • Godfrey Etokebe

    How are we going to recover the 2 Billion naira that Buhari has just stolen from the Nigerian People?

    • Jika

      The same way we are going to recover the N4.6 Trillion stolen by his immediate predecessor(s)!!!!!!!!!

    • Marie-Louis

      It is going to be very difficult. How do you recover stolen monies from someone who has advanced memory loss problem? Imagine you travelling for 5hrs from abuja to Germany and then forgetting the name of the country while you are still there. Worse still, he forgot the name of the Chancellor. Haba! This is nauseating. Nigeria is in deep trouble.

    • richard amachree

      @godfreyetokebe:disqus

      The same way we will recover the money STOLEN at General Obasanjo’s request
      that ex-President Goodluck Jonathan dip his hands and take any amount of dollars
      from the Central Bank , and send to him – ostensibly for the use of President of Ghana
      whom the corrupt Obasanjo said was broke and in need of money for his personal use.

    • Ricochet

      Please, please, let’s not trivialize the meaning of stealing. Where a budget exists

      to finance a war operation, it is not stealing to allocate the money to a new strategy.

      There are estimates that nearly ₦10 trillion was stolen under Mr. Goodluck Jonathan.

      Money just dis-appeared, not even under a ruse, but simply dis-appeared without trace.

      So far, Jonathan and his cronies have been found liable to refund 3.2 TRILLION Naira.

      • Godfrey Etokebe

        Who appropriated the money?
        When was an entity such as mutlti national etc approved by NASS?
        How can you disburse such a huge amount of money to an entity that is not recognised by the Nigerian state through NASS legislature?

        Do you think of the sovereign intergrity of the supported members?
        Have their respective legislative arms of government sanctioned or approved such an entity?

        There are too many questions left unaswered.

        INFERENCE:

        This is simply a revelation of what and who Buhari represents. BUHARI is A FRAUDSTER until proven otherwise!!!

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    • damian

      @godfreyetokebe:disqus

      We must first of all concede that slow as he’s been, President Buhari has started on a good note.
      He shows what governance should mean because accountability is the first meaning of government.
      State governors can’t just take any amount of money for themselves. That would be a jungle instead.
      In a country, everyone must be made accountable for his or her action. That’s what government means.
      Goodluck Jonathan looked at government as meaning the same thing as STEALING. He was a criminal.

      • Godfrey Etokebe

        Elucidate the good notes of Buhari? Personally, I have seen NOTHING.

        • Burbank

          godfrey
          You are blind

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  • drajenifuja

    Editor Sir,

    Nigeria’s future is still in doubt

    It is my projection that Nigeria will collapse and fracture into autonomous units if
    oil price drops by 50% on top of 8 months salaries’ arrears because Nigeria is
    now a totally amoral country where theft is the national culture; and, in a country
    where stealing by officials is now in trillion of Naira, with the Nigerian people
    not minding to be robbed – being potential thieves themselves – nothing will be
    left to steal after the criminally-minded government officials steal the Lion’s share,
    with applause for that official theft from a most benighted national population
    the rest of the world are grateful to God not to have – a people without shame
    or honour. In truth, and to be blunt, democracy can never work in Nigeria.
    Only a bloody revolution can save such an immoral country.

  • Uncle Gaga (Bruce Wayne)

    Suddenly, the previous administrations handling of Boko Haram begins to make sense .

    Boko Haram was the Goose that laid their golden egg! As long as it remains a threat, they can continue to justify the insane amounts allocated to the security sector, funds that they promptly diverted!

    Even the death of tens of thousands of Nigerians and the kidnapping of school children and women could not cull their greed!

    • franktalk

      @UncleGaga:disqus

      But wait…there’s a puzzle in Nigeria but brain-dead Nigerians just can’t sense it.
      In just a week of taking office, Buhari detected a fraud of $4.5 billion dollars
      by Jonathan’s associate; named JIDE OMOKORE. The $4.5 billion is equal to all of
      ABACHA’S LOOT which Nigeria spent 15 years still trying to recover.

      Question is: how did BUHARI detect a fraud of that magnitude in just one week,
      which Jonathan did not detect in five years in office as so-called president of Nigeria?

      One answer is that GOODLUCK JONATHAN was never the president of Nigeria.
      Yes, he resided in the presidential house but irresponsibly refused to do the duties
      of the office and so Goodluck Jonathan was no better than a diagram. He was worse
      besides. He head-hunted JIDE OMOKORE as his business associate under the guise
      of “strategic partnership alliance” with Nigeria’s national oil corporation – NNPC.

      In their joint scam, Jonathan gave JIDE OMOKORE approval through a company
      just incorporated a day before. Little wonder JONATHAN covered up the stealing
      of Nigeria for his vested interest and pretended not to see the looting of Nigeria?

      • alexis

        “I worked with President Goodluck Jonathan. He is such a big disappointment –

        a young educated man that was supposed to have a Ph.D, doing things that do

        not have any sense at all. It was a betrayal of the educated people”.

        ………………..Festus Odimegwu

        (Former M.D Nigerian Breweries)

        [May, 2015]

        • Invitro

          ALL CRIMINALS DETECTED UNDER PRESIDENT JONATHAN

          WENT SCOT-FREE. THAT IS THE SUMMARY OF JONATHAN

          AS THE MOST CORRUPT PRESIDENT NIGERIA EVER HAD.

    • peoples colonel

      Uncle Gaga: Please mark my word. Goodluck Jonathan will be the first head of state to go to jail
      for stealing in Nigeria. Just mark my word! On-going investigations by President Buhari have uncovered
      3.4 trillion Naira stolen under Jonathan; including the theft of $4.5b done by Jonathan’s partner,
      Jide Omokore – who pocketed that 11% of Nigeria’s entire annual federal budget. That’s heist enough to
      put Jonathan behind bars for life and shut up his Ijaw nation in shame. The only complication ahead is the
      timing of his definite transfer to The Hague to face separate of mass killings trial of 8,000 northerners.

      • ‘ukwu

        Excuse me. Is Jonathan a human being? I don’t think so again,
        with all these things coming out now. See, about three years ago,
        Nigerian people caught this same Jonathan telling lies like a child,
        to help his criminal partners that he gave oil lifting contracts go
        scot-free with 2.2 TRILLION NAIRA. Which human being does that
        kind of a thing to his own country. Now another scandal has blown.
        This time, it is $4.5 billion dollars! Haha. If there is any law in this
        country there is no reason why a good Judge should not declare
        that Jonathan must die by hanging. He is not a human being.

        • share Idea

          I’m so surprised by the comments about this article. What does quoting of figures got to do with GEJ. Has PT said anything incriminating against GEJ, that security contracts are not made public like under conventional contracts are not in itself criminal. How many countries in the world advertise bidding contracts for their security.

          What is lacking in Nigeria, is that, average maths teacher wants to prove to heart consultant that he will be better than him in carrying out heart transplant. There is division of labour in life. That perticular amount was budgeted for a budget sub-head does not automatically mean that the whole amount was made available to the sub-head. The chunk of the budgeted amount from what PT reported went to police and what has funding of police got to do with prosecuting BH wars. It was sometime last twos years that current chief of Defense was giving reasons why they were not attacking BH forcefully, as a single bomb used then was costing $15k and there was not enough money to be using strong air power like you see in other countries like Syria or Iraq, then people were criticising him for mentioning cost savings as a hinderence to successful prosecution of the war.

          PT should stop planting sensational news stories that does not help the country. The first part of the chart suggested that over 4.6 trillion Naira is equal to over $236B which is ridiculous. Army is on record that command and control centre be relocated to Borno and Yobe are been equipped, does it mean that Buhari is now part of the cabal benefiting from BH war prosecution. Can PT carry out investigations into the kind of renovation going on in Aso Rock that Buhari can not move in to start operating from there. Nigeria we hail thee.

      • No Comment

        “Nigeria is no longer a country. It is not a country where people

        can live to survive. Nigeria is a place ruled by criminals and thieves,

        as well as by those who believe in plundering and looting.”

        …….. Mbazulike Amaechi

        (Nigeria’s first Minister of Aviation)

        [September 14th, 2014]

    • Kinky

      BOKO HARAM WAS THE ALIBI FOR DEFENCE MINISTERS AND GOODLUCK
      JONATHAN TO STEAL; TO LOOT AND TO PLUNDER NIGERIA’S TREASURY.

      • Ade

        Talking absolute rubbish. If GEJ is that intelligent to start boko haram, you think he will give up power. You Muslims guys should take responsibility of your faulty and bloody foundation by prophet mohammed and start deradicalising your followers.

        • olaitan davies

          @disqus_ujlYfTYSaV:disqus

          BUT JONATHAN IS TOO MUCH OF A ROGUE TO BE DEFENDED
          with ARGUMENT LIKE YOURS. JONATHAN IS A HARDENED CRIMINAL.
          HIS IMPRISONMENT FOR THEFT AND MURDER IS COMING SOON…..

    • msadah

      …stealing choked Nigeria under Goodluck Jonathan because
      he Goodluck Jonathan has no home training. A man who has
      home training does not steal. Jonathan just used the church..
      as a mask….but don’t most thieves wear masks to rob too?

      • Words on Marble

        @UncleGaga:disqus

        GOODLUCK JONATHAN was never
        the president of Nigeria. Yes, he resided in the presidential house but
        irresponsibly refused to do the duties of the office and so Goodluck Jonathan
        was no better than a diagram. He was worse besides. JONATHAN covered up the
        stealing of Nigeria for his own vested interest and pretended not to see the
        looting of Nigeria. The $4.5 billion theft done by Jonathan’s business partner –
        JIDE OMOKORE – is equal to all of ABACHA’S LOOT.

        • garry

          Nigeria will look suddenly different; nice and hopeful, if i wake up tomorrow
          and see Goodluck Jonathan in handcuffs on the way to a detention facility.

      • Julius

        I agree, the dude must be probed. I bet you he had cuts in the contracts. This is simply unacceptable and should not be swept away. I read somewhere about 2 years ago that he was one of the richest president on the planet. Can you imagine how rich he is now ?. Mind you, this wasnt said by some Nigerians but by the western intelligent agencies..CIA and co. Trust me they know more about our ‘secret’ even before we know we have a secret. We are making their country better, investing the monies in their economy. We do have issues..mental issues !

    • adamu2

      @UncleGaga:disqus

      APC would have failed a national duty should Goodluck Ebele Jonathan
      not be in detention all summer. His theft propensity is beyond compare.
      All his stolen assets must be recovered and his associates convicted
      and jailed as accomplices to stealing. If Buhari achieves just that in one
      term he’d have fulfilled his pledge to change Nigeria. But so long as this
      useless, near-illiterate Jonathan is free, and not in prison, Nigerians will
      never vote for APC party. Jonathan’s imprisonment is the real CHANGE
      of public morality and ethics that Nigerians can believe in.

      • Wande Akinwunmi

        Uncle Gaga:

        Kudos to Premium Times for this excellent report. It shows what happened under Jonathan.

        When rail contracts awarded are probed on costs and result; and when the airports’ remodelling

        by Stella Oduah is similarly probed, along with petroleum lifting contracts and swap deals, i can bet

        that Nigerians might themselves get so enraged and demand death penalty for Goodluck Jonathan.

        Goodluck Jonathan has terrible body odour because in his tenure he was plotting thefts throughout.

        • cucumber

          “With his trademark trite commentary, President Jonathan’s approach to
          issues is at best simplistic. Where quick thinking is needed to be deployed –
          backed by the resources available to his offices as president and
          commander-in-chief, he adopts a wait-and-see attitude.

          In the meantime, the bleeding remains. And when President Jonathan
          eventually rises to act, he institutes some weak idea that only serves as a
          temporary solution. There is rarely any show of brilliance in these decisions
          anyways. At best, again, his decisions and actions are mere shots in the dark.

          Little research is done to ascertain the viability or effectiveness of his actions,
          beyond some misguided supplication to whatever deity he and his supporters serve,
          that it works. It is why most of the decisions made by Jonathan’s government often
          result in little successes, if any”.

          ………………Folabi Ogunleye

          (Nigerian Village Square, Feb, 25, 2014)

    • Guguru

      Ding! Ding! Ding! Nice response.

      • national telescope

        ADOKE MOHAMMED WAS JONATHAN’S ATTORNEY-GENERAL AND WAS KEY
        TO ALL THE THEFTS AND SCAMS BY GOODLUCK JONATHAN AND THUS SHOULD
        HIMSELF BE APPEARING AT THE HAGUE FOR CRIMINAL NEGLIGENCE OF DUTY
        ON THE MATTER OF 8,000 NORTHERNERS KILLED UNDER JONATHAN’S REGIME.

    • Tonnero

      Na today yo know that one? The military was milking the nation through the Niger Delta. They supported and protected criminals and simply made their own loot while doing so. As soon as Boko Haram arrived, they were smart enough to know that bigger things had arrived. And, of course, they were funnelling upwards as usual. If you investigate all the service chiefs that have been in power since Jona, the ogogoro guzzling wanna-be president, came to power, you will probably find most of the money. But those guys are ready to kill o so beware.

  • Omotolaaraujo

    What was the Senate doing while all this was going on?

    • Tonnero

      Collecting their own share.

  • Lemmuel Odjay

    Who owns Minimah Estate currently under construction at Ikeja in Lagos State?

  • recce

    Everybody is a victim of JONATHAN’S THEFTS

    Jonathan spread poverty around with his selfish thefts. He then impoverished
    the masses; disgraced the Ijaw nation, and spilled the blood of under-equipped
    Nigerian soldiers just for him to get rich quick. So far, we know that Jonathan’s
    Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is liable to return 400 million, according
    to Buhari’s Transition Team. We also know that Jonathan himself is to refund
    $4.5 billion dollars through Jide Omokere with whom he was in criminal
    partnership.

    Thefts at that rate, as discovered by President Buhari,
    means the next four years may as well be devoted to recovering JONATHAN’’S
    LOOT in each and every Ministry, Department and Agency of government.
    When Nigerians groaned that Jonathan was doing nothing, he brushed their
    complaints aside with a fake smile REUBEN ABATI asked him to wear to horrify
    Nigerians less with his local scowl; hardened into a permanent creased frown by
    the extreme poverty of his upbringing. But he brushed it aside because he was
    busy thieving to overcompensate for his own poorish birth.

    • recce

      ………..(2) Everybody is a victim of JONATHAN’S THEFTS

      The result of Jonathan’s eye-watering theft is the the death en masse
      of Nigerians and of Nigerian soldiers for nothing. Purging the army in this
      context, as suggested by General Olusegun Obasanjo, makes no sense. Only few
      rogues benefited from JONATHAN’S THEFTS. But any further liberty granted to
      Jonathan to strut freely over the corpses of the honest and the diligent is an
      atrocious affront to public morality. It could provoke a revolution.

      President Buhari is confronted with a thief on four legs
      called Goodluck Ebele Jonathan. He does not need reminding
      that he’s confronted with a non-human being.

      The suggestion by General Danjuma makes more sense to the public.
      He said the Jonathan cabinet of thieves needs forensic probe. I sure agree.
      Each Minister and Special Adviser must face a financial probe panel since
      Jonathan was sheer pestilence across the land – a crude and cliquish rogue
      and one without shame. No one in Nigeria says Jonathan has a good reputation
      for being a man of his word. Hence, a thief was who was voted in 2007 to desecrate
      the very meaning of a Republic.Time Nigerians take revenge on this bloody Jonathan.

      • weydem

        “When Mr. Goodluck Jonathan said he did not ‘give a damn’ about declaring
        his assets, some people pretended not to understand the implications.
        The truth is that a man who does not give a damn about leading by character
        or accountability cannot inspire success, or productivity. As a result,
        Jonathan leads a system where his key people are free to pursue
        their own conquests; a system where merit does not count
        and evil is not punished”.

        …………….Sonala Olumhense

        (April 20th, 2014)

  • Words on Marble

    GOODLUCK JONATHAN was never
    the president of Nigeria. Yes, he resided in the presidential house; but
    he irresponsibly refused to do the duties of the office; and so, Goodluck Jonathan
    was no better than a diagram. He was worse besides. JONATHAN covered up the
    stealing of Nigeria for his own vested interest and he pretended not to see the
    looting of Nigeria. The $4.5 billion theft done by Jonathan’s criminal partner –
    JIDE OMOKORE – is equal to all of ABACHA’S LOOT.

    • olaitan d.

      THIS GOODLUCK EBELE JONATHAN IS A HARDENED CRIMINAL.

      HIS IMPRISONMENT FOR THEFT AND MURDER IS COMING SOON…..

      • alexis

        “I worked with President Goodluck Jonathan. He is such a big disappointment –
        a young educated man that was supposed to have a Ph.D, doing things that do
        not have any sense at all. It was a betrayal of the educated people”.

        ………………..Festus Odimegwu

        (Former M.D Nigerian Breweries)

        [May, 2015]

        • chief peter L. ochondu

          Chineke, na wa o! Na so this Ebele boy be? Ah, ah, this is bad!
          I didn’t know all these facts Premium Times is bringing out now.
          Why would i use my hand to vote for thief when dem no curse me.
          So it is JONATHAN LOOT that will now replace ABACHA’S LOOT?
          Kai, this boy called Ebele Jonathan has disgraced his family for life.
          He will be running up and down now to hide all the money he stole.
          But i fear that Nigerians can start slapping anybody bearing Jonathan.
          Inspector of Police should make a quick announcement on radio today.
          He must beg Nigerians to be patient for Police to arrest Ebele Jonathan.
          But Nigerians should not take themselves to slap anybody called Jonathan.
          That name is now a name of disgrace throughout Nigeria.

          • willy

            @Editor Premium Times,

            THE IJAW PEOPLE NEED A PSYCHOLOGIST FOR THEIR TRAUMA.
            GOODLUCK JONATHAN HAS MADE THE IJAW LOOK LIKE NUISANCE.

          • James Breen

            I am an Ijaw man and I dont need a psychologist. Jonathan’s transgressions are a matter between him, his conscience and God. For me, I am proud to be an Ijaw man, proud to be Nigerian and proud to be black.

        • Julius

          Thank you for bringing that out. The dude must answer some questions !. He was simply incompetent and a thief

  • redeem

    Elections are over and done with——time for the hooligans in APC to get down to work–all these figures does not make sense–It would have if the number of Nigerians killed by Boko haram—Maitasine among other religious riots are matched against the figures–Buhari should be told to stop dragging the nation backward with his fight against Jonathan.-Blamining Jonathan for the color of lipstick on the wild lips of his London-based wife–does not make sense for a man who is over 75 yrs old

  • redeem

    President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the release of $21 million, which is the equivalence of N4.2 billion as part of the $100 million pledge made by Nigeria to the Multi-National Joint Task Force to combat Boko Haram.
    This is the second function President Buhari has performed towards the fight against Boko Haram. The first was going to confer with his Chadian and Nigeriene colleagues in order to find a lasting solution to the worries of terrorism.
    The announcement by President Buhari that he was going to Chad in search of solution to Boko Haram problems elicited a lot of reactions from Nigerians who viewed it as the height of hypocrisy as the then opposition All Progressives Congress, APC and its presidential candidate then, General Muhammadu Buhari lampooned President Goodluck Jonathan for seeking the collaboration of Nigeria’s neighbors in the fight against Boko Haram terrorists.
    Prior to the election, the APC presidential candidate then described it as a disgrace for Nigeria to depend on her neighbors to combat Boko Haram. “It’s a big disgrace for Nigeria. It is now Cameroon and Chad fighting the insurgency more than Nigeria. We will build the capacity and Nigeria should be able to secure its territorial integrity,” Buhari told Reuters on February 6, 2015.
    Also delivering his paper at the famed Chatham House in London, General Buhari painted a gory picture of the insurgency and condemned what he described as Nigeria’s dependence on her neighbours for the fight.
    “Boko Haram has sadly put Nigeria on the terrorism map, killing more than 13,000 of our nationals, displacing millions internally and externally, and at a time holding on to portions of our territory the size of Belgium. What has been consistently lacking is the required leadership in our battle against insurgency. I, as a retired general and a former head of state, have always known about our soldiers: they are capable, well trained, patriotic, brave and always ready to do their duty in the service of our country.
    “You all can bear witness to the gallant role of our military in Burma, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Darfur and in many other peacekeeping operations in several parts of the world. But in the matter of this insurgency, our soldiers have neither received the necessary support nor the required incentives to tackle this problem. The government has also failed in any effort towards a multi-dimensional response to this problem leading to a situation in which we have now become dependent on our neighbours to come to our rescue,” Buhari said then.
    Arising from the above, many Nigerians found it reprehensibly hypocritical for the APC and President Buhari to still toe the same line of the fight they abhorred and criticized while President Jonathan held sway.
    The opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP described President Buhari’s trip to Chad and Niger as indicative of the fact President Buhari and the APC have nothing to offer. “The APC must understand that the hallmark of democracy is freedom of expression and opinion, particularly on governance issues; inalienable rights of all citizens guaranteed by the constitution and which must not be denied them under any guise whatsoever.
    “Though we had decided to give President Muhammadu Buhari and the ruling party sometime to settle down, indicators show that the APC is not getting its bearing right and the PDP as a party that has nurtured and sustained democracy in the last 16 years, we cannot fold our hands and watch our nation drift towards dangerous undemocratic paths”, the party said.
    Coming in defense of the President, APC through its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed said President Buhari should be commended instead of vilified. APC said that any solution to the crisis brought about by Boko Haram must be regional in nature as it has now assumed a regional dimension, affecting many countries in West Africa.
    “Besides, it said since terrorism has assumed a global dimension, no nation, not even the superpower United States, can fight the growing menace alone. This is why even in our days in opposition, we advocated a regional solution to the crisis,’’ APC said.
    The party said President Buhari’s trip to Niger and Chad, two of the countries worst hit by the Boko Haram insurgency, showed that he
    understands the regional dimension that the insurgency has assumed, and that for any effort by Nigeria to yield positive results, it must seek the cooperation of its neighbouring countries.
    Also, in a couple of days, President Buhari will be off too Cameroon in the same search for Boko Haram solution, which contradicts the campaign promises of the APC and the president. During their numerous campaign tours, the party and the president promised to end Boko Haram insurgency by the end of July. However, based on the numerous diplomatic shuttles of the President, which was the same thing ex-President Jonathan did, the July deadline may after all not be feasible.

  • redeem

    Elections are over and done with——time for the hooligans in APC to get down to work–all these figures does not make sense–It would have if the number of Nigerians killed by Boko haram—Maitasine among other religious riots are matched against the figures–Buhari should be told to stop dragging the nation backward with his fight against Jonathan.-Blamining Jonathan for the color of lipstick on the wild lips of his London-based wife–does not make sense for a man who is over 75 yrs old

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  • MushinSpeaks

    With the ascension of Buhari into power, we expect there will be an end to insurgency.

    • Julius

      Overnight ? a month ?

  • adkogi4u

    Our civil war didn’t gulp these madness of trillions while Federal and states government are unable to pay salaries, now is time for PMB to look into these report with proper understanding and act immediately, to avert any u-turn of the more you see the less you understand, and to avoid the government from seeking external loans or IMF iin order to be financing its budgets or salaries while #4.62 trillions are snoring in some Nigerian securities Agencies pockets. we need the “CHANGE” that will uncover these wickedness

    • redeem

      MUMU–IN JUST 3 WEEKS IN POWER—————–President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the release of $21 million, which is the equivalence of N4.2 billion as part of the $100 million pledge made by Nigeria to the Multi-National Joint Task Force to combat Boko Haram. HOW MUCH DO U THINK FGN WILL SPEND IN 4 YEARS–IF IN 3 WEEKS WE CAN BLOW AWAY4.2B? AND HOW MUCH WAS THE DOLLAR TO THE NAIRA DURING THE BIAFRAN WAR?—-THE MONEY BEING SPENT IS COMING FROM THE SOUTH SOUTH AND NOT KATSINA STATE

  • redeem

    Boko Haram Are My Disgruntled Brothers” – Buhari.

    President Muhammadu Buhari have said the obvious by stating the members of the Islamist terror group are his brothers that are disgruntled.

    Right or wrong Buhari’s statement may be, Nigerians still remembered when former President Goodluck Jonathan referred the Islamist group, as “our siblings”, some people insulted him in unprintable ways.

    In his Ramadan message, Pa Muhammadu Buhari said as below,
    “As we make collective efforts to bring to a permanent end the menace of Boko haram in the lake Chad basin countries, let us use this auspicious occasion to appeal to “our Misguided BROTHERS” to drop their arms, embrace peace and seek a better understanding of Islam during the holy period and beyond”.

    The same people that insulted Goodluck Jonathan when he made a similar statement 2 years ago, have all gone deaf and dumb and pretending as if they did not hear Buhari correctly. KARMA.–WHAT A SHAME

  • redeem

    MUMU–IN JUST 3 WEEKS IN POWER—————–President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the release of $21 million, which is the equivalence of N4.2 billion as part of the $100 million pledge made by Nigeria to the Multi-National Joint Task Force to combat Boko Haram. HOW MUCH DO U THINK FGN WILL SPEND IN 4 YEARS–IF IN 3 WEEKS WE CAN BLOW AWAY4.2B? AND HOW MUCH WAS THE DOLLAR TO THE NAIRA DURING THE BIAFRAN WAR?—-THE MONEY BEING SPENT IS COMING FROM THE SOUTH SOUTH AND NOT KATSINA STATE

  • katuru

    Redeem, I strongly believe that very soon you’ll die from heart attack. This is because you are still suffering from the hangover of the monumental defeat your ‘hero’ dumbo the brainless suffered on the hands of PMB on April 28th, 2015. However, in order to avert the eminent calamity of heart attack, I advice you to leave your state of hallucination and face reality by accepting that PMB is now in charge and in control for at least the next four years by the Special Grace of God. Again within these four years, you also have to contain with the inevitable positive changes that will happen to your life and that of your ‘hero’ dumbo the brainless whom I learned is currently enjoying himself in UK and thanking God that enemies like you did not push him to his early grave.

  • excel

    This is the success story and achievement of pdp/jonathan. Metuh is more clueless to have criticised PMB that has been working around the clock without monetary involvement to cut the boko haram insurgent to size. PMB will surely win the war against Boko haram.

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