$2.1 billion DasukiGate: Key questions Jonathan must answer – SERAP

FILE PHOTO: Former President, Goodluck Jonathan

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, SERAP, has sent an open letter to former President Goodluck Jonathan seeking explanations from him on “what you knew or had reason to know on the apparent diversion and sharing of over $2 billion meant for purchase of arms to fight Boko Haram.”

The letter dated 8 January 2016 and signed by SERAP executive director, Adetokunbo Mumuni, reads in part: “SERAP is sending you this open letter to seek explanations from you, as former President and Commander-in-Chief of the Nigerian Armed Forces, on what you knew, or had reason to know on the apparent diversion and sharing of the over $2 billion meant to purchase arms to empower Nigerian soldiers to fight Boko Haram.”

“SERAP considers that there is enough material in the public domain to suggest that over $2 billion meant for purchase of arms to equip Nigerians soldiers fighting Boko Haram in the North East of the country was diverted and shared among high-ranging government and party officials under your watch as President and Commander-in-Chief of Nigerian Armed Forces.”

“SERAP and indeed Nigerians reserve the right to pursue justice through appropriate national and international accountability mechanisms to ensure that everyone involved in this heinous crime is brought to justice in accordance with international standards of fairness.”

“Is it correct to suggest that the budget of over $2 billion to purchase arms for Nigerian soldiers fighting Boko Haram in the North-East of the country was authorised by you or your office? In other words, did your former National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd) seek your approval to collect from the Central Bank of Nigeria the over $2 billion meant for purchase of arms for Nigerian soldiers?”

“If so, Nigerians would like to hear from you whether the apparent diversion and sharing of our commonwealth by your former NSA was expressly or implicitly authorised by you.”

“Is it then correct to suggest that the former NSA implements presidential decisions and not make them? If so, is it also correct to suggest that the apparent diversion and sharing of the over $2 billion meant for purchase of arms was a presidential-level decision and that you signed off on it?”

“Is it not correct to suggest that your Administration acted on the basis that it was essentially unrestrained by international or Nigerian law in engaging in or encouraging the apparent diversion and sharing of the over $2 billion meant to purchase arms for Nigerian soldiers in order to protect them against attacks from Boko Haram and to enhance their ability to defend the territorial integrity of the country and provide security for its citizens?”

“Assuming you did not directly order or authorise the apparent diversion and sharing of the over $2 billion meant to purchase arms for Nigerian soldiers, is it fair to suggest that you at least knew, or had reason to know, that your own former NSA was apparently involved in the heinous crime of corruption to wit: the diversion and sharing of over $2 billion meant to purchase arms for Nigerian soldiers; and did not take all necessary and reasonable measures in your power as Commander-in-Chief and President to prevent the alleged diversion and sharing of our commonwealth, as explained above?”

“Would you accept that the apparent diversion and sharing of the over $2 billion was largely due to your failure to ensure: (1) that system was in place to ensure a transparent and accountable spending of budget for military operations in strict accordance with the standards of international law including the UN Convention against Corruption; (2) that any such system was operating in a continuous and effective manner; and (3) that violations of the standards were punished when detected by that system?”

“After the apparent diversion and sharing of the over $2 billion was brought to your attention, did you take any step to refer your former NSA and all those involved in the diversion and sharing to appropriate anticorruption agencies to ensure that all those who were alleged to be responsible for this heinous crime of corruption are brought to justice?”

“Would you agree that the apparent diversion and sharing of the over $2 billion meant for purchase of arms for Nigerian soldiers has seriously undermined the ability of the soldiers to defend themselves and fight Boko Haram; resulted in some soldiers being unfairly tried for refusing to fight without being provided with necessary arms; inflicted severe pain or suffering; and caused unnecessary loss of lives and displacement of law-abiding citizens?”

“Would SERAP be correct to suggest that you, as President and Commander-in-Chief, knew about the authorization, apparent diversion and sharing of the over $2 billion meant to purchase arms for Nigerian soldiers, in the chain of command involving your former NSA and others?”

“Would it therefore be correct to further suggest that your acts and/or omissions concerning the apparent diversion and sharing of the over $ 2 billion were such as to give rise to personal liability through command responsibility for the actions of your former NSA and others who worked under you?”

“Would you now, on the basis of the above, apologise to Nigerians for the apparent diversion and sharing of the over $2 billion and the catastrophic consequences for Nigerian soldiers and their families, including those who have lost their lives; those unfairly tried and convicted; and millions of displaced Nigerians?”

“Nigerians are eagerly awaiting your clarifications on the issues raised above, and your apology.”


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  • Linus nwafor

    SERAP these questions are not direct enough, the case of the 2.1 billion dollars has been established. No Nigerian can doubt that th money was illegally authorised by GEJ so lets not waste our time. He is either guity of the approval or that of criminal negligence
    I intends to help reposition the questions:
    1) it is already established through information in public domain that 2.1 billion dollars was misappropriated under your watch, which other misappropriations on such would you want to reveal to Nigerians before they find out themselves.
    2)now there is dasukigate do you think there would be diezani gate any time soon especially been aware their names both starts with a D
    3) how much do you think your wife would have expended in ensuring that women were mobilized for security and peaceful coexistence during the 2015 general election and what is the source of the money

    To be continued

    • The Truth

      You are too funny

    • SayNo2Tribalism

      What about this one: Mr Jonathan how much was your share? You openly gave out thousands of dollars during your southwest campaign or should we wait for Dasuki to tell us?

      • God dey

        Briiliant questions! Oga Jonathan over to you!

    • God dey

      God bless you! Your questions are stronger, and are warranted given the gravity of the offence by Jona. Will he apologise? I doubt. May God deliver us from evil and punish all our adversaries; the enemies of our people who continue to torment with with abject poverty

  • favourtalk

    At the end, it may not be your questions but he definitely needs to come and answer many questions concerning the loots they took from our nation pulse. Nigerians needs to know how he allowed such evil to happen under his watch when many believed in him.

  • Chuks

    I wonder why SERAP is asking Jonathan questions. This is a man not known for saying the truth. Of what use will his falsehood serve you? I will even prefer Jonathan is pardoned so he can have time to attend to his psycho problems. The man corrupted both living and none living things in Nigeria.

  • Gugurus Ekpa

    Jonathan has what we call vicarious liability and managerial negligence for his actions

  • Omooba Adekunle Orafidiya

    This SERAP guys must be jobless. The so-called arms purchase money is part of a security vote that senile, illiterate certificate forger and perjurer MuhamMADu (alias Customs and Exercise, French Franc and Deutch Mark) Buhari has no business investigating if he is not playing to the gallery. SERAP ought to be asking whether tyrant Buhari collected 5 SUVS and $300k from the same funds or not. Furthermore, EFCC should beam its searchlight on the sources of Buhari’s election sponsors: Bola Tinubu, Rotimi Amaechi and Rabiu Kwankwaso.

    • Uzoma John

      Wailing wailer. Still mourning.

      • Chuks

        That guy Adekunle is another or worse Jonathan in the making. It is now easy to identify their traits and stop them before they unleash mediocrity and leadership disaster to any government department. Unfortunately we can’t stop them from bringing shame to their families.

    • tundemash

      Omo Ole Orafidiya,
      Since when has money meant to buy arms for teh Nigerian military come under security vote ? And is security vote money meant to be shared to individuals like Ole Falae, High Theif Dokpesi, Nwobodo, Nduka Obiagbena and others?
      Your children will certainly curse your memory for selling their destiny off for a pot of potridge ! Oponu.

      • Omooba Adekunle Orafidiya

        “Potridge”? You, omo ale, will compile your own dictionary!!! You will not prosper. If the Lord tarries, untimely death shall be your portion.

        • Arogbo

          Epeeeee………. I know you never really meant that. Please let’s make it civil. Respect!

    • concernednigerian

      They will not be satisfied by the valid assessment emanating from you. Jonathan was not a military personnel by training hence he entrusted responsibility of procuring arms to a retired high ranking military officer. He was not a Northerner by birth hence he appointed a Northerner from the Sokoto Caliphate to oversee the issue of arms and sundry expenses appertaining to the execution of the campaign against an insurgent Boko Haram. Yet they expect Jonathan to comment on an ongoing investigation- by an idle and indolent administration of Buhari – for which the law court has not pronounced a decision. It does not take a lot for Nigerians to reduce themselves to the ‘enviable’ status of Roman plebeians. They should clap for yourselves.

      • tai28

        Maybe you did not read the above story/SERAP letter: did he authorize Dasuki to share allocations for arm purchase? If he did not authorize it (which is your own version), did he get to know about the sharing and what did he do about it? Or you think Dasuki has autonomy to do whatever he liked with arms budget?

    • God dey

      So if I got you well, there is no need for Jonathan to answer these questions? May be we actually deserve all the bad leaders we have got because I can’t honestly understand why some people can’t get it that Jonathan messed up big time. Should we be celebrating him? This is a big joke

      • Omooba Adekunle Orafidiya

        Has Buhari answered questions relating to his WASC/GCE? Did Buhari collect 5 SUVs and $300k from the same Dasuki or not? Are Buhari’s associates (Bola Tinubu, Rotimi Amaechi, Rabiu Kwankwaso etc. saints? A beg….spare me.

        • God dey

          These are not related,,,,let us deal with Jonathan first, and we can then ask serap to focus on those that you mentioned, Pls no confusion

    • Bawan Allah

      Please stop being partial on national issues. Let us call a spade a spade. BADLUCK FAILED NIGERIANS.

  • Guarantor

    Dumbo will answer your questions, waste of time. We’re jus waiting for the D day EFCC would arrest him ni. No time to waste, he authorized every action n inaction taking by this nonentity. Yam n goat President. God bless Nigeria jare.

    • Chuks

      Jonathan does not have the ability to remember what happened last week. I doubt he’d recollect when he made these approvals. People who came close to or worked with him confirm how empty he is in terms of policy coordination. That’s why dropouts land militants found him an easy prey. The man needs help.

  • Arogbo

    LET ME MAKE THIS CLEAR AT THIS POINT THAT SHOULD JONATHAN BE PICKED UP BY THE EFCC FOR QUESTIONING, THERE WOULD BE NOBODY COMING TO HIS AID DUE TO THE MAGNITUDE OF THE MONEY STOLEN FROM OUR NATIONAL TREASURY. PRESIDENT JONATHAN SHOULD TENDER A LETTER OF APLOLOGY TO NIGERIANS AND STOP PARADING THE GLOBE AS A STATESMAN. PERIOD.

    • God dey

      Absolutely spot on! But I don’t if Dr Jonathan will do the needful and unreservedly apologise to Nigerians. This is a terrible shame and if he has any honor left he must go ahead and answer all the questions raised by serap

  • ed

    The Buhari’s regime must be congratulated on their success in focusing Nigeria attention on Dasukigate.
    $1 = #270 Naira and accompanied pain are forgottened.
    The economy that lacks any sense of direction is not of concern to Nigerian.
    The continue power outages is not an issue.
    Please keep the Dasuki revelations going. We’re all waiting for more shoes to drop. Meanwhile we’ll continue our smiling and suffering. God blessed Nigeria.

    • Artful ºDodger

      Shut the fk up igboman. If those you baby factory products(gone wrong) cherish so much had spent money wisely when a barrel of oil sold for over $110, the electricity for example would have been delivered to Nigeria and be available today. There would have been no Dasukigate and the naira would have remained stable where it was before the misfortunes of Jonathan.
      When evil spirits give you igbos back you brains maybe you can reason clearly.

      • Damilola

        Hmmm wonderful!!! See brain. Even your baby will read this and laugh, while asking, daddy are you for real? I guess there is a Dasuki in Russia that almost crumbled are economy, thankful of the other sources from oil flow, I’m sure their is a GEJ in Saudi Arabia that made the leaders to cut their cloths according to size late last year in preparation for this year, other limited sources aside oil flow saved them from GEJ. We need to kill this Dasuki now infact. He’s been seating on our economy and the dollar inflow for long. Dumb charlatan

    • Remi

      What you do not know is that dasukigate is part of the foreign exchange problem Nigeria is facing. $2.1 billion was shared instead of buying arms and we then went on to unnecessarily borrow $1.0 for arms we should have bought with $2.1 billions. All these are what is affecting the naira exchange rate. Do not forget that Jonathan authorize the withdrawal of $2 billion from excess crude account for reasons we shall be told later. All these actions depleted our foreign exchange reserve which is supposed to defend the Naira now that in flow is low. So PMB is not to blame.

      • Damilola

        So ones the 2trillion dollars of Dasuki is returned, we arrive at the Eldorado the Maradonas promised us? I feel ur pain sir; masochist one essayists called it, it’s a terrible one.

  • Bawan Allah

    Oh Allah save Nigeria!! @

    • God dey

      Amen o! #JonathanTellUsWhatYouKnowAboutDasukigate

  • Artful ºDodger

    The fact is that Jonathan cannot be probed. It is one of the conditions for handing over power to the APC and Buhari. Secondly, Jonathan cannot even be held responsible for the bazaar Dasuki ran at the ONSA. Jonathan may have signed off approvals for the purchase of arms, the Military chiefs after receiving their share of the money in the bazaar from Dasuki forge documents to justify receipt of the weapons. Who goes their to check whether they were actually received, NO ONE! Buying attack helicopters for example are not things the president of a country go to declare open upon their arrival. They are military purchases which many country would rather place on their classified lists. Dasuki and his gang of thieves know these and took advantage of it. They were very elaborate in their scheming by also awarding a portion of the loot to boko haram to sustain the mayhem in the name of ” special prayers”. All these things Jonathan could never have known because even though he was and still is incompetent and clueless, he just couldnt have been everywhere.

    • True Nigerian

      But what have you to say on the fact that Dasuki had already stated that every of his actions were done with presidential approval?

    • New Nigerian

      Can you provide evidence for you claim that “The fact is that Jonathan cannot be probed. It is one of the conditions for handing over power to the APC and Buhari. ?”….He said himself that members of his administration will “face persecution”. Also he is already being probed – His NSA and many of his party men are already being prosecuted, so it is a stretch to imagine that as President and C-in-C, he had no say in how billions were disappearing – if that were true, then he need to be tried for criminal negligence leading to loss of billions of commonwealth, killing of tens of thousands through a militia that was emboldened by a strategically weakened Nigerian Armed Forces….As for handing over power, he lost an election and had no choice but to hand over according to the constitution and he did.

    • Fred Duke

      I agree with you. But since he was the C-in-C, the buck stops at his table. For him not to know what to ask for shows that he was incompetent in the real sense of it. Not knowing what report to request for, and not knowing how to request for accountability shows that GEJ was grossly clueless and criminally negligent.

      • Tunsj

        I couldn’t agree more. GEJ cannot claim that he did not know what was going on. No one will buy that.

  • Adeolu

    No pardon for unrepentant looter!