Nigeria’s main opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said that Mansur Dan-Ali, minister of defence, is expending funds meant for the military on the campaign of President Muhammadu Buhari.
This is contained in a statement on Monday, November 26, 2018 by Kola Ologbodiyan, PDP spokesman.
According to Ologbodiyan, funds meant for military equipment and welfare of soldiers are channeled to the production of “partisan materials for All Progressives Congress (APC) reelection campaign.”
He said that by allegedly using these funds for such purpose, the ruling party had turned the defence ministry to its automated teller machine (ATM). He stated that:
“Placing of APC logo alongside that of the ministry of defence confirms our position that the Buhari Presidency has compromised our defence architecture for Mr. President’s reelection project.
“Our party considers it insensitive and a gross impunity for the minister of defence to be engaging in patronising sourveniers for President Buhari at a time when our soldiers are being killed in their numbers.
“It is also instructive to note that President Muhammadu Buhari, as Mr. Integrity, has not reprimanded the minister, ostensibly, given that the diversion of public funds for his reelection campaign is now a policy of the APC and the Buhari presidency.
“Nigerians can now see how the Buhari Presidency and the APC have turned the Ministry of Defence into their Automatic Teller Machine (ATM) to fund their reelection, at the detriment of our citizens who are being daily attacked by insurgents and marauders in various parts of our country.”
He called for an investigation into the military’s funds in a bid to “unravel those benefitting from the racket”.