During an interview at his palace in Osun State, the monarch clarified the situation.
The money was approved during the tenure of the former Minister of Defence, but released during the tenure of the current Minister of Defence, Major General Bashir Magashi, according to Oba Tegbosun, who debunked reports that the former Service Chiefs received a portion from the arms procurement fund (rtd.)a
The Osun monarch said,
â€œThe $1bn from the ECA account as approved by the Senate, did not reach the Service Chiefs. Federal Government told us, the money did not miss, but the money was not given to Service Chiefs.
â€œThe former Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen Ibrahim Attahiru, may his soul rest in perfect peace, during his appearance at the National Assembly has not gotten his records straight. The Minister of Defence Spent the money on behalf of the Armed forces. The minister Should have spoken and Clear the Air because the record needs to be put straight. We need to put straight, sincere, and factual so that weâ€™ll not be laying blame as expected.
â€œThe Minister of Defence, a gentleman, should have come out that the money was approved during the time of Monsur Dan Ali, the former Minister of Defence from Kebbi State.
â€œBut the release of the money happened during the regime of the present Minister, Gen Bashr Magashi and Spent by the ministry for what It meant for through all the normal due process, some Non this spending go through Buratai, Sadiq, Ibas, one kobo did not go to Sodiq neither Ibass.
â€œThe Minister of Defence, use the money for procurement of equipment and Arms, some were done government to government. Some equipment was procured in China, that is why when Monguno was talking to BBC Hausa Service that money has been given, we didnâ€™t see equipment, I viewed it a total embarrassment to the Federal Government.â€
Oba Tegbosun further stated,
â€œNone of that arms fund get to the Chief of Army Staff or Chief of Naval, or Chief of Air Staff. That billion dollars approved did not get to them. but they started receiving some of the equipment.
â€œThe minister Defence authorized the spending and procured the equipment and gave them to the Army. Some have been delivered while some have not been delivered because this is not like you are going to the open market and buy something on the floor. Some could be manufactured to your specification and it takes time. That is why the FG said the money did not lose. The loss of the money was fake news,â€ the monarch stated.
As a result, he criticized the minister for remaining mute about the reports.
â€œBecause the President know what you and I donâ€™t know. The President knew that these people have put in their best for this nation,â€ the Olowu of Kuta declared in response to President Muhammadu Buhari's nomination of former Service Chiefs as ambassadors.
â€œThese people have reformed the military. The military needs our total support and we need to give them. The present Chief of Army Staff needs our support to succeed.
â€œSo, given ambassadorial position to the former Service Chiefs means they still have a lot to offer for the progress of Nigeria. The country still needs to tap from their wealth of experience as they remain a great asset to the nation.â€
â€It's not late for the Minister of Defence to Speak out and let Nigerians know that he authorized the Spending of the Arms fund, not the fmr Service chiefs, Rather than the Conspiracy of Silence that is brewing fake News.