President Goodluck Jonathan at the flag-off of his re-election rally in Lagos on Thursday, alleged that not a single rifle was purchased in the last 30 years by the Nigerian government.
Apparently referring to the regime of his opponent and presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), General Muhammdau Buhari, the President challeged him to account for the defence budget during his tenure.
However, document from the Stockholm International Peace Institute indicates that Nigeria took delivery of different sort of military hardware within the period the president made reference to.
Also, another source, photius.com said “During 1983-87, Nigeria imported military materials valued at US$1.5 billion from about ten major suppliers–more than any other African state.”
To further expose the president, the document obtained from the website of the institute shows that the country purchased more arms and ammunition in the regime of General Muhammadu Buhari than all the other governments put together.
Summary According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute revealed that Nigeria Acquired this between 1983-1985
160 Air defense systems
122 Armored vehicles
A total of over 989 heavy military equipment was procured within two and half years during Buhari’s regime
Below is a screen shot of the document. –AS