From Femi Oyelola, Kaduna
The Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI) has expressed disbelief over the recent news of impounding of a private jet in South Africa, laden with 9.3 million US dollars in cash, purportedly to buy arms in that country, saying the matter became of more concern to JNI because it is established that government has full knowledge of it, despite its illegality.
In a press statement signed by the Secretary General of the group, Alhaji Khalid Abubakar and made available to the media yesterday in Kaduna, JNI stated that there are attempts by the Federal government to intervene in such a scandalous matter which attracts the full weight of the law..
“Therefore, government should tell Nigerians the real fact on the issue. We hope the matter will not be swept away. However, we note with dismay the unguarded utterances of some leaders that they will call on their followers to defend themselves. Also, we note the uncourteous speeches attacking other leaders, which leave much to be desired and overheat the polity.
“JNI demands answers to why were the Presidential fleet of jets not used? Is government short of official agents who necessitate assigning non-official ones? With the current trend of cashless financial transaction why is such huge amount carried in cash? And Isn’t arms deals executed via third party?.
“Where are the Ministry of Defense and the office of the National Security Adviser? Was Due Process followed through relevant government agencies? And are bilateral matters dealt with in that way?” The statement queried.
JNI also called on all Senators at the upper chamber and House of Representatives members at the lower chamber to rise to the occasion for special discussion on the matter as urgent public interest revolves round it, as it relates to threat to national security.
“EFCC must wholly play its role in this direction, by prosecuting those involved to adequately face the wrath of the law. It doesn’t matter whose ox is gouged.
“We are in support of any move in restoring peace and security and we will not waiver. We commend the efforts of security agents in the fight against terrorism and the successes so far achieved.” The group said.