Victoria Ayuwei, Per Second News
President Muhammadu Buhari has rejected the resignation letter of the National Security Adviser Col. Sabo Dasuki, on the grounds that he has to account for funds received under his tenure running into billions of dollars.
Per Second News exclusively gathered that the NSA’s plan to throw in the towel about a week ago met a brick wall as he was instructed to do a thorough financial house keeping.
According to a credible source in the know, President Buhari sternly told him that the resignation letter was ‘unacceptable’ .
Per Second News learnt that the NSA had written a resignation to the President recently requesting to voluntarily step down as the country’s national security adviser.
The credible Presidency source revealed that President Buhari’s refusal to accept the resignation was prompted by investigation showing that huge sums of money are being unaccounted for due to improper filing of contracts papers under Sabo.
The unaccounted funds poses a “significant financial risk and demonstrates a lack of internal control over the NSA’s contract actions, according to the source.
“more than $50 billion in which contract files were incomplete or could not be located at all,” according to a petition alert.
Investigations by Per Second News reveal that billions of dollars were funneled into a secret account known only to the NSA, Jonah Otunla, a former accountant general of the federation and the Director of Finance, DFA in the Special Services Office.
It was gathered that the trio were the only ones with access to the account through which several transactions and deals were done without passing through the normal channel and due process.
According to a source the outgone accountant general of the federation was lured with N500m to create that account unknown to the establishment through which they circulate the funds.
“This is part of the mess Sabo has been instructed to clear before his resignation can be accepted by the President, the source said”.
“He has been given back the letter. Col. Sabo Dasuki is still the NSA and if indeed he is serious about resigning, then let him write another fresh letter after a proper financial accountability has been been submitted, said a Presidency source.
Sabo has come under increasing pressure over his leadership. Per Second News reliably gathered that the Presidency has received some petitions of alleged impropriety, warning that there was “something rotten” in the NSA’s office.
Findings by Per Second News also echoed critics’ concerns about spendings, and alleged lack of transparency and why billions of Naira were kept in the secret account.
The Presidency is also concerned about some deals coming out of the NSA’s office, especially the issue of $9.3m South African arms deal, and repeated reports that Nigeria was conned into a failed Boko Haram “ceasefire” deal to the tune of almost $500m.
JULY 10, 2015. 5:50 a.m. [GMT]