As the uproar generated by the revelation that the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, purchased properties worth $1. 5m in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, continues, Human rights lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana, on Sunday, urged President Muhammadu Buhari to relieve him of his position if he fails to voluntarily resign.
Falana, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), said this in a statement, noting that despite Buratai’s commendable feat of leading the Nigerian Army to defeat Boko Haram in the North East, the war on corruption was also a must-win for the Buhari Administration.
The lawyer described as a “cock and bull story” the explanation by the Nigerian Army authorities that Buratai paid for the properties in installments through his personal savings.
Falana regretted that the name of the Nigerian Army had been “illegally” used to defend the Buratai in the unfolding scam.
While he condemned the involvement of the Nigerian Army in defending Buratai, he said no one had yet to explain to Nigerians how an army General could manage to save $1.5m.
He said: “In view of the ban on the opening and operation of foreign accounts by public officers, the Code of Conduct Bureau should be involved in the investigation.
“If the Chief of Army Staff does not deem it fit to resign forthwith, President Buhari should not hesitate to remove him in the interest of national morality.”
Meanwhile, an anti-graft coalition, the Civil Society Network Against Corruption (CSNAC), has urged the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to investigate the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, over alleged diversion of funds to purchase properties in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE).
In a petition forwarded to the anti-graft agency signed by the group’s chairman, Olanrewaju Suraju, the group said such act was a violation of the law of public service.
According to the group, if the revelation is found to be true, based on evidence adduced by a newspaper, then the actions of the COAS is a great disservice, an act of sabotage against the Nigerian State and a violation of the law prohibiting public officers from investing or participating in any other business safe for farming.