Two years on: Institutionalising the ‘Buhari-effect’ in defence sector reform
President Buhari’s election has been a turning point for the Nigerian anti-corruption struggle. The President moved quickly to dismiss the service chiefs and make his own appointments, while a number of those implicated in defence sector corruption are being prosecuted.
Two presidential ad hoc audit committees were quickly established to identify who was responsible for arms procurement fraud leading to losses under the previous administration estimated by Acting President Osinbajo at US$ 15 billion. The Nigerian armed forces have also attempted to cut out third parties by contracting for key equipment directly with governments and working with the Bureau for Public Procurement to increase oversight.
These are significant steps and deserve recognition. But it is our view that on their own they are not enough to institutionalise the ‘Buhari-effect’ and ensure that there is no repetition of ‘Dasukigate’ in 2, 5 or 10 years time.
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