- Nigeria will audit recent arms deliveries and attempt to revitalise its domestic defence industry
- The announcements come as part of the new government’s efforts to clamp down on corruption, build industrial capability, and promote development
The Nigerian government is set to undertake an audit of recent arms sales in order to investigate potential corruption related to weapons procurement, Senior Special Assistant to the President Malam Garba Shehu said on local television on 9 August.
The audit will see the government investigate weapons supply contracts signed under the administration of former president Goodluck Jonathan.
“The president [Muhammadu Buhari] is interested in what has happened to the equipment that had supposedly been bought and supplied, some of which may be there on the ground and [some which] might not be,” Shehu said.
The comment came in response to a question on a television talk show from a former Nigerian defence official who criticised Buhari’s progress against the Islamist group Boko Haram since his election in April.