Following the seized $9.3 million arms deal in Johannesburg, South Africa, the National Chairman, Council of Ulama of Jammatul Izalatul Bid’a Wa Iqamatus Sunnah (JIBWIS) Sheik Sani Yahaya Jingir, has called on the President Goodluck Jonathan to establish an independent body to probe the seized jet belonging to the CAN president.
Jingir, who made the call at the Yan-Taya Juma’at mosque in Jos at the weekend, said that the manner of flying the huge amount of money and the individuals involved in the arms deal has left all many Nigerians in suspicion.
Jingir said that the circumstances surrounding the money from South African officials from those arrested is riddled with discrepancies and the admission by the Federal Government that it hired a private jet owned by President of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Ayo Oritsejafor for the procurement of arms has exhibited an ulterior motive behind the arms deal because not long after the CAN president called on Nigerian Christians to defend themselves against Boko-Haram attacks.
Jingir said, “It has been reported by the media when churches were attacked by Boko haram, the same CAN President said they will procure arms for their members to defend themselves. And no government official condemned or cautioned him over that comment. We are not concluding but we have fears over this Illicit arms deal which is worthy of independent probe. We are calling for an independent and impartial investigation of the smuggled money and arms deal”.
“We are highly disturbed with the whole scenario, but we believe that this discovery is a pointer that our prayers against those behind the violence in the North-East are being answered by the Almighty”.
He added that, “We will not relent in our effort and prayers to God to continue to exposed individuals and group behind these violence. I am appealing to all Nigerians to continue praying for the end of the violence in the country”.