The International Strategic Studies Association (ISSA) in a recent report alleges that the death of Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh, the Ex-Chief of Defence Staff, and that of Maj. Gen. Idris Alkali, a former Chief of Administration of the Nigerian Army, was not just a mere coincidence.
General Alkali was reportedly killed in Jos, the capital of Plateau State, by a gang of protesting youths while on his way to Bauchi, while the former Air Force Chief Marshal was killed along Abuja-Keffi Road by suspected assassins on his way from his farm.
The Nigeria Police had however few days ago paraded some suspects involved in the killing of Badeh. The suspects alleged that they killed Badeh in the process of robbing him of a huge amount of cash in his possession.
Reports and alleged analysis from the scene of the attack however prove otherwise. His family and associates had since vehemently rejected the story behind his death, saying that it was a lie concocted by the Nigeria Police to deceive Nigerians.
ISSA, a Washington based non-governmental organization, with worldwide membership of professionals involved in national and international security and strategic policy in its report alleged that the two military generals were killed to conceal corruption in Nigeria’s current military leadership.
The group says that Badeh was particularly murdered to prevent him from exposing in court, details of corruption which had grown rapidly in the current military leadership.
The report further noted that President Muhammadu Buhari has refused to publish the findings of the arms panel which was presented to him.
“The commission investigating defence procurement from 2007 onwards made significant strides which were initially accepted by the Buhari government, until the scope of the inquiry went beyond the period relating to the former government of President Goodluck Jonathan and began to show corruption patterns extending into officers still serving under President Buhari,” ISSA said.
“The level of panic among the senior leadership has now reached the point where senior government, military, and national security staff have been attempting to suppress — through assassination and intimidation — the members of the official commission of enquiry established by President Buhari when he first took office, to investigate defence procurement corruption.
“Given the upsurge in momentum by ‘the highest levels of government’ to stop the findings becoming public from the Corruption Commission on Defence Procurement, it is plausible that the attribution of a criminal ‘kidnapping-attempt-gone-wrong’ against the Air Chief Marshal was a convenient excuse to ensure that the victim — Badeh — could not divulge in court the pattern and details of corruption which has grown even more rampant in the current generation of defence leadership.”
ISSA further blamed the massive corruption among Buhari’s top military chiefs as the reason why Nigeria was losing the war against Boko Haram, saying that the Government of Nigeria had lost control of the engagement with the terrorist group.
The report further revealed that the insurgent were growing stronger while the government force grows weaker.
“It is fair to say that the Nigerian intelligence community itself is no longer sure what groups even comprise ‘Boko Haram’, nor has it addressed the international logistical, ideological, and support aspects contributing to the ongoing viability of the groups.”
The report further revealed that the leadership in the military instead of concentrating on how to defeat Boko Haram, were busy with stopping leakage of information about massive corruption going on in the guise of fighting insurgents.
“The conflict will almost certainly prove the undoing of the present government of President Muhammadu Buhari at the February 16, 2019, presidential election.
“Despite this, the only significant engagement which the Nigerian military leadership – up to and including the National Security Adviser, Maj.-Gen.(retd.) Mohammed Babagana Monguno – seems to prioritise is the fight to stop the leakage of information about massive corruption, running into the equivalent of several billions of dollars, in the purchase by senior military officers of major military capital goods and military consumables, including the troops’ own food.”
“The conduct of the war in the North is tied to the corruption in the military, and Buhari — ring-fenced by his own team — is unable to tackle the issue.
“His poor health does not help, but he had always, even as a military president, been indecisive and vindictive,” ISSA said.