Sometimes in June, there were reports that circulated online accusing Chief of Army Staff (COAS), General Tukur Buratai, and his two wives of jointly owning a second choice property in Dubai. Albeit, is there more to the reports than meets the eye?
A legal practitioner and human rights activist, Ugochukwu Osuagwu, has said the accusations of impropriety leveled against the Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Tukur Buratai was diversionary.
Buratai had come under fire for acquiring two properties in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates (UAE). While speaking with news men at the weekend in Abuja, Usuagwu said the common trend among Nigerians had been to follow the band wagon effect and give opinions even on issues they had no facts about.
He said Buratai had been declared guilty even before investigation and trial, adding that the army chief had done no wrong by acquiring properties in Dubai. Osuagwu criticised Nigerians who had dragged the Federal Government into the issue, saying their actions constituted a distraction to the anti-corruption fight.
The lawyer challenged anyone with proof of the allegations to put same forward and allow the court to decide the matter. According to him, the said property in Dubai purchased by Buratai’s wife a couple of years ago was N48 million only which is even less than what is used by private businessmen and other Nigerians to buy a three bedroom flat in high-brow areas in Abuja. He maintained that Buratai had the right to acquire properties in any part of the world provided they are acquired legitimately.