A former Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazzau (rtd) has also been asked to take a bow and go after being screened for confirmation as Minister by the Senate.
Dambazzau who said he was retired by Jonathan while on a national assignment, said he was informed of his retirement while he was at the United Nation’s office to invite them for inspection on a medical project he was fronting.
When asked of his take on Nigeria not having defense policy, he said there was defence policy but it is “a document that needs to be reviewed from time to time. It doesn’t get review as at when due,” he said, adding that his being contacted a couple of months ago for input on the defence policy shows it was under review.
On the issue of procurement, he revealed that, “as the Chief of Army Staff, when I took over, the maximum I could spend was N20m. Later it was moved to N50m. Anything above that has to be handled by the Ministry of Defence.”
He noted that the Northeast has been ravaged by poverty, war, hunger and so on, adding that the soldiers there arE at risk”.
He revealed that if a soldier loses his life while on an assignment, he gets death gratuity as well as other benefits that accrue to his family.
Dambazzau added that N1000 allowance for soldiers for being highly exposed to danger should be upwardly reviewed.