SOME Nigerians has questioned the move behind the recent approval of $1 billion by the National Executive Council, NEC.
States governors had approved the withdrawal of the funds from the Excess Crude Account for the ongoing fight against Boko Haram insurgents in the North-east.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo presided over the meeting where the decision was reached.
Edo State governor, Godwin Obaseki disclosed this while briefing State House correspondents after the meeting.
Obaseki said the approval was announced by the chairman of Nigeria Governors’ Forum, NGF, and Governor of Zamfara State, Abdulaziz Yari.
“The funds would be spent on the purchase of security equipment, procurement of intelligence and logistics, among others”, Obaseki said.
Already, former minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode has alleged that the approved fund was meant for 2019 election and not for the fight against terrorism.
While describing it as a ruse and alarming, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) alleged the manipulative plot of the All Progressives Congress (APC) administration to secure approvals without recourse to due process, and for purposes of fighting the same insurgents it claimed to have since defeated.
“If it would take a billion dollars from a nation’s savings to kill what they long claimed was dead, then we challenge the APC government to come clean and tell Nigerians the whole truth.
“We therefore call on the National Assembly to interrogate this proposed disbursement and subject it to a thorough but rapid interrogation,” a statement from it partly read.
Nigerians on micro-blogging site, twitter, has therefore reacted online.
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