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Presidency Defends Buhari On Approval Of $1b For Weapons

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Presidency defends Buhari over $1b security fund

President Buhari during the emergency meeting with security chiefs

There Is No Illegality In The Approval Of $1b For The Military – Presidency

The Presidency on Thursday said President Muhammadu Buhari, followed due process in the approval of $1 billion for the purchase of military equipment to fight insurgency and insecurity in Nigeria.

The personal assistant to the President on social media, Lauretta Onochie, took to her Twitter account to advise people to stop playing politics with the security of Nigerians.

She wrote: “The NEC made up of state governors, approved the $1bn given to the military to purchase arms.

“The state Houses of Assembly approved same. There is no illegality in the release of the funds to the military.

“No one should play politics with the security of Nigerians.”

Meanwhile, Mr. Femi Adesina, special adviser to the president on media and publicity, in an interview with Channels Television on Thursday, said the communication to the National Assembly on the approval for the fund is already on its way.

“As we speak now the communication to the national assembly is about ready.”

“Those who have been flexing muscles over the matter should just have bothered to make inquiries from the senior special assistant to the President on national assembly matters.

“If they had inquired they would have been told that the communication would soon be on the way to the national assembly.

“Talking about the timing, there is no timing that is not good for security. Every time is security time. Those who are reading political meaning into it is just unfortunate they play politics with everything and they will play politics with the very lives of Nigerians, which is very bad.”

“It is not something that I think any government could begin to disclose. But we know that it is expensive. I remember that the chief of army staff spoke about some trillions of naira recently – security is expensive but human life is much, much expensive.”

Recall that as earlier reported by Naija News, the minister of defence, Mansur Dan-Ali, had after the emergency meeting held by President Buhari with the nation’s security chiefs, announced that the president had given approval for the release of $1b for the purchase of military equipment to fight against insecurity in the country.


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