Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has asked the Federal Government to provide answers to the $1 billion dollars that was withdrawn from the Excess Crude Account to purchase arms for the fight against insecurity.
Speaking during a recent interview on Channels Television’s Newsnight which aired on Monday, the governor asked President Muhammadu Buhari, to hold officials accountable for their actions.
The National Economic Council had on December 15, 2017 agreed to utilize $1billion from Nigeria’s excess crude account to tackle Boko Haram insurgency and other security challenges.
The meeting which was chaired by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, had the 36 state governors in attendance and it came as the state governors pledged to support the Federal Government to rid the North East of the insurgents.
Four years after, several questions have been raised by many, including Governor Wike regarding the purchase of the equipment, especially as insecurity has worsened since then.
“I remember there was a time when $1 billion was taken from the Excess Crude Account to provide for security. Where is the equipment that we bought,” Wike questioned.
“If I should release that money as the Chief Security Officer, knowing how Nigeria is, I will make sure that those weapons and the right ones were bought.”
The governor also reacted to the decision of the House of Representatives to summon the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru, and the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele, over the procurement of arms.