Abuja - Buhari Vanguard, the pressure group, has asked President
Goodluck Jonathan's administration to account for the allocation of funds for
security amid concern forces were not adequately funded to fight terror.
According to a statement signed by its Chairman, Jasper Iyke
Azuatalam, the group said Nigerians deserved to know how "huge"
amount of money allocated for defense and security have been spent under his
“There is urgent need for President Goodluck Jonathan and
his government to give detailed account of security allocations over these
years that he has piloted and supervised the affairs of Nigeria as the
President and Commander in Chief of the Armed forces. The best time to do so is
now,” he said.
The group added that the rampaging insurgence in the
country and revelations government requested $1 billion loan to fund the war
against terror warranted a probe.
Azuatalam said a few days ago, Minister of State for
Defense, Musiliu Obanikoro, revealed that the government had not made major
acquisitions of equipment, ammunition and platforms for the country’s armed
forces in the past 25 years.
"Such revelation from a serving Minister of the
Federal Republic of Nigeria is coming after the government allocated and spent
N92,21 billion ($5,9478 billion) in 2012 from the 2012 national budget."
It is said in 2013, the Government allocated and spent
about N950 billion on national security purposes.
This, according to the pressure group, comprised N320
billion for the police, and N364 billion for the Armed Forces, N115 billion for
the Office of the NSA, and N154 billion for the Ministry of the Interior.
A breakdown of the 2014 budget also shows that the
President Jonathan's government allocated N968,127 billion for Defense and
Security representing about 20 percent of the entire national budget.
According to Aazuatalam, it was "unbelievable"
that government claimed it was ill-equipped in fighting terror.
“We are left to wonder what this huge amount of money has
been used for, over these years,” he said.
- CAJ News
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