Governor, Nyesom Wike has asked the Muhammadu Buhari-led Government to give answers to the $1 billion that was removed from the Excess Crude Account to buy arms for the battle against uncertainty and insecurity.
Talking during a Channels television meet on Monday, Wike requested that President Muhammadu Buhari to hold authorities responsible for their activities.
The National Economic Council had on December 15, 2017, consented to use $1billion from Nigeria’s Nigeria’s excess crude account to handle the Boko Haram uprising and other security challenges.
Four years after, a few inquiries have been raised by many, including Governor Wike in regards to the acquisition of the equipment, particularly 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.”
Wike likewise responded to the choice of the House of Representatives to summon the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru, and the Legislative leader of the National Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele, over the acquisition of arms.
He additionally blamed the reaction of the military Boss over the arms buy during his appearance before the lower chamber.
Wike added, “I was surprised when I was watching the television when the House of Representatives invited the Chief of Army Staff about the purchase of weapons and he said ‘look, you know the right people to ask.
“You have to take leadership. Even if those who were at the helms of affairs of security, the onus is on you, you can still summon them back. “