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Osinbajo: $1bn is for Security Issues across States not only Boko Haram

Stella Ukwuoma

Nigerian Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo on Tuesday clarified that the $1billion approved by 36 state governors from the Excess Crude Account for the federal government is not meant to combat Boko Haram insurgency alone.

The approval of the huge sum by governors has raised controversies ever since it came to public domain leading to accusations and counter-accusations especially between the two prominent political parties in Nigeria.

Recall that Edo State governor, Godwin Obaseki at the end of that meeting had told the press that “we expect that the amount will include but not be limited to purchase of equipment, procuring intelligence and logistics and all what is required to ensure that we finally put an end to the scourge of insurgency”.

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However, Osinbajo stated that the fund is also meant to tackle all security challenges confronting various states across the country.

The Vice President gave the clarification at the opening of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation and Secretaries to State Governments’ retreat in Abuja.

According to Osinbajo, “It was on account of the security summit that the governors at the Governors’ Forum subsequently decided that they would vote a certain sum of money, which has become somewhat controversial, the $1billion, to assist the security architecture of the country.

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“It was to assist all of the issues in the states, including policing in the states, community policing, all of the different security challenges that we have.

“It was after the security summit that the Governors’ Forum met across party lines, I must add, in order to approve and to accept that this is what needed to be done to shore up our security architecture.”

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