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23.06.2021 news ‘Insecurity is the New Oil’ — Reactions to Buhari’s N895bn Supplementary Budget for Security

Published 23rd Jun, 2021

By Damilola Ayeni

Nigerians on the social media have criticised the Federal Government’s proposed N895, 465, 917 supplementary budget meant to tackle insecurity and health-related issues.

In a thread on Wednesday, Shehu Sani, the former senator representing Kaduna Central Constituency, and other Twitter users questioned the impacts of the huge sums previously approved for the same purpose.

“The finance minister said N1.3 trillion was released to the last service chiefs in 24 months, apart from ‘special approvals’ they get directly from the President. And now N895 is on supplementary budget for defense. This is our endless, money guzzling security challenges,” Sani said.

Another user who simply identified himself as Okonkwo said insecurity had become a money-making venture for Nigerian politicians and might not end soon.

“Insecurity is the new oil; Nigerian leaders and politicians have discovered how much could be made from it and so no political will to stop it,” he said.

In his own reaction, ‘Mr Wick’ complained that the ex-service chiefs who would have been made to account for previous allocations had been given “diplomatic appointments and immunity”.

President Muhammadu Buhari had on Tuesday sent the supplementary appropriation to the National Assembly for approval.

After a second reading on the floor of the senate on Wednesday, Ahmad Lawan, the Senate President, referred it to the Senate Committee on Appropriation for a report that would considered and passed next week Tuesday.

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Published 23rd Jun, 2021

By Damilola Ayeni

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