$1 Billion: Why Ekiti Govt Is Suing FG Over $1bn Terrorism Fund

Governor Ayodele
Fayose has explained why the Ekiti State Government is suing the Federal
Government over the controversial $1 billion terrorism fund.
He said it is the right of the Ekiti State government
to question all accruals to the Federal Account saying it must be shared by all
three tiers of government.
The National Economic Council had announced the
withdrawal of $1billion from the $2.3 billion Excess Crude Account to fight the
The decision had attracted criticisms from groups and
individuals, including the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
While some have condemned the move, others have argued
that it is an avenue to use the figure for the President’s perceived
re-election bid ahed of the 2019 general elections.
Amid the growing outrage, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo
stated that the $1billion insurgency fund was not meant for fighting Boko Haram
terrorists only but to tackle insurgency in all states of the Federation.
He also premised on the fact that the governors
resolved to approve the money for national security after a NEC summit on
national security about two months ago.
But, Fayose said was quick to distance himself from
the agreement reached by his colleagues earlier.
The governor hinged his explanation as not reflecting
the position of the people whom he had sworn to defend.
While lamenting that the people of Ekiti State were
faced with hunger, he however added that the $1billion fund should be shared
and deserved portion given to each governor.
“For me, Ekiti has ‘hunger haram,’ where hunger is
catching people everywhere. A lot of people are being kidnapped daily. They
either vote money for me from that money or we leave it, share it let everybody
go and solve their problems,” he said.
The governor maintained that he had approached the
court to seek justice following the Federal Government’s inability to disburse
the money across the states of the federation.
“My state, we have approached the court for justice
because it is our legitimate right. All accruals to the federal account must be
shared by all three tiers of government.
“And for me to get justice, I have to go to the court
and I have gone to court. Every state has its own peculiarities in terms of
security,” he added.
Although his colleague in Zamfara State who is also
the Chairman of the Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF) may not be on the same page
with Fayose.
The NGF boss stated that the governors considered
national interest first above politics in unanimously reaching the decision.
“We the governors’ forum have quorum, the quorum is
12. At that time, we had about 32. We looked at the country Nigeria first
before any other politics, it is only when you have the county then you have
politics,” he said.
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