Security Challenges In All State Will Be Resolved With The $1 Billion Withdrawal Not Only For Boko Haram Fight– Osinbajo

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Nigeria’s Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has on Tuesday, December 19, 2017
said the $1billion insurgency fund which the state governors asked the federal
government to withdraw from the Excess Crude Account was not meant for the
fight against Boko Haram terrorists alone.
He said the fund is meant to tackle all security challenges confronting
various states across the country.
Osinbajo said this at the opening of the Secretary to the Government of
the Federation and Secretaries to state governments’ retreat in Abuja.
Chairman of the Nigerian Governors Forum, Abdulaziz Yari, last
Wednesday, at a meeting of the National Economic Council announced that the
governors had asked the Federal Government to withdraw $1billion from the ECA
to fight the insurgency, a decision which sparked criticism from the opposition
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
But Osinbajo said that the governors jointly approved the $1billion
funds for national security after a national security summit held two months
ago.
He said the decision of the summit followed consideration of various
security challenges across the country, including kidnapping, small arms
trafficking, terrorist activities of Boko Haram in the North East, clashes
between herdsmen and farmers, as well as cattle rustling.
“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.
“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,” the Vice-president
said.

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