Nigeria’s President to face sanctions over alleged $496.3m expenditure


Politics

The strongest opposition party in Nigeria, Peoples’ Democratic Party, has charged the National Assembly to sanction President Muhammadu Buhari, for spending $496.3 millon to purchase military aircraft from the United States of America (USA) without due approval from the National Assembly. The party’s National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, said the president violated his oath of office and section 80 (3) (4) of the 1999 Constitution by spending money from the Excess Crude Account (ECA); without recourse to the National Assembly. “Buhari paid the $496.3 million for the purchase of military aircraft from the United States to curry President Donald Trump’s support for his 2019 re-election bid.” He said

Spokesman of the House of Representatives, Abdulrazak, expressed that the National Assembly supports spending as long as it follows due process because there are many security challenges, ranging from insurgency, herdsmen crisis, kidnapping, illegal oil bunkering on which money is better spent. The president’s senior special assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba, insisted a letter had been dispatched to the National Assembly about the purchase. “It is not proper at this time to make an issue out of this” Shehu said on a local television station on April 24, 2018.

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