Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike has asked the Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government to provide answers to the $1 billion that was withdrawn from the Excess Crude Account to purchase arms for the fight against insecurity.
Speaking during a Channels TV interview on Monday, Wike asked President Muhammadu Buhari to hold officials accountable for their actions.
The National Economic Council had on December 15, 2017 agreed to utilise $1billion from Nigeria’s excess crude account to tackle Boko Haram insurgency and other security challenges.
Four years after, several questions have been raised by many, including Governor Wike regarding the purchase of the equipment, especially as insecurity has worsened since then.
“I remember there was a time when $1 billion was taken from the Excess Crude Account to provide for security. Where is the equipment that we bought,” Wike questioned.
“If I should release that money as the Chief Security Officer, knowing how Nigeria is, I will make sure that those weapons and the right ones were bought.”
The governor also reacted to the decision of the House of Representatives to summon the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru and the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele, over the procurement of arms.
He also faulted the response of the army chief over the arms purchase during his appearance before the lower chamber.
Wike added, “I was surprised when I was watching the television when the House of Representatives invited the Chief of Army Staff about the purchase of weapons and he said ‘look, you know the right people to ask.
“You have to take leadership. Even if those who were at the helms of affairs of security, the onus is on you, you can still summon them back. “