- President Muhammadu Buhari said he had not approved $1billion for arms procurement
- The minister of defence, Mansur Dan-Ali, had on Wednesday, April 4, said the president released the fund
- Buhari through his aide, Senator Ita Enang, emphasised that the fund is still undergoing executive standard operating procedure
President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday, April 9, denied approving the release of $1 billion for arms' procurement.
Daily Trust reports that the minister of defence, Mansur Dan-Ali, had told State House reporters last Wednesday, April 4, after Buhari met with security chiefs that the president approved the release of the fund, from the Excess Crude Account, for military equipment's purchase to fight insecurity.
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Legit.ng gathered that the National Assembly had kicked against such approval, saying it could not stand without recourse to the legislature.
But Buhari, in a statement Monday, April 9, by his senior special assistant on National Assembly matters, Senator Ita Enang, said the fund had not been approved.
"The said sum has not and cannot be approved for spending by Mr. President," the presidential aide emphasised.
According to Enang, the process of approving the money for use is still undergoing executive standard operating procedure before presenting same to the National Assembly for approval.
He said the fund could only be spent "upon and in the manner as shall be approved by the National Assembly and assented to in an Appropriation Act or a supplementary Appropriation Act."
Enang repeated that Buhari had not approved the sum for any release of the arms' procurement or application howsoever.
He said before any sum is released from the Consolidated Revenue Fund, there must be Appropriation Act, Vote of Charge and Warrant which is legally predicated on appropriation authorization sub-head under the Act.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Senate president Bukola Saraki said some senators were not happy that President Muhammadu Buhari did not consult with the leadership of the National Assembly before approving the release of $1 billion for the purchase of arms to fight insecurity in the country.
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