$1bn arms fund: ”President Buhari will seek approval from National Assembly” Presidency

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Special Adviser to President Buhari on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, has dismissed speculations that President Buhari will bypass the National Assembly to give full approval for the release of $1 billion for arms purchase.

One Wednesday, President Buhari gave the approval of the fund for the purchase of arms for the military. PDP in a statement released by its spokesperson, Kola Ologbodiyan, called on the National Assembly to sanction President Buhari for giving approval for the release of the money without the permission of the lawmakers.

Adesina, in an interview with Channels TV today, said President Buhri will still seek approval from the lawmakers before fully releasing the funds for arms purchase. He also reacted to claims that the fund released was to execute President Buhari’s re-election bid.

”As we speak now the communication to the National Assembly is about ready. Those who have been flexing muscles over the matter should just have bothered to make inquiries from the Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly matters. If they had inquired they would have been told that the communication would soon be on the way to the National Assembly. Talking about the timing, there is no timing that is not good for security. Every time is security time. Those who are reading political meaning into it is just unfortunate they play politics with everything and they will play politics with the very lives of Nigerians, which is very bad,’’ he said

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