Senate Summons Finance Minister, Army Chief Over Security Votes

Zainab Ahmed

The Senate Committee on Army has asked the Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed, the Director-General of the Budget Office, Ben Akabueze and the Chief of Army Staff, Major General Attahiru Ibrahim to appear before it next Tuesday.

They were invited to explain details of the funds so far released to the Nigerian Army to fight insurgency, banditry and other forms of insecurity, from 2019 till date.

The Chairman of the Senate panel, Ali Ndume, stated this on Thursday during a meeting with the officials of the Federal Ministry of Finance.

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Ndume expressed disappointment that the Minister shunned the invitation of the panel despite the importance of the issue at stake.

He said, “Honestly, we are not happy that the Minister of Finance is not here today despite the fact that she was duly invited and she knew the importance of the issue we invited her to discuss with us.

“There is nothing that is more important that she could be attending to than the serious problem of insecurity all over Nigeria at the moment.

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“We were blaming the military but the soldiers are claiming that they have no equipment, arms and ammunition to work with because there was no money to buy them.

“We have invited the Minister now to explain why her ministry was not funding the operations of the Army and she is not here. This is not acceptable.”

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