Controversy as Buhari appropriates $1bn for arms purchase without N’Assembly approval

President Muhammadu Buhari may have violated the 1999 Constitution (as amended) with his bypassing of the National Assembly to approve $1 billion for the.purchasr of arms.

The purchase, according to the Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali, is meant to procure arms to fight Boko Haram.

Section 81 vests the National Assembly with the power to approve appropriations.

 

The matter had been brought up by Senator Samuel Anyanwu in December 2017 via a motion bit could not be debated sue to the absence of the sponsor.

Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, had said due process would be followed in the matter but nothing came out if it.

He had said: “We cannot take it when the person is not here and it is a very important motion that needs to be delivered very well. It cannot be delegated. We would take it. I assure you that we would take it.

“Our party does not do things like that we would not spend money that does not follow due process I am assuring you that the money would not be spent until we come back and debate it.”

The matter was brought up at the 83rd National Economic Council (NEC) Meeting, chaired by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo on December 14, 2017.

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