Senate shelves debates on $1bn Boko Haram fund until 2018
Published on December 22, 2017
A mild drama ensued at the upper chamber of the National Assembly on Thursday when the proposed debate on the withdrawal of $1bn from the Excess Crude Account by the Federal Government to fund war against Boko Haram was shelved by the Senate President.
The Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, raised the point at the plenary on citing the exclusion of the debate from the Order Paper.
According to him, it was decided that the motion raised by Senator Samuel Anyanwu (Imo-East) would be addressed on Thursday.
Reacting to this, President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, reiterates the absence of Senator Anyanwu as a hindering factor to the debate.
In his words, “As you can see, he is not here and, unfortunately, we have to put it down (suspend the motion).”
However, this does not go well with the law makers who chorused a resounding “no!”
The President of the Senate further asserts that “We will take it. I can assure you that we will take it. I give you the assurance that we will take it.”
He assured the lawmakers that the money would not be spent from the account without legislative approval; this statement undoubtedly quenches the noise.
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