Governors in Nigeria have called on President Muhammadu Buhari to release a bailout fund which will help cater for the increasingly numerous insecurity cases in their states.
Disclosing this on a videoconferencing meeting Tuesday between President Buhari, members of Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) security council, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and security chiefs at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, reports said they asked Buhari to consider a “bailout” for security for the States in view of the enormity of the resources they now expend in support of the military and the police
According to a statement signed by Mr Buhari’s spokesperson, Garba Shehu, Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State, in his remark, urged the president to consider a bailout for states; especially as governors allowed the federal government to withdraw $1 billion from the Excess Crude Account for the procurement of weapons to fight insecurity in the country.
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“In their submissions anchored by their Chairman, Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State, and Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno State, the Governors highlighted the problems of poverty, unemployment, the trust deficit between the military and civilian populations and the inflow of small arms into the country,” Mr Shehu wrote.
“The Governors also pointed to the problem of coordination among military and security chiefs and played up their own security roles which included USD1 billion they allowed the President to withdraw from the Excess Crude Account (ECA) for weapons procurement two years ago.
“They, therefore, urged the President to consider a “bailout” for security for the States in view of the enormity of the resources they now expend in support of the military and the police,” Mr Shehu said.