OrderPaperToday – Senator Ben Murray-Bruce has issued a warning to the presidency over a recent approval of $1 billion from the Excess Crude Account to be used to tackle the Boko Haram terrorism in the North-eastern part of the country.
On Wednesday, the Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali, briefed State House Correspondents on the approval by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The matter should have been debated at the Senate after the resolution was made at the 83rd National Executive Council (NEC), Chaired by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on the 14th of December 2017.
However, the National Assembly swept it under the rug after the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, convinced his colleagues that his party would follow “due process” and not go ahead with release without authorization.
Reacting to the directive given by Buhari, the PDP lawmaker took a swipe at the presidency and executive, stating that there ought to respect for separation of powers.
He made his remarks in a Twitter post on Thursday, saying, “There is separation of powers in Nigeria. It has not been approved, it is simply the choice of words, the presidency or the executive cannot spend a single kobo on such a mission unless the National Assembly approves.”