CORRUPTION GALORE: Jonathan gets approval to borrow $1billion to “fight Boko Haram” or rather campaign in 2015

  • 18 billion was pumped into the army and no equipment bought. The US president Obama just asked Jonathan at the UN what crazy stealing was going on with him and his army chiefs stealing all these billions pumped to terror.

The Senate on Thursday approved a request for external borrowing of not more than 1 billion dollars by President Goodluck Jonathan to tackle security challenges in the country.

New Military chief Fat Alex says Boko Haram will be defeated by this April
New Military chief Fat Alex says Boko Haram will be defeated by this April

This followed the consideration of the report of the Joint Committees on Finance, and Local and Foreign Debts on the loan request at plenary in Abuja.

The Chairman of the Committee on Finance, Ahmad Makarfi (PDP-Kaduna), who presented the report, said the facility was not a cash loan but supply of military hardware to be paid over seven years.

He said in view of the urgent need to restore normalcy in the country and since the loan did not attract interest, Nigeria should take advantage of the opportunity.

According to him, the requested loan was for helicopters, ships, armament and hardware.

“The 12 nos. M135 Helicopters being requested for now are appropriate for the nature of the operation and the terrain.

“Belarus has accepted to give helicopters on the condition of instalment payment over a seven-year period.

“Other hardware, armament and equipment will be bought on the same terms from other European countries,” he said.

Mr. Makarfi further said the joint committee discovered in its findings that the number of helicopters in the fleet of the Nigeria Air Force was inadequate for effective deployment.

He said the reason for inadequate helicopters was due to inadequate funds for maintenance and recent burning of two helicopters by insurgents in Maiduguri.

boko ihejirikaHe further said that no new helicopter had been added to the fleet since 1998.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the senate, however, went into a rowdy session prior to the approval as the lawmakers were divided over the matter.

While some lawmakers applauded the effort of the joint committee and moved for immediate approval of the loan in view of the security challenges, others raised concerns about the legality of the approval.

Olubunmi Adetumbi (APC-Ekiti), quoting the Appropriation Act and the constitution, argued that approving the loan without following laid down procedures had consequences.

“This request to the best of our ability and with the assistance of the constitution, has consequences for the existing Appropriation Act,’’ he said.

“We do not question the right of Mr President to ask for money but there is a process that needs to be followed,’’ he said.

In the same vein, Sen. George Akume (APC-Benue) called for appropriate procedures to be followed by the senate.

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