CSOs demand an audit of defense budgets

A coalition of 200 civil society groups has called on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offenses Commission (ICPC) and other enforcement agencies laws to urgently undertake a thorough investigation into defense budgets between 2015 and 2022.

The coalition wants a focus on procurement processes, awarding of contracts, as well as staff and staff welfare.

The planned investigation, the group added, must include the Office of the National Security Advisor (ONSA), as well as all former and current service chiefs during the reporting period.

The coalition, which operates under the auspices of the National Civil Society Coalition for Peace and Security, based its request on the growing insecurity in the country, caused by insurgency, terrorism, banditry, kidnappings and other violent tendencies threatening national security and peace despite the huge sums of money allocated to intelligence and security agencies.

In a statement jointly signed by Dr. Umar Abdulkadir (National Chairman) and Dr. Gbenga Oshinowo (National Secretary), the group commended President Muhammadu Buhari for the huge budgetary allocations he has made available to the defense sector and security over the past seven years. .

The statement said the development was indicative of the president’s commitment to a safe and orderly society, where investment opportunities will thrive.

“Unfortunately, there have been no commensurate results to justify the huge investments in the critical defense and security sector, which run into the billions of naira, over the past seven years.

“These investments, for all intents and purposes, are a demonstration of the commitment of our dear President and Commander-in-Chief of the Federal Republic Armed Forces, Muhammadu Buhari, to the safety and security of Nigerians,” the group said.

The coalition said the investigation has become imperative given the fact that President Buhari will leave office on May 29, 2023 and the dire need for the world to know the truth about the trillions of naira allocated to defense and security. .

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