NSA denies managing Nigeria’s defence budget

NSA denies managing Nigeria’s defence budget

The NSA said he had no responsibility for military personnel salaries, allowances, and capital projects.

The Office of the National Security Adviser on Tuesday denied the allegation that it managed the funds of the Ministry of Defence.

This is contained in a statement issued by Karounwi Adekunle, Special Assistant Media to the National Security Adviser, in Abuja.

The statement, which reacted to a report, said the office was separate from the ministry in all budgetary affairs.

The statement added that the office and the ministry defended their budgets separately before the National Assembly.

According to the statement, all budgetary provisions are clearly spelt out and within the public domain.

It added that the office had no responsibility for military personnel salaries and allowances, capital projects or otherwise, adding that all were within the domain of the ministry.

“So, how can the office of national security adviser have been accused of managing defence funds?’’ it said.

The management of Nigeria’s defence funds has been questioned following the worsening spate of insecurity across the country, particularly the terrorists acts of the Boko Haram group.

Despite spending almost N1 trillion annually for the past few years, soldiers and security officials are still inadequately equipped and motivated to fight the insurgents.

Residents of many of the villages attacked by the Boko Haram in the northeast reported soldiers abandoning them and running for their lives when faced with the superior fire power of the Boko Haram.

Several Nigerians including the opposition All Progressives Congress, APC, have called for the probe of defence spendings.


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