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Boko Haram: Saraki speaks on $1bn ECA fund [News]

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The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has reacted to the $1billion withdrawan from the Excess Crude Account to fight against Boko Haram in the North East.

Saraki said the All Progressives Congress, APC-led federal government does not spend money without following due process.

He said this during plenary on Thursday, after Ike Ekeweremadu, deputy senate president, informed the Senate that they were supposed to debate the $1 billion meant to be withdrawn from the Excess Crude Account.

Ekweremadu wanted to know why the matter was not listed on the order paper.

Senator representing Imo East, Samuel Anyanwu, who had on Wednesday drawn the attention of the senate to the issue, was, however, absent when Ekweremadu raised the issue on the floor of the red chamber on Thursday.

Responding, Saraki explained that the motion would not be taken because Anyanwu was not around.

Saraki said, “As you can see, he is not here. So, we have to put it down. Next legislative day is when we resume. It would be the first item on the order paper.

“We cannot take it when the person is not here and it’s a very important motion that needs to be delivered very well.

“It cannot be delegated. We would take it. I assure you that we would take it… our party does not do things like that; we would not spend money without following due process. I am assuring you that the money would not be spent until we come back and debate it. Leader, I hope you heard the commitment I made on behalf of all of us.”

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