The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has asked President Muhammadu Buhari and 36 state governors urging them to “disclose details of proposed ‘security votes’ spending in their 2021 appropriation bills.
SERAP made this known in a statement issued on Sunday by its Deputy Director, Kolawole Oluwadare.
The group called for measures to be put in place to prevent the misuse and embezzlement of public funds in the name of security votes.
“Disclose details of proposed ‘security votes’ spending in your 2021 appropriation bills to ensure the security and welfare of Nigerians, and to explain the measures your governments are putting in place to prevent the misuse and embezzlement of public funds in the name of security votes,” the statement partly read.
“In the wake of the abduction of over 300 students from the Government Science Secondary School, Kankara, Katsina State, and ongoing security challenges in several parts of the country, the time has come to demonstrate transparency and accountability in the spending of public funds meant to secure people’s lives and property.”