Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar on Monday asked the federal government to investigate the disbursement of $1billion approved for special security challenges.
A statement from Atiku Media Office asked for a state of emergency in military financing. The Nigerian Army earlier said the $1billion approved has not been released to them.
“His Excellency, Atiku Abukakar calls for a comprehensive insurance program for all officers and men of our military and security services such that if they are injured and killed in service, their family receives a sum equal to 10 years salary and allowances.
“Going further, Atiku Abubakar posits that the emergency should allow families of soldiers and policemen killed in service to be allowed to remain in their official quarters for as long as is reasonably possible for them to get alternative accommodation and that a special agency be set up to help them in that process.
“The PDP candidate calls for a comprehensive probe into the disbursements of the $1 billion special security budget that was withdrawn from the Excess Crude Account by the current administration in January of 2018.
“Atiku Abubakar calls for a 7-day period of national mourning, for flags to be flown at half mast and for national awards to be given to these fallen heroes who should be given heroes funerals. It is the least we can do for those who gave their lives that we might have ours.
“No more must we continue to read of the deaths of our heroes. Serving Nigeria must be a thing of sacrifice and pride, not a suicide mission. If we must send men and women to protect us, we must protect them by giving them the very best training and weaponry money can buy,” he said.