By Soni Daniel
Abuja— Nigerian Governors, yesterday, distanced themselves from the outburst by their Ekiti State counterpart, Ayo Fayose, that the approval of $1 billion from the Excess Crude Account for tackling Boko Haram (Jama’atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda’awati wal-Jihad, which, in English, means, “People Committed to the Propagation of the Prophet’s Teachings and Jihad”) was an indirect campaign cash donation for President Muhammadu Buhari’s 2019 presidential bid.
The governors who spoke through the Chairman of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum, NGF, Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara State, said Fayose was strictly on his own as far as the approval for the money was concerned, since he personally elected not to attend NGF meeting where the approval for the release of the money to the federal government to tackle insurgency was taken on the eve of the last National Economic Council, NEC, meeting.
Yari, in a statement on yesterday, made it clear that the decision to allow the Federal Government access the money, was a collective one by the governors’ forum.
The governor maintained that the absence of Fayose from the said meeting where the decision was taken did not clear anyone of responsibility for the forum’s resolutions.
“If Governor Fayose was there at the meeting, he would have seen the wisdom in the decision. Yes, the administration is claiming to have decimated the insurgents out of Sambisa Forest but they are re-emerging in different flashpoints across the country.