The House of Representatives is set to investigate how funds appropriated to security agencies are utilised after a motion queried the operational lapses that led to the killings of at least 118 soldiers by Boko Haram at Metele village, Borno State was moved at its plenary session on Tuesday 27th November, 2018.
Members of the House of Representatives had expressed dismay over President Buhari‘s disposition over the attack and his silence on the issue days after the news first made headlines. Prior to the decision taken by the House, the Senate had also adjourned plenary on Thursday 22nd November in honour of Nigeria’s fallen heroes.
Some lawmakers had faulted the Executive, for claiming more than two years ago that the insurgents had been “technically defeated.” Section 218(2) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) gives the President powers to appoint the Chief of Army Staff; a position currently occupied by Tukur Yusuf Buratai. The said Chief of Army staff has held the post since 2015 despite failing to deliver in restoring peace to the North-East region.