‘Security vote’ spending up ahead of 2019 elections
Transparency International has warned the Nigerian government is using an increasing amount of so-called “security votes” in the run up to the 2019 elections.
Security votes are large amounts of cash given to tackle unspecified security issues agreed at the discretion of public officials without being subjected to oversight or independent audit.
But Transparency International argue these security “slush funds” – totalling some $670m (£500m) – fuel corruption and conflict..
The organisation and local Partner Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre are seeking an end to the practice, which it says has been used as “camouflage cash” by successive governments since 1999.