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President Buhari is seeking a second term in office (photo credit: TVC)

The Socio-economic Rights and Accountability Project (Serap) has appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to quickly set up a commission of inquiry to investigate the spending  of military budgets between 1999 and 2018.

Serap said an investigation into the budgets would promote transparency and accountability in the country’s military.

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The rights group made this known in an open letter to the president, saying that the probe would ensure that funds meant for military operations are so used to end the vulnerability and killings of Nigerian soldiers.

The organisation was reacting to the recent killing of scores of Nigerian soldiers by a faction of the dreaded Boko Haram.

Serap called on Buhari to refer all allegations of corruption in the spending of funds meant to purchase arms for Nigerian soldiers to the Internal Criminal Court.

“Several billions of naira allocated to the military to defend the country have neither contributed to improving the ability of Nigerian soldiers to fight Boko Haram and other armed groups nor provided the much-needed security especially for Nigerians in the north-east of the country,” Serap’s Legal Adviser, Bamisope Adeyanju, said in the letter dated November 23, 2018.