Northern senators Wednesday appealed to President Goodluck Jonathan not to utilise the funds of states and local governments under emergency rule to prosecute the anti-terror campaign in Yobe, Adamawa and Borno States.
The senators made the appeal after a meeting of the Northern Senators' Forum (NSF) where they assessed developments in the three states where the president had declared emergency rule on May 14.
Chairman of the forum, Senator Umaru Dahiru, while briefing journalists after the event, said the forum was not opposed to resolutions reached on the floor of the Senate on the proclamation of the state of emergency in the three states.
He however said the forum was only concerned about the wellbeing of the affected people and called on the president to leave the funds in the interest of the states.
He said: “As concerned senators from the northern end, we felt we should be monitoring from time to time what goes on and what goes out regarding the emergency rule and it is in this regard we decided to have a meeting today (Wednesday) and reached these resolutions.
“The forum, after an exhaustive deliberation on the security of the people of the affected states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe, in particular and Nigeria in general, resolved and concurred with the resolution of the National Assembly that the statutory allocation of the affected states and local governments are paid in full as and when due and no part of it whatsoever should be withheld.
“Secondly, that the federal government should pay more attention to the humanitarian situation in the affected states by providing more humanitarian assistance.”
Deputy Leader of the Senate, Abdul Ningi, also said no funds of the states and local governments should be touched because the states were in some financial difficulty.