September 30, 2022

Finance Minister Confirms N1.14 Billion Vehicle Purchase for Niger Republic – The Whistler Newspaper

… Says Buhari’s buy endorsement is good for Nigeria

The Federal Government on Wednesday confirmed the purchase of vehicles worth N1.14 billion for the Government of the Republic of Niger.

Finance, Budget and National Planning Minister Zainab Ahmed justified the spending while addressing reporters shortly after the Federal Executive Council meeting chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari.

A document shared on social media had shown how Buhari’s administration purchased the vehicle. The purchase had drawn angry reactions from Nigerians.

The document shows that the president approved the release of the fund on February 22.
Part of the document reads: “Being released from funds in the amount of N1,145,000,000.00 at the Accountant General’s Office of IFO Kaura Motors Nig. Limited to supply (10) ten numbers of Toyota land cruiser V8 vehicles to the Republic of Niger. See the approval of Mr. President on page 83 dated 28/02 2022”.

The viral document had prompted reactions from a cross section of Nigerians on social media.

But reacting to the outrage, the finance minister said the intervention with neighboring Niger Republic is not new and it was the prerogative of President Muhammadu Buhari who approved the purchase.

She said the president’s actions could not be questioned as he had the right to make his own assessment of situations and issue directives accordingly.

Ahmed added that the financial support, which is mainly aimed at strengthening the protection capacity of their territory, based on a request from the Nigerien government, is also in the best interests of the country.

She further explained that it is Nigeria’s policy to help its neighbors build their capacity to deal with insecurity.