FG confirms N1.14bn donation to Niger Republic to procure vehicles

FG confirms N1.14bn donation to Niger Republic to procure vehicles

FG confirms N1.14bn donation to Niger Republic to procure vehicles

FG confirms donation of N1.14 billion to Republic of Niger to procure vehicles

Amid speculation of a N1.14 billion donation to the Republic of Niger to help purchase some company vehicles, the federal government on Wednesday justified the approval.

Finance, Budget and National Planning Minister Zainab Ahmed confirmed the purchase while answering reporters’ questions shortly after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Following outrage over the approval, which a well-known social media influencer, David Hundeyin, revealed on Wednesday, the minister argued that while Nigerians have the right to question the rationale for such a donation, President Muhammadu Buhari , who approved the purchase, also have the right to assess situations for themselves and act accordingly.

The document released by the media influencer revealed that the President approved the release of the fund on February 22 this year.

IFO Kaura Motors Nig. Limited was awarded the contract to supply 10 units of Toyota Land Cruisers.

But Zanaib justified the funds, noting that the President reserves the right to make decisions in Nigeria’s interests, insisting that “this is not the first time the country has granted such interventions to its neighbors.”

“Let me just say that over time Nigeria has had to support its neighbors, particularly the immediate neighbors, to improve their capacity to secure their countries in relation to us. This is not the first time Nigeria has helped the Republic of Niger. Cameroon or Chad.

“The President is evaluating what is required based on the request from his Presidents. Such requests will be approved and interventions provided.

“It is to improve their ability to protect their countries in terms of security and Nigeria as well.

She added: “Nigerians have the right to ask questions, but the President also has a responsibility to make an assessment of what is in the country’s best interest and I cannot question the decision myself.

“I have said that this is not the first time and that Nigeria as a country is intervening with our neighbors. It is in Nigeria’s best interests to do so.”

Reports had surfaced that the President authorized about 10 Toyota Land Cruiser vehicles for the Republic of Niger, but did not specify the purpose of that authorization.

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