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Nigerians react as Buhari approves N1.4bn to purchase vehicles for Niger Republic

Tobi Adebayo
Nigerians have reacted to a budget office document which showed that President Muhammadu Buhari approved the sum of N1.4bn to purchase vehicles for the Government of Niger Republic.

Investigative journalist, David Hundeyin shared a photo of the document dated 28th July, 2022, via Twitter.

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According to the document, the approved fund is for the purchase of 10 Toyota Land Cruiser V8 vehicles.

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He wrote: “I’ve got hold of a budget office document showing @MBuhari approving N1.4 billion to buy vehicles for the government of Niger Republic.

“I went ahead to confirm the account details provided in the document and sure enough it checks out.

“Why is @MBuhari’s government purchasing vehicles for a foreign government? Is this an extension of the same nonsensical decision-making that saw it prioritise a railway to Maradi?”

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Reacting to the document, Nigerians on Twitter have condemned the President for ignoring the demands of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) while purchasing vehicles for the government of another country.

@dann_10 tweeted: “I won’t be surprised if this is why Nigeria’s debt to revenue ratio keeps rising….the man is running two countries with one country’s resources.”

@henry_shield tweeted: “ASUU is on strike and Nigerian undergraduates are wasting away at home for almost 7 months because “we don’t have money”?”

@benigbakpa tweeted: “It’s not the first time he’s shown such unworthy favouritism to the Niger Republic. Some will justify this as an aspect of diplomatic goodwill but it is not. It is nepotism and a show of gratitude for the interference of Niger in our internal affairs, especially elections.”

@simoncephas tweeted: “1.4 billion in buying Toyota Land Cruiser for a foreign nation that is inconsequential to the of the country’s wealth, whilst citizens wallow in poverty. ASUU on strike. This present government children should pray very well cos the heart of people are not wishing them well.”

 

 

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