The approval of N1, 145,000,000 for the purchase and supply of 10 Toyota Land Cruiser cars to the Niger Republic on Wednesday
drew harsh condemnation for the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd).
Investigative journalist David Hundeyin made the discovery
when he tweeted that he had obtained a document
from the Nigerian Budget Office that proved
that the President had given his clearance for the purchase of the automobiles from the neighboring nation.
In order to support his assertion that the President authorized the transfer of funds
to the organization Kaura Motors Nigeria Limited on February 28, 2022, Hundeyin also included a picture of the relevant document.
The document also reads in part,
“Being release of funds in the sum of N1,145,000,000 to the office of the Accountant General of the Federation IFO Kaura Motors Nig. Limited for supply of 10 numbers Toyota Land Cruiser V8 Vehicles to Republic of Nigeria vide Mr. President approval on page 83 dated 28/02/2022.”
Meanwhile the Federal Government defended the acquisition of the cars
by claiming that it was done so in order to enable the nation to protect its territory for the benefit of Nigeria’s security.
After the Federal Executive Council meeting on Wednesday, Zainab Ahmed, the minister of finance, budget, and national planning,
responded to inquiries from the media by saying that Nigeria had always supported its neighbors, Niger Republic.
“This is not the first time that Nigeria has supported Niger Republic, Cameroon or Chad, and the President makes an assessment as to what is required, based on the request of their President and such requests are approved and the interventions provided is to enhance their capacity to protect their own territory as it relates to security also to Nigeria,” Ahmed said.