Documents showing how Nigeria’s president, Muhammadu Buhari, approved N1.4 billion for the purchase of vehicles for the government of Niger Republic despite constantly saying that ‘Nigeria is broke’, have surfaced online.
The document, which was released by investigative journalist David Hundeyin on his verified Twitter account, showed that the president approved the fund for the purchase on February 28 this year.
The document which emanated from the Budget Office of the Federation reads: “Being Release Of Fund In The Sum Of N1,145,000,000.00 To The Office Of The Accountant General Of The Federation Ifo Kaura Motors Nig. Limited For Supply Of Ten (10) Numbers Toyota Land Cruiser V8 Vehicles To Republic Of Niger Vide Mr President Approval On Page 83 Dated 28/02/2022 And The Hmfbnp’s Directive On File No: Fmf/Cmd/Finance/0001/V/Tin/At Page 84 Dated 22/07/2022.”
Revealing the document, Hundeyin tweeted: “I’ve got hold of a budget office document showing Buhari 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.”
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He went on to rhetorically ask why the “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?”
Recall that the government has used every medium to tell Nigerians and the entire world that Nigeria is broke and hinged on its inability to resolve the lingering staff of academic staff union of universities (ASUU) industrial action.
“President Buhari, over to you please. Kindly explain why you are expending scarce Nigerian public sector resources on your Nigerièn cousins, and in such a brazen manner that you dare to let it appear on official Budget Office documentation. Nigeria is waiting,” he said.