Outrage as Buhari Approves N1.14 billion donation to Niger Republic

Osaretin Balogban

Nigerians on social media have expressed anger over the news that President Muhammadu Buhari approved the donation of N1.14 billion to the Republic of Niger.

Zainab Ahmed, the Minister of Finance, Budget, and National Planning confirmed the reports to newsmen briefly after the Federal Executive Council meeting on Wednesday.

The Minister said the donation is to aid Niger in acquiring operational vehicles, she said although Nigerians possess the right to question the donation approved by Buhari, he also has the right to take such decisions based on his assessment.

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Despite the statement from the Minister, Nigerians have expressed disappointment over the decision of the President with some airing their views and opinions on Twitter;

@Im_sandybelle: Nigeria is where it is today mainly because of poorly planned expenditures. Nigeria be acting like the sugar daddy to Niger republic.

@timi_omi: So Buhari indeed approved N1.4 billion to buy vehicles For Niger Republic! ASUU went on strike Feb 14, Buhari signed out 1.4 BILLION naira for Niger Republic on Feb 22. Haaaa! Who did we offend in Nigeria please???

@advantagetony: President Buhari Has Done More For Niger Republic Than Nigeria.

@tochizkc: Buhari approves N1.2 billion to aid Niger Republic buy cars to tackle security situations in that country. I feel violated, I feel insulted and I feel hurt badly.

@Hon_Tenacious: Since 2015 Buhari has been giving away Nigeria money to Niger. Imagine if Atiku comes in as president in 2023 you know which neighboring country Nigeria money will be moving next to. We are in real mess already

@S_mattahorn: It is in Nigeria’s best interest to spend 1.4bn to purchase cars for Niger Republic according to Minister of finance. Nigeria isn’t a real place.

@classic_buddie: Is this true? A nation borrowing to pay salaries is buying vehicles worth N1.4b to buy vehicles for Niger Republic! Waste in governance, yet the masses are put through hardship with increased cost of living. Make it make sense… Latest Land Cruisers oo!

@JeSuisPrecious: Asuu is on strike. Salaries are owed. Pensioners can’t even take care of their bills. Yet, you donate to Afghanistan. You dash money 2 Niger to buy Cars? Are Nigerians not really seeing what’s going on here? Are we being enslaved in our own country?

@snappy911: So Buhari gave out $1m to Talibans. Afghanistan. Without due process. ASUU is still on strike. Buhari further gave out N1.4 billion to Niger Republic to buy 10 cars.

Those were some of the views that Nigerians aired on Twitter.

Source: Daily Post

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