There have been reactions to the decision after an investigative journalist, David Hundeyin said he stumbled into the approval by the President.
According to Hundeyin in a tweet, the federal government released the money to Kaura Motors Nigeria Limited, on February 28, 2022
Part of the documents from the Budget Office gave details of the vehicles as “10 numbers Toyota Land Cruiser V8 Vehicles to Republic of Nigeria vide Mr. President approval on page 83 dated 28/02/2022.”
The Finance, Budget and National Planning Minister, Zainab Ahmed, in her defence of the purchase said it was to support Niger Republic in fight against insecurity.
Ahmed was quoted by Punch Newspaper saying, “This is not the first time that Nigeria has supported Niger, 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.”
However, many Nigerians have condemned the action of the President saying it was insensitive to the needs of Nigeria.
Punch also reports the Country Director, Transparency International, Auwal Rafsanjani, saying the decision showed a lack of priority for development in Nigeria.
Rafsanjani said, “ Otherwise, our universities have been closed down for months, how much is ASUU asking for to stop the strike, how much is needed to modernise our health sector and also improve the lives of Nigerians? But the current leaders just want to accumulate tax payers’ money for personal use”