FG confirms spending N1.4 billion to purchase ten (10) 2022 Toyota Land Cruiser V8 for Niger Republic.
It says the support, based on a request by Nigerien Govt. to enhance its security, is also in the best interest of the Nigeria.
It added that Nigeria has a policy of assisting its neighbours to strengthen capacity to deal with insecurity.
Minister of Finance, Budget, and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, confirmed this to reporters after Wednesday’s Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting, which was presided over by the President.
Responding to questions regarding documents released on social media by social media influencer, David Hundeyin, which showed that the president approved the release of the funds for Niger Republic, the Minister said Nigeria has a policy of assisting its neighbours to strengthen capacity to deal with insecurity.
According to her, President Buhari, whose actions she cannot question, has the right to make his own assessment of situations and give directives accordingly.
She added that the financial support, based on a request by the Nigerien Government to enhance its security, is also in the best interest of the Nigeria.
“Let me just say that overtime, Nigeria has had to support its neighbors especially the immediate neighbors to enhance their capacity to secure their countries as it relates to us. This is not the first time that Nigeria had assisted Niger Republic, Cameroon or Chad.
“The President makes an assessment as to what is required based on the request of their Presidents. Such requests are approved and interventions are provided.
“It is to enhance their capacity to protect their countries, as it relates to security and also to Nigeria.”
The document released by media influencer, David Hundeyin, showed that the president Muhammadu Buhari, approved the release of the fund on the 22nd of February this year.
The contract to supply the ten (10) units of Toyota Land Cruiser V8 sports utility vehicle (SUV) was awarded to Kaura Motors Nig. Limited, according to the document released by David Hundeyin.