The Federal Government, on yesterday, defended the disbursement of 1.15 billion naira for the purchase of 10 SUVs for the Republic of Niger, saying that the move is to enable the country to safeguard its territory in the best interest of Nigeria’s security.

Fielding questions from State House Correspondents after the Federal Executive Council meeting chaired by President Buhari, the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, said it was not the first time Nigeria is supporting her neighbours.

She argued that the President had a responsibility to make such decisions in the best interests of the country.

A report published by Sahara Reporters in June revealed that the President Muhammadu Buhari approved 1.15 billion Naira to purchase 10 Toyota Land Cruiser V8 vehicles for the Nigerien government.

The record which was sourced from the ‘appropriations’ page of the Ministry’s website showed that in July 2022, 1,145,000,000 billion naira was approved for payment to Kaura Motors Nigeria Limited to supply the SUVs.

Not that Kaura Motors will also supply 25 operational vehicles for the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission at the sum of 810.53 million Naira, as revealed by the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed yesterday.

It also revealed that the President had okayed the disbursement in February 2022.

Credit: Punch

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