A sum of N1.14 billion was recently granted by the federal government, under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari, to be used toward purchasing automobiles for the Niger Republic.
Zainab Ahmed, the minister of finance, budget, and national planning, acknowledged the expenditures during the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting on Wednesday, August 3.
According to Mrs. Ahmed, the transfer of the grant was intended to improve the country’s ability to protect itself in the areas of security and Nigeria. Because of its strategy of supporting neighbouring countries, the Nigerian government has made this decision, says the minister.
While Nigerians have a right to dispute the choice, President Buhari has a responsibility to assess the circumstances and make the correct judgments for the country, according to her.
“Let me just say that over time, Nigeria has had to support its neighbours, especially the immediate neighbours to enhance their capacity to secure their countries as it relates to us. This is not the first time that Nigeria had assisted the 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 were provided.”