The Federal Government has confirmed that it approved the purchase of vehicles worth N1.4 billion for neighboring Niger Republic to tackle insecurity.
An Independent journalist, David Hundeyin, had on Tuesday, posted the photo of a budget office document showing the payment for the transaction.
Hundeyin had asked President Muhammadu Buhari to explain why “scarce” public sector resources were being expended on Niger Republic without it appearing “on official Budget Office documentation.”
Speaking on Wednesday, after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting, presided over by the President, Minister of Finance, Budget, and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, confirmed the purchase.
Ahmed said providing intervention to the neighbouring Niger Republic is the prerogative of President Muhammadu Buhari, who approved the purchase.
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, which is primarily for the purpose of enhancing capacity to protect their territory, based on a request by the Nigerien Government, is also in the best interest of the country.
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