The Government of Niger Republic under President Mohamed Bazoum has denied receiving N1.2 billion worth of vehicles from President Muhammadu Buhari’s regime in Nigeria.
This position contradicts a statement by Nigeria’s Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed.
The Minister had told Nigerians that the country donated vehicles worth N1.2 billion to Niger Republic, a statement that elicited anger among Nigerians amid the strike by Nigerian universities unions.
The Nigerien Minister of Defence, Alkassoum Indatou, revealed that the Maradi region received Hilux vans from Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara State and not from the Buhari regime.
“The state of Zamfara has given five vehicles to the Maradi region, four of which have already been received; it is not the federal government as the Minister of Finance of Nigeria Zainab Ahmed declared,” said a translation of the French statement of a top Nigerien official familiar with the matter.
“The populations of Zamfara who are on the border with Niger call more on the Nigerien soldiers who respond to the minute than even those of their own country.”