Nigeria: Ministry of Finance begs for ventilators from Elon Musk, Nigerians vent anger

THE NEWSGHOST, NIGERIA – Nigerians on social media vent intense anger over a tweet by the Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning soliciting for some of the ventilators which Elon Musk, South African-born billionaire and owner of Tesla Inc, had offered to give away to hospitals worldwide where they are needed immediately for patients.

Musk made this offer in a tweet on Tuesday in a bid to support the ongoing fight against the coronavirus around the world. The following day, the ministry responded to his tweet soliciting for 100-500 ventilators, at a time when the confirmed cases of coronavirus in the country was less than 200.

Most Nigerians on social media say the reason for their anger was that, since the outbreak of the virus in the country the ministry and other government agencies had received huge donations from both local and international donors but had nothing significant to show for the money and yet was soliciting for more donations.

The ministry’s tweet has now been pulled down. According to report, a statement was issued by Yunusa Abdullahi, the Special Adviser, Media and Communications to the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, describing the tweet as ‘unauthorised’ and stating that it has been ‘brought down’.

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