Niamey—Mohamed Bazoum, President of Niger Republic, has denied receiving N1.2 billion worth of vehicles from the government of Nigeria.
Earlier this month, it was widely reported that the Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal government of Nigeria transferred N1.2 billion to the Niger Republic on August 3, a report confirmed by Nigeria’s finance minister, Zainab Ahmed.
The Nigerian government had said the gesture was out of goodwill and which is to foster good neighbouring relations between the two countries.
The minister had argued that though Nigerians had the right to question the rationale for such donation, Buhari, who approved the purchase, also had the right to make his assessment of situations and act accordingly.
But according to SaharaReporters, the Nigerien Minister of Defence, Alkassoum Indatou, in a rebuttal to the claim by the Buhari government, 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.”
The Buhari administration claimed in February that it had contracted Kaura Motors Nigeria Limited, with Fidelity Bank account 4010638472, to purchase 10 Toyota Land Cruiser vehicles for the Niger Republic for N1.2 billion.