Despite cash crunch, Nigeria donates vehicles, motorcycles to Benin Republic

Nigeria has donated 15 cars and 100 motorcycles to the electoral commission of neighbouring Benin.

The Nigerian Ambassador to Benin Republic, Lawrence Obisakin, during the donation, lauded President Muhammadu Buhari’s efforts at asserting Nigeria’s leadership in Africa.

Mr. Obisakin said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Cotonou on the sidelines of the donation of 15 Hilux vehicles and 100 motorcycles to the Independent Electoral Commission of Benin by Nigeria.

The outgoing ambassador said the gesture would further strengthen the excellent bilateral relationship between the two countries.

“I want to say bravo to President Muhammadu Buhari, the government and the people of Nigeria, and the diplomacy of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”

The diplomat said the donations were made despite the financial challenges facing Nigeria.

“We know the economic conjuncture of Nigeria, However, our president, in his wisdom in spite of the economic difficulties, has been able to be sensitive to the dire need of Benin.

“President Buhari, in his wisdom, has been able to find a way of helping a country that needs by far more assistance,” he said.

Mr. Obisakin said the people of Benin were grateful and will continually show appreciation over Nigeria’s support.

“You heard the Chairman of Benin Electoral Commission saying this is the most welcome gift that they’ve ever received because the election is next week Sunday.

“It is a presidential election and it promises to be very keen and very serious and they need the means because Benin is one of the least-developed countries.

“So, Nigeria is lifting up Benin just like Europe, Germany and Britain, did to the Southern countries.

“This goes to show that Nigeria is indeed a friendly nation, Nigeria is a country that is sensitive to the needs of others,” he said.

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Bulus Lolo, also commended Mr. Buhari, saying he had given visibility to Nigeria’s contributions to African countries since his assumption of office.

“As far as I know, we have supported several countries but visibility being given is only under the Buhari’s administration.

“The quantum of support may even be more by previous governments, but they did not take the necessary step to make it public.

“You can see that marked on these vehicles is an inscription: `Donated by the Federal Republic of Nigeria’, that is an advertisement that you are making.

“Clearly, wherever these vehicles go, everyone seeing them will know that they have come from the Government of Nigeria. We made donations in the past but we did not declare.”

Mr. Lolo had earlier presented the items to Tiando Emmanuel, President, Commission Electorale Nationale Autonome of Benin toward the March 6 general elections in the country.

(NAN)


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  • T-Rex

    Should have given Innoson cars to them to show case Naija!

  • North/West Allies

    What happened to 15 Innoson truck? Lol this government is very confused, you want locally made to succeed still you prefer to patronize foreign made. He should have given then innoson that way they can come back to buy more if they like it

  • chyke

    Check global developmental statistics on health and well being and you will find that Benin is far ahead of Nigeria. So we should stop deluding ourselves that we are helping a poor neighbor.

    • SeniO.

      Are you sure? Howcome they come here to work?

    • abodes_124

      Nigerians send their children to schools in Benin republic a[ as well as Ghana] nd pay in hard currency for this.. They are ahead of us not behind.

  • Sam

    Hate this or like it, No One can ever have enough. Even the almighty USA is unable to meet the needs of all Americans.

    These gifts would not hurt Nigeria’s financial situation in anyway. You don’t need to have met all your financial needs before helping/giving to others.

    • Epsilon_Delta

      Hard times no reach the leaders!

      • Agaba ntu-ebi Biafra

        Premium Times, banish this thing to where it belongs, don’t let maniacs blight your beautiful forum!

        • Epsilon_Delta

          Keep changing your name, it doesn’t change the fact that you are a scumbag. All online media outlets are watching you.

          • Agaba ntu-ebi Biafra

            Premium times, banish this thing to where it belongs, don’t let maniacs blight your beautiful forum!!

          • Ajofia

            Punch, please banish this thing to where it belongs, don’t let maniacs blight your beautiful forum!

      • Ajofia

        PREMIUM TIMES, banish this thing to where it belongs, don’t let maniacs blight your beautiful forum!

    • Ochon

      This amount is half or more of what olisah metuh was humiliated for.

    • abodes_124

      is there something said about charity beginning at home ?

  • The truth will set you free

    And what is the news? Only news should have been, they didn’t give them Innoson cars.

    • share Idea

      The news is that Buhari government is dishing out money that is not budgeted. Nigeria we hail thee

      • The truth will set you free

        ok. I am not aware of the budget so cant comment on whether it is outside or within
        However, I still stand by what I said, only news is that they didn’t give out Innoson cars

  • Damilola

    Even in crisis the big brother posture be sustained. We’re giant Africa no matter what the reality on ground is saying. Matching this with a viable economic policies remains with us, hence, I fear Benin might be doing us this same gesture by December, God forbid.

  • ayobamiba

    A government soaked in deception, hypocrisy and pretense can’t take Nigeria to any where.your home is aflame and you are busy lying and chasing rodents. What a one chance bus this nation have entered. God will surely deliver this nation from this disaster called change.

  • George

    This is Hausa reign they reasoning with their anus.

    • Ibraheem Aruna

      I am impressed so some people in your country reason from their anus. I have never heard that before.

  • Sir Louis

    As a leading country whom others look up to, the Nigerian government should have donated made or assembled in Nigeria cars to Benin Republic. It seems our country is not serious about the so called diversification of the nation’s economy as well as the campaign to strengthen the national currency, the Naira! Pity.

  • musa aliero

    Am sure the budget didn’t make provisions for this donations of over 200million Naira worth of cars and motorcycles! So where did muhammadu get d money from? Abi he has too much money now that he is donating?? #karruptione!

  • Rommel

    I hope the cars are INNOSON vehicles otherwise,it would not make sense

    • Uzoma

      You have a point. Further, a country aspiring to regional leadership must put its pocket book where its mouth is. So I think it makes sense for Nigeria from time to time to indulge in such acts of generosity towards its less fortunate neigbours, even when things seem to be not going too well for us.

      • abodes_124

        A recent report stated that malnutrition is becoming epidemic amongst thousands of children in different parts of Nigeria. A country that aspires to greatness must first feed its children. These children ‘ need by far more assistance’ than the electoral commission of Benin Republic.

        • Chijioke Bukar

          Do you know that the united states of America known for dashing out resources to other countries like Nigeria for military support, elections, peace, combating infectious diseases like HIV, ebola, leprosy etc. is the most indebted country in the world. If it is done openly and with good intention I don’t see any reason to complain. Remember good brothers don’t give out left overs to their brothers but the valuable brands

  • Olateju

    What useless excellent bilateral relationship, Benin republic and it’s people are hostile to Nigerians living there, they hate us so much that they call Nigerians bad names, premium times should go and do some undercover journalism there to discover the truth especially at the seme border post, Benin officials(police and customs) extort money from Nigerians with lots of insults and they also give touts free hands to arras us, you will find hundreds of touts on their side of the border waiting for Nigerian travellers to be made preys, their policies also are always anti – Nigeria, we should force them to eradicate touts at all border posts, only uniform men should be allowed to stop travellers

    • Du Covenant

      My broda, we don’t behave right anywhere we find ourselves these is why others dislike Nigerians. We must learn to package ourselves well otherwise we shall continue to complain and complain. The perception of Nigerians is BAD the world over and it is our fault!.

      • kiziking

        You are very right. Nigerians are lawless and will do everything to create a lawless situation in a quiet society, so that they can carry on their criminal activities easily. We are the only country in Africa that still have 419ners and cyber fraudsters.

  • IZON Redeemer

    Yesterday Premium Times was busy insulting Jonathan and Obj for givin loans out to smaller african countries–But when Buhari does send vehicles the cost of which we are not told to Togo—the janjaweed media house attempts to glorify————-Buhari—–One law for Ijaw man Jonathan none for the Fulanis in Buhari–That is their Nigeria for u—let my people go–for we also fought in the war to keep Nigeria one—–Not our oil wells now under the control of the Fulanis ati Yorubas-

  • Burning Spear

    Make una hear Premium Times——Since it is now Buhari that is dashing our scare resources to the Togolese who recently snubbed the Nigerian Ecowas Passport———-they are filled with Praise–unaware of what they wrote about loans and gift to certain countries just weekls ago

    • abodes_124

      Since when did hypocrisy become a crime in Nigeria.?

  • Burning Spear

    Many Nigerians would not know where Sao Tome is on the world map, given that the twin island country is of little, if any, strategic importance to Nigeria.

    That however did not stop former President Olusegun Obasanjo, in 2004, from doling out $5 million as loan to that nation. Mr. Obasanjo also paid out $40 million as loan to Ghana same year.

    Such were the frivolity and impulsiveness that characterized government spending since the return to democracy in 1999.

    Between 2004 and 2014, a catalogue of fuzzy loans was indiscriminately granted in off-budget spending to government agencies in what appeared an attack on the nation’s oil savings.

    Extra-budgetary sums were dispensed in the name of loans to the foreign countries, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Inspector General of Police (IGP), the National Security Adviser (NSA), the Ministry of Defence and other agencies.

    Minutes of the December 2014 meeting of the Federation Account Allocation Committee (FAAC) Post-Mortem Subcommittee obtained by PREMIUM TIMES show that these funds were discretionary, off-budget loans paid out of the Reserve Accounts especially the 0.5% Statutory Stabilization Fund.

    According to the report, the loans granted by Mr. Obasanjo to Ghana and Sao Tome came from the Statutory Stabilization Fund Account.