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Polls: Buhari backs Benin with 15 vehicles, 100 motorcycles



In the midst of Nigeria’s dwindling economic furtunes and the continued inability of many Nigerian states to meets their obligations to their workers, the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari has donated 15 cars and 100 motorcycles to the electoral commission of the Republic of Benin.

The donation was made on behalf of the Federal Government by the Nigerian Ambassador to Benin Republic, Lawrence Obisakin, who commended President Buhari’s efforts at asserting Nigeria’s leadership in Africa.

According to Obisakin, the donation of 15 Hilux vehicles and 100 motorcycles to the Independent Electoral Commission of Benin by Nigeria 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.”

“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.

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“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.

Speaking in the vein, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Bulus Lolo, equally praised President Buhari, adding that 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.”

Elections are billed to hold in the tiny West African country on March 6.

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