Nigerians are shocked the Ministry of Finance and Budget begs for ventilators from industrial engineer, Elon Musk. This was revealed via the ministry’s official Twitter handle.
The Nigerian goverment is openly begging Elon Musk for help. I am so embarrassed.
— Dr. Dípò Awójídé (@OgbeniDipo) April 2, 2020
End of March, Elon Musk had tweeted that “We have extra FDA-approved ventilators. Will ship to hospitals worldwide within Tesla delivery regions. Device & shipping cost are free. Only requirement is that the vents are needed immediately for patients, not stored in a warehouse. Please me or @Tesla know.”
FG is begging Elon musk and Tesla for ventilators, but Innoson offered the same government to produce ventilators but they ignored him.
And you’re lauding them because of Ukraine’s reply. Have we done half of what Ukraine has done so far?
Where are the billions donated??
— Obi Of Onitsha🇨🇦 (@cliqik) April 2, 2020
Some are surprised that with over N13.5 billion donated by individuals to support government in the fight against coronavirus, why would the government still be begging for ventilators publicly.
In its tweet (apparently deleted) at 11.35 pm, 31st March, the ministry tweeted in reply to Elon Musk “Dear @elonmusk @tesla, the Federal Government of Nigeria needs support with 100 – 500 ventilators to assist with #COVID19 cases rising every day in Nigeria.
Okay, so @FinMinNigeria has deleted that tweet. Those of you that were saying it’s okay for them to beg, can you explain why they deleted?
Here’s my stand (again). It’s okay to beg. But we have an ambassador to @elonmusk‘s country. H should do his fucking job.
— Chxta (@Chxta) April 2, 2020
However, some argued that the government did not do anything wrong to beg as the challenge of the coronavirus pandemic is costly and massive, while others believe they had embezzled the billions of Naira raised – hence they are begging for ventilators.
Elon Reeve Musk is an engineer, industrial designer, philanthropist, and technology entrepreneur. He is a South African, American and Canadian.
He is the founder, CEO and Chief Engineer/Designer of SpaceX (early investor), CEO and product architect of Tesla, Inc AND founder of The Boring CompanY and co-founder of Neuralink.
He is also the co-founder and initial co-chairman of OpenAI. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) in 2018