Reactions and counter reactions have continued to trail the way the Federal Government of Nigeria took to twitter to beg Billionaire engineer Elon Musk for ventilators, amid the Covid19 pandemic in the country.
Taking to Twitter, the Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning, requested for Elon Musk’s contributions with 100-500 ventilators.
This came after the billionaire had revealed that he had some ventilators to export worldwide.
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.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 31, 2020
Many Nigerian who found the gesture funny, reacted thus.
@SmartAtuadi: The 37billion budgeted for NASS renovation should be used to purchase Ventilators. They won’t have constituencies to preside over if people die out of lack of equipment. This country under you people is in a mess because y’all have got no priority at all.
@Fatod09: It would have been less shameful if u allow Teaching Hospitals to do this kind of bambiala. If it is to release money for official cars for politician , we wont hear anything here.
@destayo67: The person behind the handle that wrote this rubbish must be mad and stupid at the same time. The funds you used to buy 2020 Toyota camry cars for your rubber stamp senators would have bought a good number of ventilators Wasterful government.
Others outside the shores of Nigeria has also reacted including Muhammed Takwidi.
According to the outspoken Iman, Buhari’s government is dragging the reputation of Nigeria in the mud.
If the Buhari government is begging for ventilators in public, imagine what they beg for in private. I’m not the one dragging the country, it’s Buhari that drags the country’s reputation through the mud every single day. I wonder if he’s begged Boko Haram for things in the past!!
— Imam of Peace (@Imamofpeace) April 3, 2020