COVID-19: Nigerians kick as FG goes begging for ventilators on Twitter

COVID-19: Nigerians kick as FG goes begging for ventilators on Twitter

Nigerians have taken a dim view of the Federal Government’s surprising decision to plead for donation of ventilators; from billionaire entrepreneur and Tesla CEO, Elon Musk, to aid its fight against COVID-19.

In fact, equally befuddling was the fact that the request had been made openly on Twitter.

Since the tweet came to light; Nigerians have taken to their respective social media accounts to call out the Federal Government. For many, the development is an act of desperation and unbecoming of a country such as Nigeria. Indeed, the majority have taken the Federal Government to the cleaners over the matter.

Specifically, trouble began when technology entrepreneur, Elon Musk; posted a tweet, disclosing that he had a number of ventilators available to ship to hospitals 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.’’

Thereafter, the tweet got to the attention of the Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning. Subsequently, the Ministry had responded with its verified official handle; pleading for some ventilators to be shipped to Nigeria to fight COVID-19.

‘‘Dear @elonmusk @Tesla Federal Government of Nigeria needs support with 100-500 ventilators to assist with #Covid19 cases arising every day in Nigeria.’’

Consequently, Nigerians who were flummoxed at the ill-advised tweet, had immediately gone on the offensive.

Elon Musk

Indeed, the FG was accused of reducing Nigeria to a laughing stock. Also, reference was made to successive national budgets and recent donations by influential Nigerians; with many demanding to know what had happened to those funds.

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Additionally, on a lighter note, many also accused the FG of shamelessly resorting to begging; with the phrase – bambiala –  used often by beggars in Nigeria recurring among the tweets.

Meanwhile, 1st News has put together some of the striking and funny tweets on the matter.

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  1. Dave Darry

    I don’t see what is shameful in begging for what you do not have , nor manufacture. Moreover, Tesla’s technology savvy could churn out thousands of most modern ventilators within the twinkle of an eye Maybe many of you criticizing the FG don’t realize that Toyota’s or Elon Musk’s annual budget far surpasses that of the FG annual budget. For life and death matters you do not allow shame to cover your sense of reality on ground. By the way 57 Billion naira donation is just $150 mill. Pocket money for a Saudi Prince if oga coro were not around. $2.64million = N1Billion, After all I heard someone recently bought a jet for $62million. If you cant beg pls employ me to come help una beg.


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