By Christian George
The President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, (retd.), has opened up on the reason he is being envied by his counterparts as his government garners support from private sector.
The Nigerian president said this on Wednesday in Abuja at the inauguration and handover of N12 billion worth of security equipment to the military and the Nigeria Police Force.
According to Sahara Reporters, the items were donated by the Coalition of Private Sector Against COVID-19, a group of eminent Nigerian industrialists, including Aliko Dangote and Herbert Wigwe, who had also pooled N40 billion to combat COVID-19 in the country.
The security vehicles and equipment procured for use by law enforcement agencies in Abuja and Lagos include 100 14-ton Tata trucks; 100 12-ton Tata trucks; 106 Toyota vans; 64 Nissan Navara vans; 13,000 ballistic vests; 26,000 ballistic plates and 13,000 ballistic helmets.
The president said, “today is indeed a very happy day for all Nigerians, and I can happily say that I am the envy of many Presidents in the world.
“I am exceedingly honoured to be the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, at this time.
“I am gratified to have the honour of leading a country whose private sector willingly galvanises itself to raise funds to enthusiastically support government in resolving social ills.
“I am proud to say that there is nowhere in the entire world, except in Nigeria, where the private sector has voluntarily come together to assist government efforts.
“Thank you for supporting our Administration’s efforts to strengthen the Police and Military as we face the security challenges that all modern nations face.
“These 350 vehicles and thousands of vests and helmets you are handing over today will go a long way in boosting the capacity of our forces.”
Those who made the donation under the aegis of CACOVID include Alhaji Aliko Dangote, Folorunsho Alakija, Tony Elumelu, Segun Agbaje, Abdulsamad Rabiu, Femi Otedola, Adesola Adeduntan, Karl Toriola, Haresh Aswani, Raji Gupta as well as John Coumantaros.