Nigerian government withdraws statement begging Elon Musk for ventilators minutes after tweeting it

Obinwannem News Nigerian government withdraws statement begging Elon Musk for ventilators minutes after tweeting it

The Federal Government has withdrawn the plea for ventilators made by the Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning to United States tech billionaire, Elon Musk asking him for support in fighting the Coronavirus.

Musk, the founder of Tesla and SpaceX, had tweeted on Thursday that his firm had extra ventilators approved by the Food and Drug Administration in America.

“We have extra FDA-approved ventilators. We will ship to hospitals worldwide within Tesla delivery regions. Only requirement is that the vents are needed immediately for patients and not stored in a warehouse,” his tweet read.

The ministry of finance, budget and national planning quickly responded to the tweet asking the tech mogul for 100 to 500 ventilators.

The ministry tweeted, “Dear @Elonmusk @Tesla Federal Government of Nigeria needs support with 100 to 500 ventilators to assist with COVID-19 cases rising every day in Nigeria.”

A statement by the Ministry through Yanusa Tanko Abdullahi, the Special Adviser to the Minister on Media and Communications reads: ”An unauthorized post was made on the verified Twitter handle of the Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning.

“The fact of the post is regrettable because of which it is brought down. We have made sure our internal processes are strengthened that such doesn’t happen again. “The error is highly regrettable.”

Chukwugozie Okeke reporting, Obinwannem News