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FG apologises for begging US billionaire Elon Musk for ventilators

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The Nigeria government has apologised for begging American billionaire and CEO orlf SpaceX Elon Musk for ventilators.

The government had come under severe criticism from Nigerians, for publicly begging for 100-500 ventilators on Twitter.

Reacting, the Federal Ministry of Finance from whose twitter account the plea for ventilators was made said: “an unauthorised post was made on the verified Twitter handle of the Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning.”

Yunusa Tanko Abdullahi, Special Adviser, Media and Communications, to the Minister of Finance Budget and National Planning said that “the fact of the post is regrettable because of which it is brought down.”

He noted that they “have made sure our internal processes are strengthened that such doesn’t happen again. The error is highly regrettable.”

The ministry had twitted that “dear @elonmusk @Tesla federal government of Nigeria needs support with 100-500 ventilators to assist with #covid19 cases arising everyday in Nigeria.”