Yes, The Nigerian Government Really Just Begged Elon Musk For Ventilators On Twitter

April 2, 2020

Contrary to what they led us to believe when it became clear that La Corona was going global, the Nigeria government is NO WAY prepared to handle this pandemic. From letting people coming from high risk countries into Nigeria without keeping them in quarantine first to not having enough test kits, the whole thing is a mess that is slowly causing panic among Nigerians.

To that effect, there have been donations from different people (Tinubu, Dangote, Folorunso Alakija etc) dedicated to getting the different things medical personnel need. However, we don’t know if these donations have actually been made or if the funds (if donated) are being used right.

But that’s not why we’re here today. We’re here today to discuss the Nigerian government’s recent antics on Twitter. On the 31st of March, 2020 engineer and technology entrepreneur, Elon Musk tweeted this:

And on the 2nd of April 2020, the official Twitter account for Nigeria’s Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning replied with this.

If you’re wondering why this is a screenshot instead of an embedded tweet like the other tweets in this article, the answer will be revealed soon.

This led some Nigerians to react like this:

However, some other Nigerians had different reactions. Like this guy:

Which led other Nigerians to bring up a couple of insane things our politicians did with money in our not so distant past.

While all this was happening, I went back to check the tweet that started it all and found this:

Whoever’s handling the official Twitter account for Nigeria’s Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning deleted the tweet.

BRETHREN!

What side of this argument are you on? Was it shameful for the government to dip Nigeria’s toes in the muddy waters of Bambiala Twitter? Or do you see nothing wrong with it? Sound off in the comments!

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