Nigeria government did not give US N1.2Billion grant ,Mohamed Bazoum Niger President

In direct contradiction to a statement made by Nigeria’s minister of finance, Zainab Ahmed, the administration of Niger’s President Mohamed Bazoum has denied receiving N1.2 billion from the administration of Nigeria’s President Muhammad Buhari.
Ms. Ahmed stated that it was a fact that Mr. Buhari’s administration transferred N1.2 billion to the Niger Republic on August 3. Despite the fact that its forces are still protecting Nigerians from armed bandits, the government of Niger argued that the statement was not accurate.
In response to the assertion made by Mr. Buhari’s government, the Minister of Defense of Niger, Alkassoum Indatou, disclosed that citizens of Zamfara depend on the armed forces of the neighboring country for security against bandits.
Mr. Indatou brought to light the fact that the Hilux vans were a gift from Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara to the Maradi region, and not the Buhari regime as Ms. Ahmed had asserted.
It is not the federal government, as the Minister of Finance of Nigeria Zainab Ahmed declared, but rather the state of Zamfara that has given five vehicles to the Maradi region, four of which have already been received, according to a translation of the French statement of a top Nigerien official who is familiar with the matter. “The communities of Zamfara that are located on the border with Niger call more frequently on the Nigerien soldiers who respond to emergencies within the minute than even those of their own country,”
It is possible that Mr. Matawalle’s decision to give the neighboring country Hilux vehicles was influenced by the fast response of the Nigerien soldiers to the distress cries made by inhabitants of Zamfara.
The Buhari administration stated in February that it had entered into a deal with Kaura Motors Nigeria Limited, which had an account at Fidelity Bank with the number 4010638472, to purchase 10 Tovota Land Cruiser vehicles for the Niger Republic at a cost of N1.2 billion.
The rejection of President Buhari’s proposed intervention package by the government of Niger might put a strain on the relationship between the two nations and further stoke the debate that has already surrounded this topic.