President Muhammadu Buhari has turned down an offer by government to buy five German-made armoured Mercedes Benz S-600 (V222) cars for his use, saying that the cars he inherited from former President Goodluck Jonathan were good enough for him.
If approved, the cars would have set the country’s treasury back N400 million. They N400-Benz-cars are bulletproof.
Buhari got to know about this, sources told journalists, only yesterday when Mr. Nebolisa Emodi, the Permanent Secretary, State House, was briefing him of his ministry’s activities on Wednesday.
A visibly upset Buhari was said to have rejected the State House offer, calling it a waste of scarce resources.
Buhari has therefore withdrawn approval for the purchase of the said luxury cars, insisting that financial prudence must be maintained at all times in the affairs of government.
This is good leadership by example. Can you recall ever hearing Buhari’s predecessors ever rejecting such offers? No. Rather, each preceding Head of State was criticised by the mass media for wasting taxpayers’ funds on opulence.
Some major religious leaders who could have lent their voices to fiscal discipline in governance have disqualified themselves by their own embrace of wanton luxury like private jets and overseas properties while poor people – widows and the unemployed – abound in their congregations and the larger society.