South Africa-born billionaire Elon Musk earlier today revealed there are free ventilators available, and Nigerian government were fast to beg for some.
This has stirred conversations in the country, with some accusing the government of being beggars.
Mr Musk, who owns electric car manufacturer Tesla, tweeted that the company would ship their ventilators to hospitals worldwide free of charge.
We have extra FDA-approved ventilators. Will ship to hospitals worldwide within Tesla delivery regions. Device & shipping cost are free. Only requirement is that the vents are needed immediately for patients, not stored in a warehouse. Please me or @Tesla know.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 31, 2020
Nigerian finance ministry responded, tweeting that the government needs support with 100-500 ventilators to assist with coronavirus cases.
Nigerians were quick to unleash their anger.
See their replies below…
A country that budgeted 37B for NASS renovation shouldn't be asking Elon Musk for ventilators on social media.
— Seyi 🐻 (@Seyi__) April 2, 2020
Nigeria went to drop account number under Elon Musk page for giveaway.
This is shameful.
After raising over 7billion in donations,
They are still looking for Tesla giveaway.
I just love this government.
Ijoba Sinzu money.
— #OurFavOnlineDoc 🛂 (@DrOlufunmilayo) April 2, 2020
Some people supported Nigerian government, adding that this is a difficult period..
The reality is there is absolutely not enough ventilators to go around. We see that in Italy, we saw that in China, we see it in France and other countries. If Elon Musk can help us, then why not?
— Jubril Saleem (@partentpending) April 2, 2020
I was prepared to jump on that Ministry of Finance handle "begging" Elon Musk for ventilators until I saw the Ukrainian embassy AND a former minister of health in Ukraine, "begging" as well.
Means we should all take a step back & observe before reacting…
— Temisan Okomi (@temiokomi) April 2, 2020