Bashir Ahmad, the Personal Assistant on New Media to President Muhammadu Buhari, has also gone on Twitter to ask Elon Musk to donate ventilators to Nigeria to help treat Coronavirus patients.
This comes after Twitter users expressed shocked when the Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning sent a tweet to the American CEO begging him to donate ventilators to Nigeria (read here).
The unusual plea from the Ministry of finance was described as “embarrassing” and “shameless” by some Nigerians. Some opined that it would have been better if they reached out to him privately, instead of on a public platform like Twitter.
But some said we are in desperate times and any measure taken to save lives is acceptable.
While Nigerians were still calling out the Ministry of Finance, Bashir also tweeted at Elon to ask for aid.
He wrote: “Hello Elon, I woke up to this your tweet all over the TL, in this period of worldwide emergency getting ventilators is pretty hard no matter how much money you get, and that’s understandable! Nigeria, my dear country is in need. Kindly send 100s here, we really need them, thanks.”
Elon Musk took to Twitter hours ago to reveal that his company, Tesla, has extra ventilators and he’s willing to ship to hospitals that need them worldwide.
He tweeted: “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.”