The Federal government of Nigeria has described reports that it bought 200 exotic cars for use by guests and officials of the African First Ladies Summit which kicked off in Abuja yesterday, as ‘false and misleading’.
The story, which can be found HERE further states that the cars comprise 80 units of BMW X3 and X5 series with a market value of N13.5 million each, while the remaining 120 are exotic models of Honda, Jaguar and others.
A statement signed by the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to President Goodluck Jonathan, Reuben Abati, states that the cars were supplied at ‘no cost’ by the Coscharis Motors to the organisers of the conference, the African First Ladies Peace Mission (AFLPM and they will be returned to the company at the end of the conference.
The AFLPM, the statement added has its activities funded by stakeholders and members of the private sector who support and identify with its objectives.
According to the statement, “In accordance with its modus operandi, the AFLPM set up several committees, including a finance committee to raise funds and sponsorship for the organization of its Abuja Summit.
“As part of its own contributions to the successful hosting of the summit by the First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, Coscharis Motors Ltd. offered to provide some cars for the event at no cost to the organizers or the Federal Government of Nigeria.
“Under an agreement signed by the committee and Coscharis Motors, all the cars will be returned to the company after the summit.