President Buhari has declined the federal government's offer to use five new armored Mercedes-Benz cars for transportation. Aso Villa originally planned to purchase the cars.
A source connected to the Presidency told Punch journalists that President Buhari found out about the Aso Villa’s pending acquisition when the Permanent Secretary Nebolisa Emodi briefed him about the executive mansion’s activities. Astounded by what he heard, the President is said to have told Emodi that the purchase is unnecessary because they were a waste of resources.
President Buhari said that he was content with the normal cars he inherited from former President Jonathan. The source reports that Buhari said, "I don't need any new cars. The ones I am using now are just fine."
President Buhari welcomed other ideas and initiatives put forward by the secretary that will work to reduce the total cost of operating Aso Villa as well as strengthening its financial condition. He emphasized that efforts should be made to reduce the executive mansion’s expenses and keep spending within the approved national budget in order to avoid past administrations use of "Presidential intervention funds."
Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President Media and Publicity, confirmed that Buhari has not yet approved the purchase of the new cars. He said the President is seriously committed to the efficient management of national resources.