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Asking Elon Musk for Ventilators, Inappropriate or a Nice Move?



ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA – SEPTEMBER 29: SpaceX CEO Elon Musk speaks at the International Astronautical Congress on September 29, 2017 in Adelaide, Australia. Musk detailed the long-term technical challenges that need to be solved in order to support the creation of a permanent, self-sustaining human presence on Mars. (Photo by Mark Brake/Getty Images)

Since the outbreak of coronavirus in Nigeria, several corporate businesses, politicians, and business moguls have in their own way helped the Federal Government fight COVID-19, and deducing from the amounts declared by the contributors, over N10 billon should have been generated.

Nigerians on Twitter have expressed their disappointment following the Ministry of Finance and Budget requesting for ventilators from industrial engineer and CEO Tesla, Elon Musk.

On Tuesday, Elon Musk tweeted that “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.”

Comment on Elon’s tweet, the Ministry of Finance and Budget tweeted, “Dear @elonmusk  @tesla, the Federal Government of Nigeria needs support with 100 – 500 ventilators to assist with #COVID19 cases rising every day in Nigeria”.


This tweet has garnered several reactions, with some hailing the move while others questioned the motive.

Here’s what Nigerians are saying:


  1. Blog Cost

    April 2, 2020 at 5:46 pm

    Bella, we have no government. No sane government will be begging like that.

  2. Mo'

    April 2, 2020 at 8:59 pm

    Some states in America, South American countries and government officials from European countries also asked for help. Ventilators are not readily available even if you have the cash to buy, if you have to beg to save lives please do. I think the biggest problem with Nigeria is malnutrition(Bill Gate said it in Nigeria and we pretended we did not hear it), most of us have poorly developed brains that is why you see people condemning everything, they like A from the back but show them the front and they will condemn the same A.

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