Veteran Nigerian singer, Charles Oputa, popularly known as Charly Boy, has expressed his strong disapproval of the recent reports regarding the acquisition of a multi-million naira LX 600 SUV by the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Nyesom Wike.
The news of Wike’s choice of automobile, complete with the distinctive plate number ‘FCT – 01’, for his first day at work on Tuesday, has sparked widespread discussions.
According to information obtained from the official Lexus website, the starting price for this luxury SUV is around $100,115.
Taking to his Twitter page, Charly Boy raised pertinent questions about the rationale behind such a lavish purchase, especially in a nation grappling with challenges such as over 20 million out-of-school children and a minimum wage of N30,000. I
n a tweet, he expressed his concern: “A minister is driving a 300 million naira vehicle in a country with over 20 million out of school children, a minister is driving a 300 million naira vehicle in a country where the minimum wage is 30,000 naira.
Please folks stop engaging the defenders of this crime against humanity.
We shall and must RECOVER the Stolen Mandate to change the NARRATIVE.”
Wike Responds to Allegations Surrounding Luxury SUV Purchase
In the midst of the controversy, Nyesom Wike, the subject of the scrutiny, has distanced himself from the reports suggesting that he acquired a N300 Million Armoured Lexus LX600.
During a discussion after touring the Abuja Light Rail, Wike urged journalists to verify whether the SUV in question is indeed bulletproof.
He made his stance clear, stating, “We are now going to the office to have a direct report from each of the departments, but I have seen what is going on in the social media, how you (FCTA Permanent Secretary) bought a bulletproof car of N300 Million Naira that I am using.
So I want you people to go hit your hand there (on the car) and see whether it is a treated car.
With all due respect, people should be careful not to destroy other people.”
The situation has sparked a broader debate about government expenditures and public officials’ responsibilities amidst pressing socioeconomic challenges.
In conclusion, the controversial purchase of the luxurious SUV by a government minister has elicited strong reactions from various quarters, highlighting the complexities of prioritizing expenditures in the face of socio-economic disparities and pressing national issues.