Senate pronounced what Buhari group said as false and denied ever keeping any COVID-19 palliatives that were meant to be distributed to the citizens.
Prior to this time, The Director, Media, and Publicity of the Muhammadu Buhari 2019 Presidential Campaign Committee rebuked the federal lawmakers and governors for withholding palliatives they were ordered to distribute in order to help Nigerians during COVID-19 pandemic.
Kailani Muhammad tagged them as being selfish and added that the plans and future President Buhari has been working out for the youths since he got power would have stopped being a dream since, if the governors could also take part to make some aspects a reality.
He said if not for the #EndSARS protest, nobody would ever think of any foodstuff in the warehouses.
In an interview at Abuja on Monday, he said, “the average Nigerian hardly eats two meals a day, but our politicians from the National Assembly and the governors cruise flamboyantly in Sports Utility Vehicles (SUVs) around town. I am optimistic that this #EndSARS movement will jilt them out of stupor. The protesters have touched the conscience of a mass section of the various stratum of our nation across board. What our so-called leaders need to do now is to sit back and think deeply about where they went wrong.
“It was during the protests that Nigerians got to know that President Buhari had long ago, approved a whooping N75 billion for Youth Investment Fund (YIF) that is meant to empower the youth stratum with a loan facility ranging from N250, 000 to N50million. That was a heartwarming revelation. Moreover, over N53 billion was approved for state governors, apart from the palliatives from the Humanitarian Ministry”.
The senate responded to what Mohammad said and according to the spokesman, Ajibola Basiru, the allegation labelled against the senate is uncalled for and also untrue but just a mere misinformation.
He said the President has never at any time given the lawmakers any palliatives to distribute to all members of their constituencies.
“While not speaking for the governors, I make bold to say that no federal lawmaker, and indeed, no senator received any kobo from Mr. President or any foodstuff or any material for that matter, talk less of hoarding them.
“Rather, at the senate, we donated half of the members’ salaries for the purpose of cushioning the effect of COVID 19.
“We legislators equally played our part by purchasing and distributing palliatives to people at our different constituencies. So it is quite unfortunate for Muhammad or anyone to castigate us in the public and saying what is not true.”