Senate Denies Hoarding COVID-19 Palliatives
The Nigerian Senate has denied the report making wave which is credited to the Director, Media and Publicity of the Muhammadu Buhari 2019 Presidential Campaign Committee, Engr. Kailani Muhammad alleging hoarding of palliatives meant for distribution to Nigerians by lawmakers in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Chairman, Senate Committee on Media and Publicity, Senator Ajibola Basiru described the allegations as either wicked lies or deliberate misinformation on the part of Engr Kailani, adding that lawmakers never received any COVID-19 palliatives from the President or the Federal Government.
“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 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 Kilani Mohammed or anyone to castigate us in the public and saying what is not true”, he said.
Basiru cautioned against “deliberate falsehood to paint Federal Lawmakers in a bad light for whatever motive.”