THE Nigerian Senate has reacted to the allegation leveled against it by Buhari support organisation that its members hoarded COVD-19 palliatives describing the allegation as “wicked lies” deliberately propagated to misinform the public.
The Senate reaction was contained in a Press statement issued in Abuja on Monday by Remi Ibitola, the Media Aide of Senate Spokesman, Bashiru Ajibola. According to the Senate Spokesman, “no Federal lawmaker and indeed, no Senator received any kobo from Mr. President or any food stuff or any material for that matter, talk less of hoarding them.”
A report emerged in some media outlets where the Director, Media and Publicity of the Muhammadu Buhari 2019 Presidential Campaign Committee, Engr. Kailani Muhammad alleged that Nigeria senators hoarded all items released to cushion the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic earlier in the year.
The statement reads in part:
“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 food stuff 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.”
Senator Ajibola Basiru cautioned against “deliberate falsehood to paint Federal Lawmakers in bad light for whatever motive.”