COVID-19 Palliatives: Senate Issues Strong Warning To Buhari’s Media Team
The Senate has berated the Director of Media and Publicity of the Muhammadu Buhari 2019 Presidential Campaign Committee, Engr. Kailani Muhammad for alleging that the lawmakers hoarded COVID-19 palliatives meant for Nigerians.
Chairman, Senate Committee on Media and Publicity, Ajibola Basiru described the allegation as wicked lies and deliberate misinformation.
The statement read: “The attention of the Chairman, Senate Committee on Media and Publicity has been drawn to a publication 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.”
He described the allegations as either wicked lies or deliberate misinformation on the part of Engr Kailani, stressing that lawmakers never received any COVID-19 palliatives from Mr President or the Federal Government for onward distribution to their constituents.
“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,” Basiru stated.
Basiru cautioned against “deliberate falsehood to paint Federal Lawmakers in bad light for whatever motive.”