The Chairman,Senate Committee on Media and Publicity, Ajibola Bashiru has described as wicked lies a media publication by Kailani Muhammad alleging that lawmakers are hoarding Palliatives meant for distributions to Nigerians in the wake of the COVID-19 Pandemic.
In statement by the his Media Adviser, Remi Ibitola, Sen. Bashiru described the allegations as a deliberate misinformation to paint federal lawmakers in bad light.
The statement reads partly, “The attention of the Chairman, Senate 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.
Senator Ajibola Basiru who described the allegations as either wicked lies or deliberate misinformation on the part of Engr Kailani said rather emphatically, that lawmakers never received any COVID-19 palliatives from Mr President or the Federal Government, at all, 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”, he said.
Dr Ajibola Basiru however cautioned against “deliberate falsehood to paint Federal Lawmakers in bad light for whatever motive.”