I Stand By My Statement On COVID-19 Palliatives Fraud, Ndume Replies Presidency

Ali Ndume

Senator representing Borno South senatorial district in the National Assembly, Ali Ndume, has said he would offer no recant on his claim that the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadia Umar Farouq, has not been transparent in her management and disbursement of the palliative to mitigate the suffering of poor Nigerians over the coronavirus pandemic.

Speaking with newsmen on Wednesday in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, the Chairman, Senate Committee on Army, called on President Muhammadu Buhari to dissolve the Palliatives Measures Committee and give it to a separate team that would connect diligently with the 36 states governors.

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He said:” My concern is the manner and the way the COVID-19 palliative measures provided by the president is being handled or executed. We have received numerous complaints and it is actually very unfortunate.”

He was however upbraided by Malam Garba Shehu, media aide of President Buhari who accused Senator Ndume of making wild allegation that he could not substantiate.

But Ndume, in a telephone interview with Tribune Online on Friday said he was not ready to join issues with anybody having made his observations known.

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“I’m not ready to join issues with anybody on palliatives distribution having made my observations known based on information I got from the grassroots as a grassroots person. I’ve made my position known on the programme and I stand by it,” he said.

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