I Stand By My Statement On Coronavirus Palliative Fraud, Ndume Replies Presidency


The senator representing Borno south, Ali Ndume says he stands by his statement on alleged fraud in the palliative programme for citizens to cushion the hardship brought by he lockdown aimed to check the spread the coronavirus.

On Thursday, Ndume asked President Muhammadu Buhari to disband the committee in charge of relief to the poor over alleged fraud.

But in a statement on Friday, Garba Shehu, presidential spokesman, said it is disappointing of the politician to call out “unnamed individuals in the administration and accuse them of unknown transgression”.

Mr. Shehu asked the senator to provide proof to back his claims, describing him as a “discontented politician”.

But speaking with Tribune newspaper, Ndume said he is not ready to join issues with anybody as he has made his position known on the matter.

Ndume said, “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,” the senator was quoted to have said.

“I’ve made my position known on the programme and I stand by it.”

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