Responding to the statement by Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State, denying the payment of N5,000 monthly stipend allegedly paid by the Federal Government to the poorest people in nine (9) states including Ekiti, the presidency on Wednesday urged the public to ignore Fayose and believe President Muhammadu Buhari.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo’s aide, Mr. Laolu Akande, had announced on Monday that the poorest people in 9 states had received payment of N5k stipend through the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) in December.
“As part of its determined efforts to touch the lives of Nigerians positively the Buhari administration has now started the payment of N5, 000 monthly stipends to the poorest and the most vulnerable in the country through the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) of its Social Investment Programmes, SIP. He said
“In the first batch that commenced last week, nine states would be covered, and many of the beneficiaries have already reported receiving their first payments by Friday last week, December 30, 2016. He added
However, in a response, Fayose denied anything like that happened in his state. He described the claim of paying N5k to people as a mere propaganda and advised the federal government to stop running the government on propaganda.
“A blind man will say it is when it gets into my mouth that I will say you are feeding me, not promises.” He said
Reacting to Fayose’s comment, Mr. Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, said that the government cannot lie to Nigerians as it was built on integrity and accountability.
“On N5, 000 stipend, it was announced specifically from the office of the vice president that the scheme has started in nine states. And then a certain governor came and say it is not true. It is just a matter of who do you believe.
“This is a government that is built on integrity and accountability. This government will not lie to Nigerians, does not lie to Nigerians. In fact, anything you hear from this government you can take it to the bank, believe it.
“So, if anybody comes and says it is politics, it is not true. Choose who to believe. I can tell you that you should believe this government because this government will not lie to you”, Adesina said.