Presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina has advised Nigerians not to pay attention to Fayose of Ekiti State’s claim that the Federal Government has not started paying N5,000 stipend to vulnerable citizens.
Following the declaration that Laolu Akande, the spokesman of vice president Yemi Osinbajo, made on Monday that the federal government had commenced payment of the N5,000 stipend to poor and vulnerable Nigerians in some states, including Ekiti State.
Akande said, “Though the sequence for the payment of the money would be operationally managed by NIBSS, beneficiaries in Borno, Kwara and Bauchi States have started receiving the money. The other states in the first batch to commence the CCT payments are Cross Rivers, Niger, Kogi, Oyo, Ogun and Ekiti states.”
Ekiti State governor, Fayose, however, said, Akande’s declaration was fake as there was no evidence of payment in his state that was listed among the first batch of beneficiaries.
“A blind man will say it is when it gets into my mouth that I will say you are feeding me, not promises. Apparently the states they claimed have started receiving payments are APC-controlled states knowing fully that the governors cannot come out to disprove the payments,” the statement by Idowu Adelusi, Fayose media aide read.
Reacting to Fayose’s claims, Adesina said the federal government is so honest in its dealings that anything it says could be taken to the bank.
“On N5,000 stipend, it was announced specifically from the office of the vice president that the scheme has started in nine states,” he said.
“Then a certain governor came and said 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 say it is politics and that 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.”