The presidency has responded to the Senator representing Borno South Senatorial District, Ali Ndume over his claim that there are some Kleptocrats around the President that are misleading him from Aso Villa.
In his statement, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu asked Ali Ndume to either expose the Kleptocrats or be quiet. Adding that there is no one in the Aso Villa that can mislead President Muhammadu Buhari
He said, “When he was first elected President in 2015, President Muhammadu Buhari said that he belonged to everybody and belonged to nobody. What was true then remains true today.
“He believes in public service, as a servant of the people – and he expects the exact same commitment from members of his government and, of course, his closest aides.
“The President has made it clear times without number that anyone who will not, cannot, or does not pull his weight – nor meet these exacting standards – is not welcome in his administration. A number of ranking officials have been shown the way out at various times simply on account of this.
“Similarly, he believes in loyalty and truthfulness. Should any individuals be found to be serving themselves and not the people, then it is right and proper to call them out. But this must be done on the basis of evidence and proof – not on conjecture.
“It is therefore disappointing to hear a politician call out unnamed individuals in the administration and accuse them of unnamed transgressions.
“If this politician has evidence – then he should make public their identities as well as his proof. Innuendo is not proof.
“Similarly, simply claiming that the COVID-19 Palliative Measures Committee is not functioning as it should is not the same as presenting proof for such a claim.
“No one replaces an institutional government body in the midst of the global pandemic without clear and irrefutable evidence that it needs replacing.
“A press briefing from a discontented politician is rarely the source of such evidence.
“At this difficult time of the battle by Nigeria against Coronavirus, everyone should help the fight and not seek to make political capital out of it, whatever his or her grievances,” Shehu stated.
Mr Ndume on Wednesday spoke to journalists during a press conference in his Maiduguri home, claiming that the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Farouq and COVID-19 Palliative Measures Committee members have failed to discharge the task assigned to them in a transparent and equitable manner.
He added that he expected President Buhari to have disbanded the committee during his last national broadcast following “the outcry of many Nigerians who expressed dissatisfaction about the minister’s led committee.”bHe accused some unnamed persons around the President of misleading him.
“I’m not trying to make allegations against the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management, and Social Development; what I’m saying are facts.
“If they will continue with the way they are doing now, they had better not distribute the palliative at all because it’s a fraud.
“My concern now is the manner and ways the palliative measures taken by the president are being executed. We have received numerous complaints and it’s very unfortunate.
“Left to me, I’m calling for the so-called Humanitarian committee headed by the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs to be disbanded immediately and the president should set up a task force to handle issues of palliatives,” Ndume said.
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