The claim by the federal government to have commenced the monthly payment of N5,000 stipend to poor and vulnerable Nigerians, is already generating bad blood between the Presidency and Ekiti governor, Ayo Fayose who had accused the Muhammadu Buhari administration of playing politics over the issue.
The Presidency Wednesday urged Nigerians to establish more confidence in President Buhari and ignore Fayose on his comment that the payment of N5,000 stipends to poor Nigerians was a hoax. It will be recalled that the Presidency on Monday announced that the payment of N5,000 stipends to vulnerable persons in the country had taken off in nine states.
Subsumed in the Conditional Cash Transfer, CCT of the Social Investment Scheme, the stipend was a campaign promise of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC during the 2015 elections' campaigns.
Fayose repudiated the claims by the presidency, saying it was a mere propagandist mechanism to divert attention from the unprecedented hardship and hunger in the land. He also challenged the federal government to publish the names and account numbers of the beneficiaries.
When asked to react to Fayose’s accusation against to the presidency during a briefing at the end of the meeting of Federal Executive Council, FEC at the presidential Villa, Abuja on Wednesday, the Special Adviser to President Buhari on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina said that it was not in the totem of the present government to lie to Nigerians, saying that the administration 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 added.