- The ministry of humanitarian affairs, disaster management and social development has responded to claims of rift with the presidency
- The minster, Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq, has said that she was not at any time reprimanded by the presidency as widely rumoured
- There have been claims that the presidency scolded the minster following alleged employment of more staff in the ministry than is necessary
Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq, the minister of humanitarian affairs, disaster management and social development, has responded to claims that she was recently scolded by the presidency.
There have been claims that Sadiya was reprimanded by the presidency for alleged excessive use of power and employment of staff more than what the constitution allows, The Nation reports.
Reacting to the claim, Rhoda Ishaku Illiya, the assistant director of information in the ministry, said that the reports are false.
Illiya, speaking to journalists in Abuja, said that the ministry cannot and has not employed any staff beyond what it should.
She said: “The staff of the ministry to date including the minister’s staff were deployed from other MDA’s with their salaries and emoluments still domiciled in those MDAs.
“The minister has at no point stopped payment for the home grown school feeding programme. It is pertinent to state that the minister has approved payment for the programme up to the 31st of January 2020."
Assuring Nigerians of the credibility and integrity of the minstry, she said that all the decisions made by Sadiya are guided standing rules contained in the constitution of the country.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Farouq had been at the centre of a viral rumour that President Buhari would on Friday, October 11, marry a second wife.
The peddlers of the fake news claimed that the president would be marrying the minister after Jumat service on Friday.
Legit.ng gathered that presidential spokesman Femi Adesina has debunked the fake story. However, beyond the raging wedding rumour which has been put to rest, especially with the arrival of the First Lady, Aisha Buhari, from the United Kingdom where she had been for about two months, many do not know who she really is.
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