- Senator Ifeanyi Ubah said he never donated N1bn to the federal government to fight COVID-19
- The billionaire businessman said he was more concerned about keeping the deadly pandemic away from his constituency and the entire Anambra state
- Ubah said any report that says otherwise is false and very mischievous
Nigerian senator, representing Anambra South, Ifeanyi Ubah, has faulted reports that he donated a whopping N1bn to the funds geared towards fighting against the coronavirus pandemic.
The Nation reports on Sunday, April 5 that Ubah said there was no truth in the claims which he described as mischievous.
The oil magnate said: “The story is not only unfounded but very mischievous and should be disregarded as it is a dubious attempt to play on the collective intelligence of the general public."
According to him, rather than what the reports claimed, he was actually working to raise funds to help his constituents and his state, Anambra to overcome the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ubah said: “For the records and purpose of clarity, I wish to disassociate myself from the purported donation and categorically state that at no point did I make #1billion donation under any guise, whether cash, medical equipment or relief materials to the Federal Government.
“Rather, in my bid to complement the state government’s efforts in combating the COVID-19 pandemic, I have been championing the course of mobilizing well-meaning Anambrarians to donate money to build an isolation centre and 2 surge centres across the three Senatorial districts in Anambra."
“As the Senator representing Anambra South in the National Assembly, my primary responsibility is distilled to the safety and well being of Anambra South and Anambrarians in General."
Senator Ubah's denial came just days after Legit.ng reported that another Nigerian billionaire, Mike Adenuga, donated N1.5billion to the fight against Coronavirus (COVID-19) through the Mike Adenuga Foundation.
Giving the breakdown of the N1.5 billion donation, the Foundation said that: "N1billion will go to the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) which is coordinating efforts to raise funds from corporate bodies to support the initiatives aimed at combating the COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria, while the Lagos state government which has recorded the majority of the cases will get N500 million”.
Meanwhile, as Nigeria battles to contain the spread of COVID-19, Legit.ng listed some top 11 Nigerians who have donated funds to help the government in the bid to avoid further spread of coronavirus in the country.
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