Officials say President Buhari never asked states to hoard Covid-19 palliative

Officials say President Buhari never asked states to hoard Covid-19 palliative

- The continuous looting of the Covid-19 warehouses is still generating different bones of contention

- Although the affected states have been making different defences, credible sources have vindicated President Muhammadu Buhari

- The Covid-19 palliatives were distributed to all the 36 states by the federal government to cushion the effect of the pandemic

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The federal government has finally lifted the lids on the hoarding of the palliative meant to cushion the effect of the highly-ravaging coronavirus pandemic.

According to a credible source within the current cabinet, President Muhammadu Buhari never told the 36 sates to await further directives before they could be distributing the Covid-19 palliative to the people.

It would be recalled that in clear dismay that followed the EndSARS protest, suspected hoodlums and hungry Nigerians have been breaking into stores and strategic reserves to loot food items and everything on sight.

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Within 24 hours, the Covid-19 warehouse located in Maza-Maza area of Lagos was completely looted by hundreds of youths while the Cocoa House in Ede area of Osun state was also plundered.

The hoodlums also used the avenue to plunder some personal businesses and vandalise public and private facilities in what has been attributed to hunger and excessive greed.

State governments have, however, been coming out with different excuses, with Osun in a release saying it was waiting for directives from the above to commence the distribution.

Palliatives Distribution: FG Never Asked Govs To Wait For Approval – Officials
The continuous looting of the Covid-19 warehouses is still amassing different controversies. Credit: Daily Trust
Source: UGC

Prior to the incident, the federal government, highly-spirited Nigerians and groups like Private Sector Coalition Against COVID-19 (CACOVID) had contributed food and non-food items to the states to give out to people.

The discovery of Covid-19 palliatives in some states has now been raising numerous questions, with a section blaming the state government, Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs overseen by Sadiya Umar Farouq and the president.

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But in a prompt response, Zahra, the daughter of Buhari in an Instagram post defended her father, arguing the discovery of the Covid-19 palliatives showed that the president is not the problem of the country but the state governments.

“Now that people confirmed that Buhari distributed enough palliatives nationwide, it is clear Buhari is not our problem."

Emerging reports coming from the presidency have clarified that the Covid-19 palliatives were hoarded by the state government for reasons best known to them.

"We don't want to join issue with them. But to set the record straight, there was never a time when the Presidency or the ministry of humanitarian affairs said, state governors should not distribute the palliatives given to them until a certain time.”

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Meanwhile, reported that just like in other states, residents of Plateau discovered a warehouse where Covid-19 palliatives were stored.

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The warehouse which is located in the Bukuru community of Jos South local government area of the state was stormed by a staggering number of Jos residents. People trooped in their numbers to cart away the palliatives.

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