- Nigerians on social media are reacting to the discovery of COVID-19 palliative in warehouses in some states across the country
- Many are of the opinion that the development has validated the claim by humanitarian affairs minister that she distributed palliative across Nigeria
- Nigerians had earlier accused the minister of lying, saying they did not receive any palliative
At the height of the coronavirus pandemic, Sadiya Umar Farouq, the minister of humanitarian affairs, was criticised by many Nigerians for saying COVID-19 palliative was distributed to states across Nigeria.
Many accused the minister of being economic with the truth, saying they did not benefit from the gesture.
However, in the aftermath of the #EndSARS protest, many hoodlums in a surprising turn of the event have discovered and looted COVID-19 palliative stored in several warehouses reportedly belonging to state governments.
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With the new development, many Nigerians online have now turned back to praise the minister, saying it appears she indeed distributed palliative across the country.
Reacting on Twitter, Mrs. Nabeela Ahmadu, @AhmaduNabeela said:
"Sadiya Umar Faruq said she distributed palliatives worth billions of Naira to every state, she was tagged a chronic liar and called all sort of derogative names, unknown to the masses that state government officials were hiding the palliatives meant for the masses in a private warehouse, I can only imagine that feelings of being vindicated.
Also, @_Gizogizo_ said:
"@MBuhari and @FMHDSD sadiya Umar farouq please accept my heartfelt apologies for accusing you wrongly on covid-19 palliatives distribution."
Another Twitter user, @GrassLord_, said:
"Sadiya Umar Faruq, she wasn't lying when she said she shared palliative worth billions. Some government officials hide it in a private warehouses. It was the rioters that confirmed her innocence. Hajia a gaida ango.. Allah ya saka da alheri!"
Aesha bukar, @Aesha_bukar, tweeted:
"Dear mama sadiya umar faruq
"Please find a place in your heart to forgive those that wrongly accused you of looting covid-19 palliative."
Also, Oluwatoba Olalekan, @TheClassicMan, said:
"No doubt we all owe the minister of humanitarian affairs Sadiya Umar Farouq and apology. She said all Nigerians received Covid-19 palliatives and was damn sure about it not knowing the governors, LG, and other politicians hoarded it."
However, without disproving the minister's claim that her ministry distributed palliative across Nigeria, Legit.ng notes that the palliative recently discovered and looted by hoodlums, especially in Lagos and Kaduna, were donated by the private sector, not the federal government.
Earlier, the Kaduna state government denied the allegations that it hoarded items that were meant to be distributed to the citizens as COVID-19 palliative.
The state's deputy governor, Hadiza Balarabe, said the food items that were looted by hoodlums on Saturday, October 24, were donations from Coalition Against Covid-19 (CACOVID).
Balarabe clarified on Sunday, October 25, that the state government was ready to commence the distribution of the items in all the local government areas after coming up with a fair and efficient distribution system.
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