Unlike the Information Minister, Lai Mohammed, who allegedly has the penchant of telling lies, President Muhammad Buhari, on Wednesday, January 4, said that he has never lied, and would never lie to Nigerians.
Buhari, who made this revelation through his Spokesman, Femi Adesina, while speaking to State House Correspondents, after the Federal Executive Council, FEC, meeting presided over by Buhari at the Presidential Villa, insisted that the government of Mr President, will not lie to Nigerians, and that his word is his bond.
This came, as the Presidency had on Monday, in a statement by the Senior Special Assistant on Media to the Vice President, Laolu Akande, declared that the government had started the payment of N5, 000 monthly stipends, to the poorest and the most vulnerable in the country, in nine States, through the Conditional Cash Transfer, CCT, of its Social Investment Programmes.
Under the CCT, 1 million Nigerians would receive N5, 000 monthly payments, as a form of social safety net for the poorest and most vulnerable; as budgeted for in the 2016 Budget.
However, the Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, who punctured the claim, described it as propaganda and said, “A blind man will say it is when it gets into my mouth, that I will say you are feeding me, not promises.”
In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Idowu Adelusi, Fayose argued that there was no evidence of the payment in his State, which is one of the States where the Federal Government claimed the exercise had started.
He then challenged the government to publish the names of the people receiving it, and the accounts of those receiving as well.
Reacting to Fayose’s statement, Adesina described the administration of Buhari, as one that is built on integrity, and as such, cannot lie to Nigerians on the payment of N5. 000 stipends to vulnerable Nigerians, insisting that the payment has started in nine States.
The statement reads: “A certain Governor came and says it is not true. 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 its 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,” he said.