The Presidency has reacted to claims that President Bola Tinubu doled out millions of naira to members of the National Assembly for the Christ and New year celebrations.
The special assistant to the president on social media, Dada Olusegun, said President Tinubu only distributed rice and other food items as palliatives and sort of constituency projects worth N100 million per federal constituency and N200 million per senatorial constituency.
Dada dismissed the allegation that Tinubu gave cash to the National Assembly members as palliatives to the people in their constituencies and senatorial districts during the festive period.
He urged Nigerians to disregard any misinformation or propaganda that may suggest otherwise.
“President Tinubu did not give cash to the National Assembly members as palliatives to the people in the constituencies and senatorial districts,” Dada said.
“The President through the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security only distributed rice and other food items as palliatives and sort of Constituency Projects worth 100 Million per Federal Constituency and N200 Million per Senatorial Constituency.
“The NASS members are considered to be closest to ordinary Nigerians people in all parts of the country. The emanating insinuations from some Nigerians out there suggesting that some National Assembly members are hoarding the palliatives is grossly misleading because they can only distribute when they have received it, and this is due to logistic reasons behind the distribution process.
“Again, President Tinubu approved the distribution of trailers’ load of food materials to National Assembly members, but it was not done in cash. It was food items sourced through the Ministry of Agriculture,” he added.