Lawmaker in Trouble Over Alleged Use of COVID19 Palliatives as Birthday Souvenirs




The lawmaker representing Amuwo Odofin constituency 1 of Lagos State, Mojisola Alli-Macaulay, has been accused of using palliatives donated by private sector-led Coalition Against COVID-19, CACOVID, as birthday souvenirs.
 
The accusation follows the viral video of Alli-Macauley opining that most Nigerian youths are drug addicts during a plenary at the Lagos State House of Assembly on the looting and pandemonium after #EndSARS campaign was hijacked by irate youths.
 
"They (Nigerian youths) are high on drugs all the time, most of them. They go to social media to do all sorts of things," she said.
 
A Twitter user with the handle OAanu, called the attention of Lagos Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, attaching different pictures of souvenirs containing items branded CACOVID to prove that Alli-Macauley used the COVID-19 palliatives.
 
He also accused her of being high on drugs and requested that she is arrested for the alleged diversion of the palliatives.
 
OAanu2020 tweeted: "Dear Governor #jidesanwoolu, Mrs Mojisola Alli-Macauley must be high on drugs all the time for her to use the CA-COVID Pallatives for the poor as her Birthday Souvenir. She is a Chief looter. Arrest her. #instablog #lindaikejiblog #tundeednut #falz #EndSARS #davido #mrmacaroni."
 
Nigeria's civic tech organisation, BudgIT Nigeria reacted to the Twitter user's allegation by calling on Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, ICPC, to demand for accountability on how COVID-19 palliatives were disbursed citing the pictures as evidences of conversion for private purposes.
 
It tweeted: "@ICPC_PE We need to demand #account4COVID. This is an evidence that palliatives meant for vulnerable Nigerians were converted for private purposes. #AskQuestions"

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