Senators Donated 50% of Salaries During Lockdown -Senate Spokesperson

By Oluwatomisin Amokeoja
Following the Director, Media and Publicity of the Muhammadu Buhari 2019 Presidential Campaign Committee, Engr. Kailani Muhammad berating unnamed governors and federal lawmakers for their part in hoarding palliatives, the Chairman, Senate Committee on Media and Publicity, Dr. Ajibola Basiru, who represents Osun Central has revealed that all senators donated 50 per cent of their salaries during the lockdown to ease the harsh effects of the pandemic on their constituents.
Basiru revealed this in response to a Twitter user, @Harryphem, who lamented how some lawmakers claimed they kept palliatives to distribute on their birthdays.
Looters had discovered some palliatives after storming the home of Majority Leader of Lagos State House of Assembly, Sanai Agunbiade, who represents Ikorodu 1 Constituency. Responding to the incident, Agunbiade, popularly known as SOB, said he had planned to distribute the palliatives on his birthday along with other items bought with his money.
Palliatives were also discovered in souvenirs shared on the birthday of another member of the Lagos Assembly, Mojisola Alli- Macauley, who represents Amuwo Odofin 1 Constituency. The revelation followed her criticism of the youth alleging that most do drugs and are lazy.
@Harryphem, challenging Basiru, tweeted: "Good you clear your name, but it is also very appalling to hear some of your colleagues boldly say they plan to distribute such on their birthdays.... you see why people are angry right?

"Btw, how much is fuel in Abuja Sir? Oh, sorry Onions?"
The Senator replying to him tweeted: "No Senator received palliative from the federal government or the President.

"I don't know the colleagues you could be referring to. In fact, we all donated 50 percent of our salary during the lockdown and used our personal resources to support our constituents."
Basiru in a statement issued by his Media Adviser, Remi Ibitola, described the allegations as either wicked lies or deliberate misinformation on the part of Engr Kailani, saying rather emphatically, that lawmakers never received any COVID-19 palliatives from President Muhammadu Buhari or the Federal Government, at all, for onward distribution to their constituents.

"While not speaking for the Governors, I make bold to say that no Federal lawmaker and indeed, no Senator received any kobo from Mr President or any food stuff or any material for that matter, talk less of hoarding them.
"Rather at the Senate, we donated half of members’ salaries for the purpose of cushioning the effect of COVID 19. 
"We legislators equally played our part by purchasing and distributing palliatives to people at our different constituencies. So it is quite unfortunate for Kilani Mohammed or anyone to castigate us in the public and saying what is not true", he said.

Basiru however cautioned against "deliberate falsehood to paint Federal Lawmakers in bad light for whatever motive."

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