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Ndume replies Presidency, insists C’ttee on COVID-19 palliatives is corrupt

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Senator Ali Ndume has insisted on his claim that the Committee on COVID-19 Palliatives is corrupt and deserved to be disbanded.

He was responding to attacks on him by the Presidency for saying that the committee was corrupt.

The senator had in a recent statement decried alleged corruption of the committee set up by President Muhammadu Buhari to distribute palliatives to Nigerians to cushion the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

However, the Presidency in a statement by Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, said it was disappointing of Ndume to call out “unnamed individuals in the administration and accuse them of unknown transgression”.

Referring to Ndume as a “discontented politician”, Shehu asked him to provide proof to back his claims or else keep quiet.

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But Ndume replied in a telephone interview with the Nigerian Tribune,

saying “I’m not ready to join issues with anybody on palliatives distribution having made my observations known based on information I got from the grassroots as a grassroots person.

“I’ve made my position known on the programme and I stand by it.”

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