Following the claim by the Federal government that it has commenced payment of the N5,000 monthly stipend to the poorest and the most vulnerable in the country as promised, Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State has challenged President Muhammadu Buhari to publish the names of those who have received the money.
The federal government in a statement released on Monday, January 2, by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo’s media aide, Mr. Laolu Akande, announced that it has started disbursing the N5000 stipend which was promised to poor Nigerians by President Buhari’s government.
Laolu disclosed that the implementation of the programme was part of the Muhammadu Buhari administration’s determined efforts to touch the lives of Nigerians positively.
Under the scheme, one million Nigerians would receive N5,000 monthly payments as a form of social safety net for the poorest and most vulnerable as provided in the 2016 budget.
However, The Punch reports that Governor Fayose challenged the president to make the names of those who have received the stipend public as Ekiti people have not received anything yet.
According to Fayose, only All Progressives Congress (APC) states will agree that they have received payment. “A blind man will say it is when it gets into my mouth that I will say you are feeding me, not promises”, he added.
He said the ruling party “should come to the reality that Nigerians are hungry and also angry and that Nigerians are no longer interested in empty promises.”
Governor Fayose further accused the APC of focusing on 2019 instead of making the country better and said the project was a World Bank own with payment made since 2016. The governor also said he was already paying poor people N10000 in Ekiti without delay.
“Federal government’s N5,000 payment to the poor was designed in a way that the state governors are also involved because they are to clear and present prospective beneficiaries before payments are made,” he said.