The Presidency yesterday berated Ekiti State Governor Ayo Fayose for describing the monthly payment of N5,000 stipend to the poorest as mere propaganda, stressing that the government will not lie to Nigerians.
Fayose had, in a statement by his chief press secretary on Tuesday, said there had been no such payment in his state which was one of the nine states the Federal Government listed as beneficiaries of the first batch of the scheme.
The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, replied the governor yesterday while fielding a question from State House correspondents after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting.
Adesina said President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration was built on integrity and accountability, and would not lie to the citizens.
“It was announced, specifically from the Office of the Vice President, that the scheme has started in nine states. And then, a certain governor came and said it is not true. It is just a matter of who do you believe.
“This is a government that is built on integrity and accountability. This government will not lie to Nigerians, does not lie to Nigerians. In fact, anything you hear from this government, you can take it to the bank, believe it.
“So, if anybody comes and says it is politics, it is not true. Choose who to believe. I can tell you that you should believe this government because this government.”