N5, 000 stipend not ‘propaganda’ – Presidency

President Muhammadu Buhari

The Presidency on Wednesday dismissed insinuations that reports of the commencement of payment of N5,000 stipend to the less-privileged Nigerians were “mere propaganda’’.

Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the President, stated this while fielding questions from State House correspondents in Abuja.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Mr. Adesina’s remarks followed criticism by Gov. Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State that the Federal Government was using the scheme as a propaganda machine to score cheap political goals.

Mr. Adesina urged Nigerians to be wary of “detractors” as the government continues to “implement policies tailored towards uplifting their quality of life”.

“On the N5, 000 stipend for the poorest of the poor. It was announced specifically from the office of the Vice-President that the scheme has started in nine states and then someone came and said ‘it’s not true’.

“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 says `it is politics’, is not true. Choose who to believe; I can tell you that you should believe this government because this government will not lie to you,’’ he said.

Mr. Adesina said the federal government had already commenced payment of N5, 000 stipends to poor Nigerians as against insinuations that the programme had not commenced.

Mr. Fayose in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Idowu Adelusi, described as propaganda the federal government N5, 000 monthly stipends to one million poor Nigerians.

The governor said most of the states listed were APC states and would not publicly refute the claim.

He challenged the federal government to publish the names of people collecting the stipends and their accounts.



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  • Otile

    How many times did this government kill Imam Abu Shekau?
    How many times did this government defeat Islamic terrorists?

    Does Tukur not own two houses in Dubai well above his income?

    • Mufu Ola

      You have d same primitive mentality with Fayose.

      • Otile

        You have the same primitive mendacity with Imam Mohamed Buhari.

        • You know that is a super compliment right?

          • Otile

            It is like saying that Sai babarian is a super compliment right?

        • Tman


    • Paul Young

      The multiple killing of shekau started with GEJ’S tenure. Nigerian army is useless, period. Doesn’t matter who is C in C

      • Otile

        Must Imam Buhari continue to lie that he killed Imam Abu Shekau several times?

    • Tman


      • Otile

        You are living in the past. Jonathan in no longer in government, Imam Mohamed Buhari is.

    • Iskacountryman

      i collected my N5000.00 yesterday…i had to show my recently purchased apc membership card…

  • Paul Young

    Fayose speaks like an illiterate. How can they publish peoples personal details and account numbers ?

    • He was a bus boy, he would always be one.

    • elvis

      What is the wrong in publishing that. You are the one who needs exposure

      • thusspokez

        Welcome to the civilisation! It is what data protection laws are for, namely, to protect your personal data from misuse.

        • obiora

          Then do not take public Money. Work for your Money but when you want public Money you will be ready to prove that you are among the poorest of the poor.

          • thusspokez

            “you this, you that” What makes you think that I am a recipient?

            Anyway, do you think that because people are receiving public money therefore, the government should break the law and reveal their personal details to the public? You have a weird way of thinking.

  • elvis

    We all know the poorest people in nigeria don’t have access to banking facilities. Wonder how and when accounts were opened for them. Shameless government.

    • Wakawaka

      God Bless! Tell them.

  • Ezekiel

    Who are the ones been given the money? We’ll like to know them for transparency and proof and how are they being given.

    • Tman


      • Otile

        Did one corrupt mallam not use 500 millions to mow grass in one single IDP? Shine your eyes.

  • thusspokez

    “On the N5, 000 stipend for the poorest of the poor. It was announced specifically from the office of the Vice-President that the scheme has started in nine states and then someone came and said ‘it’s not true’

    We have heard of the: “poorest”; “poorest and most vulnerable”; and here, “poorest of poor”. The federal government needs to first define what these terms mean (BTW Don’t respond to tell me to go to school if I don’t know what poor or poorest mean — as some Nigerians often do).

    The government needs to give these terms legal meanings, so that it is clear who might be entitled to the handouts. Even then, how do the government prove that someone is qualified for the handouts?