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Palliative From Hell: Ogun State Residents Return Governor Dapo Abiodun’s Palliative, Say We Are Not Hungry, We Are Not Beggars



Questions are being asked regarding the manner of palliative recently distributed by Governor Dapo Abiodun-led  Ogun State government.

The less than a quarter bag of rice being shared by the Abiodun government has no doubt put a massive dent in the image of the state and its leadership.

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Chairman of Shokeye Estate

Coming amidst viral videos of northern politicians from Borno, Yobe, and Adamawa State, among others sharing qualitative empowerment items to their people to cushion the effect of the hardship in the country from the removal of fuel subsidy, the story is very different in Ogun State.

In a statement, Governor Babagana Umara Zulum said that while the federal government palliatives would cater to 100,000 vulnerable households in the state, his administration would provide for an additional 300,000 households to make a total of 400,000 households.

In Yobe, the Deputy Governor who is the Chairman of the palliatives committee, Idi Gubana, said distribution of palliatives has commenced, targeting 80,000 households in 17 local government areas of the state.

Gubana, who spoke through his Press Secretary, Hussaini Mai-Suleh, said the distribution had been launched in the three senatorial zones, with Zone A in Damaturu, Zone B in Fune, and Zone C in Jakusko.

Indeed, there is a clear-cut difference like palliative being shared in the north as compared to what is happening in Ogun State.

The spotlight was put on the sad palliative coming from the rocky state when the chairman of Shokeye Estate in Ogun State called out the supposedly miracle-working governor, slamming him over the bag of rice sent as palliative to his estate of 147 houses.

In a viral video, the chairman said that he was at home when the bag of rice was brought to him as palliative for the whole estate with 147 houses.

Expressing his shock, the man said,

‘’I am confused. I don’t know how to share this for 147 households in Shokeye Estate. If you guys, the government, I am talking to Dapo Abiodun now, if you people know you cannot do something, don’t do it. We are not hungry, we are not beggars, so we do not need your rice as palliative. This is not even one bag. This is not up to one-eight of a bag of rice.

“I will return your rice so you can give it back to Gov Dapo Abiodun so they can give it back to his boss Tinubu who sent him. We are not hungry people and God will not make us hungry. If you want to give us palliative, don’t insult us. This is an insult. Shokeye estate refuses to be insulted.”

In recent times, northern politicians have been busy sharing palliative to the citizens with videos showing people grabbing at least one bag of rice each. Many were even spotted carrying the items collected as palliative on their heads, beaming with smiles of satisfaction.

Meanwhile, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ogun State has described the palliative as a failure, urging  Abiodun to take responsibility.

The PDP stated this in a statement signed by its Publicity Secretary, Asiwaju Akinloye Bankole.

The party was reacting to a statement from the state government alleging that the opposition parties were behind the determined plans to rubbish efforts by the state and the federal governments to provide relief to the vulnerable people to cushion the effects of the recent subsidy removal.

The Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Lekan Adeniran,  in a statement had said the government was aware that some agents of the opposition have resorted to media blackmail to discredit the current administration.

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