The ongoing spate of looting has exposed the palliatives supposedly stashed for Nigerians at the height of the COVID-19 lockdown.
On the ground, residents uncovered warehouse destinations and struck.
Sadiya Umar Farouq, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, is a name closely associated with palliatives at the height of the lockdown.
The ministry said it had distributed assorted food items to states for onward distribution to the most vulnerable population but the claim was rebuffed by many saying they did not benefit from the gesture.
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And of course, Farouq and the ministry she’s spearheading were
called out severally for allegedly siphoning the palliatives.
Now, she is looking golden.
Farouq the hero
Sadiya Umar Faruq, she wasn’t lying when she said she shared palliative worth billions. Some government officials hide it in a private warehouses. It was the rioters that confirmed her innocence. Hajia a gaida ango.. Allah ya saka da alheri! pic.twitter.com/fY3kDXGUab
— OG_shabab Tha_WeedLord (@GrassLord_) October 25, 2020
Sadiya Umar Faruq said she distributed palliatives worth billions of Naira to every state, she was tagged a chronic liar and called all sort of derogative names, #2023ElectionforYouth | Wikipedia pic.twitter.com/fxk4WzRdDI
— Mrs. Nabeela Ahmadu (@AhmaduNabeela) October 24, 2020
Forgive those that accused you
Some members of the online community are asking Farouq to forgive those who accused her of syphoning the palliatives.
Dear mama sadiya umar faruq
Please find a place in your heart to forgive those that wrongly accused you of looting covid-19 palliatives pic.twitter.com/vXuuYXT9ET
— Aesha bukar? (@Aesha_bukar) October 25, 2020
So sad we didn’t believe her.. It was the people underneath the distribution that did this and made her seem like a liar pic.twitter.com/K9OFgeqhou
— YOUTH DEMOCRATIC PARTY (YDP)???✊? (@TobiPaul13) October 24, 2020
Ca-COVID is different from FG
Videos available from some of the warehouses show that the looted items have the CaCOVID stamp on them.
Many say the palliatives are not from the Federal Government but from private companies.
Lol, Nice try.
The palliatives being looted in videos are NOT FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. They’re from CaCOVID- Coalition Against COVID19 which is a private initiative.
— The Olusheyi (@Oshey_O) October 24, 2020
Madam you are mis yarning. Cacovid palliatives is different from FG covid 19 palliatives. She has to answer how she was able to feed school children in (school)while they were still in their parents respective homes.
— MESCANA?™ (@realmetrah) October 24, 2020
Sadia Lied! Cacovid is from private sectors. Ask her where the government palliatives are?
— Tired Nigerian (@LauryyMama) October 24, 2020
Hold your state government accountable
And now, members of the online community say, state governments should be held accountable for hoarding the items and not Farouq.
So after-all, Sadiya Umar Faruq was a bit innocent when she made the statement that “ she shared billions of palliatives”.
If any warehouse filled with COVID-19 palliative is found, hold your governor responsible.
Amarsu tasha dalma fa anan ? pic.twitter.com/c6d2MF7dyK
— Slim_berry?Amina? (@Meeiynalicious) October 24, 2020
When Sadiya Umar Faruq said she supplied palliatives worth billions to states & we called her a chronic liar by us.
Today, the world can see that our State Governors heap food meant for the masses in private ware houses.
Our Governors are wicked & are part of the problem. pic.twitter.com/AjxG4p48lO
— Lagos Landord and 36 Tenants GCFR???? (@chiefagbabiaka_) October 24, 2020
Nigerians are So SORRY for accusing you SADIYA UMAR FARUQ.
And you our Governors Dariz God pic.twitter.com/xDfwG7L4ZL
— Babagana Shettima (@Shettima009) October 24, 2020
Efforts to speak with the Minister on Sunday were not successful as her telephone line was not connecting.
She was yet to respond to a text message also.