Covid-19: Presidency clarifies report of Buhari approving N30,000 relief package to Nigerians

The Presidency on Saturday, dismissed reports that President Muhammadu Buhari has endorsed N30,000 relief package to be given to each Nigerian with a verified Bank Verification Number (BVN) to cushion hardships occasioned by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic outbreak across the nation.

Reports surfaced via social media claiming that the President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, has announced the presidential approval of the N30,000 package in an statement.

“The President announced the relief package to be given out N30,000 to each Nigerian who has a verified BVN account to ease pressure posed by the order to lockdown economic activities.

“The N30,000 relief fund will be given to each Nigerian with confirmed BVN account. I am certain the fund will go far to assist Nigerians with stocking up their home during the stay-at-home order by the Government,” the statement had quoted Adesina as saying.

However, the presidential aide, said the alleged approval by the President was composed by those he depicted as “phony news peddlers.”

Adesina, on his official Twitter handle on Saturday, stated: “Fake news peddlers have concocted a statement, purportedly issued by me, saying FG will pay N30,000 to each Nigerian with BVN, to help them stock up before an impending national lockdown. Not me.

“The alleged statement is thus disclaimed.”

Meanwhile, the number of COVID-19 cases in Nigeria as it stands is 89, as per NCDC.