Following an allegation by Sahara Reporters against the Minister of Humanitarian Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiyah Umar Farouq, a good will ambassador to the Minister, Farouq Saleh Gagarawa has challenged the media outlet to provide evidence to prove their accusations.
Sahara Reporters had earlier published a report against the Humanitarian Affairs Minister, accusing her of gifting N-Power slots to senators.
The report alleged that Sadiya had convert the N-Power scheme to political patronage.
The report reads: “Contrary to the failed attempt by the Nigerian Senate’s spokesperson to defend the allocating of N-Power slots to the parliamentarians and other reporters, SaharaReporters can authoritatively confirm the breakdown of allocation of slots to the national assembly.
“A member of the parliament concerned about the deceit playing between the parliamentarians and the minister confessed to SaharaReporters how the minister allocated slots in the N-Power to the National Assembly.
“In the sharing formular, each member of the leadership of the Assembly is allocated 500 slots; each senator got 200 slots and each House of Representatives member was given 150 slots.
“Farouq converted the successful youth empowerment programme to a bazaar and political patronage.
“Other ministers have also been allocated 100 slots each by Farouq and forms are freely distributed in government offices in Abuja to aides and others,” the report alleged.
However, Farouq Gagarawa took to his Twitter handle to debunk the allegations, tagging it “false.”
“We challenge you to come forward with sophisticated evidence that will prove your accusations,” he tweeted.
Faroug alleged that Sahara Reporters has been a deadly media outlet in it’s propaganda.
“However, this is not news to us in the past few weeks. Nigerians has realized that you’re a deadly media outlet in propaganda. Your ED seem to be using you to get back at the government,” he added.
Recall that SaharaReporters just of recent made an allegation against the Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Isa Ali Pantami, accusing him of procuring three houses within his assumption of office.