The Senate has accused the Presidency of deliberately disseminating false information regarding a request to pay oil marketers.
Abba Kyari, the Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, had attributed the scarcity of petrol to failure of the Senate to approve a loan request his office submitted to it, for the payment of debts owed oil marketers.
Kyari made this known on Tuesday during a meeting with stakeholders in the oil industry.
But the spokesman of the Senate Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi said the red chamber never received any request from the Presidency.
“Senate will want the public to know that no such request has been made to it; specifically requesting for loan meant for payment to oil marketers.
”Senate is aware that subsidy on petroleum had been cancelled by this administration; so we wonder which payment we are talking about now,” he said in a statement.
“Senators have been inundated with calls from oil marketers who were present at the meeting with the chief of staff to the president on the issue and, thus, we call on Mallam Kyari to either prove his claim or retract it.
“It should be noted that a similar claim was made by the Minister of Finance on the foreign loan, at a time the Presidency had not forwarded the request. The letter requesting the foreign loan was submitted long after she was confronted with the fact.
”It is the opinion of the Senate that, instead of resorting to false claims and shifting blames in the mould of ‘Blame Someone Else,’ the Executive and Legislature should work together to solve this unnecessary fuel crisis which is making life more difficult for our people.”