The gifts comprised bags of rice, salt, vegetable oil, T-shirts and cash.
By: Oluwaiye dayo
According to PUNCH Metro , the event was not without hitches as policemen
and other security agents tried to push back the large crowd that turned up
from every local government area in the state. Barricades were broken as
beneficiaries caused a stampede.
As the crowd became uncontrollable, policemen fired teargas into the crowd but
the crowd remained
adamant and stood their ground.
A Special Adviser to the former Governor, Mr. Femi Oyatolu, said over 2,000
bags of rice had been distributed as of 12pm on Saturday. Oyatolu, however,
argued that the exercise was not politically-motivated as no one was made to
show evidence of membership of any political party.
A cross section of the crowd | credits: Eniola Akinkuotu
“We have distributed over 2,000 bags of rice of 12.5kg. We have also
distributed vegetable oil, T-shirts, salts and cash for the needy. It is not
politically-motivated because we have been doing this for the past five
years. It is a Christmas outreach but we also do it during Salah as well. It
is just a way of giving back to society and putting smiles on people’s
faces. It is not stomach infrastructure because it cuts across all political
divides. It is not restricted to any group.
Apart from giving out gift items, we also do free medicals for people and
also pay school fees of indigent students.”
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