Senator Bola Tinubu, according to Punch Metro, gave out bags of rice, T-Shirts, Vegetable Oil, Salt and Cash to many Lagosians this past weekend.
The security agencies could not control the large crowd as most of the residents turned up from every local government area in the mega city. The policemen were forced to scare away the crowds by firing teargas which had no effect.
Mr. Femi Oyatolu, A Special Adviser to the former Governor, who claims it’s was not politically-motivated said over 2,000 bags of rice had been distributed as of 12pm on Saturday.
He said:“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.”
Here’s what Tinubu had to say as it was reported that the Foundation (APC’s national leader’s self-named foundation) gives out food stuff to the needy three times a year, especially during Sallah, Ramadan and Christmas.
He said: “I wish everybody a Merry Christmas, a joyful and peaceful Nigeria in the New Year. The country is for all of us; there is no religious poverty. Poverty knows no religion; it has no tribal mark; poverty is poverty because it affects every one of us.
“That is why I provide relief for those who ordinarily would be left with nothing during this period. I try to put something in the envelope, to provide succour for them on a day when everybody is rejoicing about the birth of the Saviour. That is the joy I derive from this”