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General News of Wednesday, 8 December 2021

Source: www.mynigeria.com

Three times Nigerians knocked Lai Mohammed over his utterances

Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed

Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed has grown a reputation of notoriety amongst Nigerians.

A lawyer and former National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), he has grown unpopular amongst young Nigerians due to most of his utterances on issues of national concern.

Born on this day in 1952 to the family of Alhaji Mohammed Adekeye in Kwara, he picked up a bachelor's degree in French from the Obafemi Awolowo University in 1975. He further obtained a law degree from the University of Lagos and the Nigerian Law School.

Known fondly as "Lie" Mohammed by Nigerians, the minister of state has been accused by some local and international news about giving contradictory accounts and false accounts of events in Nigeria.

These are the times Nigerians have called on Lai Mohammed over his utterances

Twitter Ban

Lai Mohammed was at the forefront of the ban of the popular microblogging platform, Twitter.

The minister stated that the federal government had officially put an indefinite ban on the social media platform after it deleted some tweets by President Buhari.

The President in his tweets had cautioned the Nigerians of Igbo extraction of a repeat of the 1967 Biafran Civil War due to the ongoing insurgency in Southeastern Nigeria.

Speaking after an engagement with representatives from Twitter, Lai Mohammed said Twitter "will be licensed by the broadcasting commission, and must agree not to allow its platform to be used by those who are promoting activities that are inimical to the corporate existence of Nigeria."

End SARS brouhaha

Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed has constantly denied the intrusion of personnel of the Nigeria Army at the Lekki tollgate that led to the death of some unarmed Nigerians.

On November 19, 2020, the minister accused Obianuju Catherine Udeh, popularly known as DJ Switch of spreading falsehood through her live stream on Instagram.

Mohammed, who described the event of October 20, 2020, as a “massacre without bodies”, insisted that contrary to DJ Switch’s claims, not a single body has been produced or a single family has come out to claim their family member was killed at the Lekki tollgate, reports SaharaReporters.

Judicial Panel Report

Lai Mohammed was once again taken to the cleaners by Nigerians after he dismissed the report on the Lekki toll gate violence, delivered by the Judicial Panel of Inquiry and Restitution at the Lagos Court of Arbitration.

Speaking to the press after the release of the report, he described it as one riddled with “errors, inconsistencies, discrepancies, speculations, innuendoes, omissions and conclusions that are not supported by evidence”.

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