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IPOB/MASSOB Members’ Asylum: FG May Summon British Envoy
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IPOB/MASSOB Members’ Asylum: FG May Summon British Envoy

The Federal Government on Tuesday expressed anger over a plan by the United Kingdom to offer asylum to “persecuted” members of the Indigenous People of Biafra and the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra. The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja, said the plan was disrespectful to Nigeria as a nation. Mohammed stated this as there were indications on Tuesday that the Federal Government might summon the British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Catriona Laing, over the asylum offer. But socio-political groups including the Middle Belt Forum, the Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Afenifere and the Pan-Niger Delta Forum, supported the asylum offer by the UK and berated the Federal Government over th...
Asylum To IPOB Members: UK Disrespectful, Sabotaging Terrorism Fight – FG
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Asylum To IPOB Members: UK Disrespectful, Sabotaging Terrorism Fight – FG

The Federal Government says the reported decision of the United Kingdom to grant asylum to “persecuted” members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) is disrespectful of Nigeria as a nation. The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, also said that the decision amounted to sabotaging the fight against terrorism and generally undermining Nigeria’s security. Fielding questions at a News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) flagship interview programe, NANForum, on Tuesday in Abuja, Mohammed said the decision is unacceptable to Nigeria. “Let me say straightaway that this issue is within the purview of the Honourable Minister of Foreign Affairs and I am sure he will handle it appropriately. “But as the spokesman for the Federal Government of Nigeria, I will say that i...
FG Rejects TI’s Rating Of Nigeria’s Anti-corruption War
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FG Rejects TI’s Rating Of Nigeria’s Anti-corruption War

The recent poor rating of Nigeria in its anti-corruption campaign by the Transparency International (TI) received the attention of the federal government yesterday as it punctured the assessment, saying it was full of discrepancies, inaccurate data and indices. The National Contact to TI in Nigeria, the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC), had on Tuesday, accused the present Nigerian government of not being transparent in its anti-corruption crusade and management of recovered assets. But in a swift response, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, told reporters at the end of the weekly virtual Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting emphasised that TI has been using incorrect indices to rate Nigeria in the last decade. He said TI had fail...
‘You Will Soon Lose Credibility’ – Lai Mohammed To Amnesty International
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‘You Will Soon Lose Credibility’ – Lai Mohammed To Amnesty International

'Speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria on Thursday in Abuja, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed accused AI of disinformation and double standard. “If Amnesty International has any proof, it should come out with it or shut up. “After a lot of dillydallying, Amnesty International said 12 people were shot at the Lekki Toll Gate. “They should take advantage of the Judicial Panel of Enquiry set up by Lagos state to tell the names and addresses of the 12 people they claim were shot at the toll gate,’’ he said. Mohammed also accused the global body of double standard in the handling of cases involving Nigeria and some other developing countries compared to some developed world. He said the AI did not say one word when the American government arreste...
We Celebrated Christmas, New Year Without ‘Rain Of Bombs’ – Lai Mohammed
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We Celebrated Christmas, New Year Without ‘Rain Of Bombs’ – Lai Mohammed

Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Minister of Information and Culture  has lauded the Armed Forces and other security agencies for their patriotism and commitment to the anti-terror war despite criticism about their performances by some Nigerians and international bodies. He said the combined efforts of the security agencies, Nigeria just celebrated another Christmas and New Year without 'rain of bombs'. Addressing reporters in Lagos, the Minister said many of the critics have forgotten the situation in the country in 2010, 2011 and 2012 under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) - led federal government. He said "It is sad that we have forgotten where we were in terms of the state of insecurity just a few years back. Let me mention some instances that will put things in a better perspective...
Governor Ortom Asks FG Not To Reverse Ban On Rice Importation
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Governor Ortom Asks FG Not To Reverse Ban On Rice Importation

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State, on Monday, appealed to the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), to sustain the policy on the ban of rice importation and not succumb to any pressure. The governor made the appeal in Makurdi when the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, paid him a courtesy visit. During the visit, Ortom said the state as the food basket of the nation, commended the president and the Federal Government for the policy which helped in boosting rice production and agriculture in general in the state. “The ban on rice importation remains a major milestone in the development of agriculture in Benue. We want to appeal to the Federal Government to continue with the policy. “There might be hardship for a little while but farmers...
Nigeria Petitions CNN Over #EndSARS Report
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Nigeria Petitions CNN Over #EndSARS Report

The Federal Government of Nigeria on Monday petitioned the Cable News Network (CNN), demanding “an immediate and exhaustive investigation into its report on the Lekki Toll Gate incident. The petition threatened to take legal action and urged the network to determine its authenticity and conformity to basic standards of journalism. In the petition addressed to Mr Jonathan Hawkins VP, Communications, CNN Centre Atlanta, Georgia U.S, the government said if the international media organisation failed to carry out its demand, it will “take any action within its laws’’ to prevent CNN from aggravating the #EndSARS crisis. The petition dated Nov. 23 and personally signed by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed was made available to the News Agency of Nigeria in...
Bear With Us, If We Have Not Done Enough – Buhari Appeals To Nigerians
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Bear With Us, If We Have Not Done Enough – Buhari Appeals To Nigerians

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday appealed to Nigerians yet to feel the impacts of his Administration and those who feel the government is not doing enough to bear with the government. The President made the appeal in Ilorin at a town hall meeting with the traditional rulers, youths, students, organised labour, market women and other stakeholders on the #EndSARS protest and its aftermath. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN recalled the President had directed all his cabinet ministers to go to their respective states and interact with the people over the protest and what the government had done. The Kwara state meeting hosted in Ilorin by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed was attended by the state Governor Abdulrazaq Abdulrahman. Speaker of the sta...
Fuel price: Why Buhari compared Nigeria with Saudi Arabia – FG
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Fuel price: Why Buhari compared Nigeria with Saudi Arabia – FG

The Federal Government says the comparison made by the President, Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), on fuel prices between Nigeria, Saudi Arabia and other countries in his 2020 Independence Day national broadcast is justified. Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, made the submission when he featured on a Radio Nigeria current affairs programme, “Radio Link’’ on Saturday in Abuja. Buhari said in his Independence Day broadcast that “we sell petrol at N161 per litre when same is sold at N168 per litre in Saudi Arabia; N211 per litre in Egypt; N362 per litre in Ghana; N362 per litre in Chad, and N346 per litre in Niger Republic. “It does not make sense for petrol to be cheaper in Nigeria than Saudi Arabia,’’ A cross-section of Nigerians, however, criticised the pre...
FG Congratulates Mo Abudu On Netflix Deal
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FG Congratulates Mo Abudu On Netflix Deal

The Federal Government has congratulated media entrepreneur and filmmaker Mo Abudu over her partnership with leading global streaming service Netflix to create two original series as well as multiple Netflix-branded films. In a statement issued in Abuja on Friday, by his SA on media, Segun Adeyemi, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said the partnership, for on-screen adaptation of Wole Soyinka’s ‘Death and The King’s Horseman’ and Lola Shoneyin’s ‘The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives’, adds another feather to Mo Abudu’s already well-adorned creative cap. For criticising Lai Mohammed, court remands Osun-based poet Nigeria’s Anthony Alabi stars on Netflix show, ‘Family Reunion’ The Minister also described the deal as a big boost for the country’s Creati...
US President, Donald Trump Sends 1,000 Ventilators To Nigeria
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US President, Donald Trump Sends 1,000 Ventilators To Nigeria

United States President, Donald Trump said Thursday that he has sent 1,000 ventilators to Nigeria to help save lives from the COVID-19 pandemic. Questioned on his claim of enough ventilators to share with other countries, after touring Ford Motor plant in Ypsilanti, Michigan, refitted to produce Personal Protection Equipment (PPE), he said: “We were just talking about we have a very big stockpile right now, and we building a bigger…we are helping a lot of other countries. Nigeria, we just sent a thousand. We have various countries – France, Spain, we have a lot going to Italy, we have a lot going to probably 15, 18 countries. They’re calling us. We have the capacity to do this. Nobody else did. “So, every state now has more than they need and our stockpile is totally full. We ...
COVID-19: FG Appeals To Traders, Transporters Not To Hike Prices
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COVID-19: FG Appeals To Traders, Transporters Not To Hike Prices

The Federal Government has appealed to traders not to hike prices of food items and transportation as the country battles to contain the Coronavirus (COVID-19) global pandemic. Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information, Culture, and Tourism, made the appeal at the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 daily news briefing on Thursday in Abuja He said it was necessary that market women and men understood the enormity of the time regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, adding that there is a need to show compassion to all Nigerians by not hiking prices of foodstuff and services. The minister said that this period was a time to give back to society while calling on Nigerians not to take the opportunity of COVID-19 to further oppress other Nigerians. “This is a time people are giv...
FG Frowns As States Reopen Mosques, Churches
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FG Frowns As States Reopen Mosques, Churches

In one fell swoop, four states in the North – Borno, Gombe, Adamawa and Zamfara – on Thursday reopened Mosques and Churches. It was a major easing of the lockdown imposed to curb Coronavirus spread. The Federal Government frowned at the situation having not been consulted as expected, in line with the COVID-19 protocol. Besides, the Federal Government believes that the situation of the virus spread had not reached the stage of lowering the guard. Coronavirus cases in the country last night surpassed the 5,000 mark, with close to 200 deaths recorded. The Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 Control has resolved to engage with the governors. Minister for Information and Culture Alhaji Lai Mohammed said: “We are always working together with the Nigerian Governors’ Forum (...
Nigerians Evacuated From Dubai Protest, Say They Are Treated Like Prisoners
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Nigerians Evacuated From Dubai Protest, Say They Are Treated Like Prisoners

Some Nigerians recently evacuated from Dubai, United Arab Emirates, have stated that they are being treated like prisoners. They told newsmen that the hotel where they are being quarantined in Lagos is surrounded by soldiers who do not allow them to even get fresh air or receive some sunlight within the compound. One of them, who wished to remain anonymous for fear of being victimized, said, “Sincerely, we have not had it good since we returned from Dubai. We all tested negative for COVID-19 but we are being treated as if we have the disease. “We have been here for three days now but we have not been allowed to even breathe fresh air or even feel sunlight on our skin. It is as if we are in prison. Even the food we are being given is not good at all. We are just managing it.” ...
No Chinese Doctor Tested Positive For COVID-19 – Lai Mohammed
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No Chinese Doctor Tested Positive For COVID-19 – Lai Mohammed

THE Presidential Task Force (PTF) on the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) has described news making the rounds, claiming that one of the Chinese doctors recently brought into Nigeria had tested positive for the COVID-19. Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, who is also a member of the PTF, debunked this claim during Wednesday’s daily media briefing by the task force in Abuja. The Minister, who observed that the task force had been having to devote as much energy devoted to the fight against COVID-19 to dispelling fake news, being regularly spun against the efforts of government in fighting the pandemic. The Minister, who had in the past few days devoted most of his time during the daily briefings to debunk fake news and explain developments to the general publ...
FG Alerts Nigerians On Ransomeware Disguised As A Coronavirus Watch App
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FG Alerts Nigerians On Ransomeware Disguised As A Coronavirus Watch App

The Federal Government on Tuesday raised the alarm over the existence of an Android- based malicious and fraudulent coronavirus Ransomware application , which claims to provide updates on COVID- 19 and infections near the user. The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, in a statement by his Special Assistant, Mr Segun Adeyemi , said the Ransomware blocks access to users’ personal data and accounts and threatens deletion , unless users pay $ 100 in Bitcoin within 48 hours . He said the Ransomware App, detected on the website www. coronavirusapp. site, “ prompts users to download an Android App purportedly for coronavirus map tracking and heat map visuals .” Mohammed said the development confirmed warnings against cyber criminals seeking to exploit the growing spread o...
Coronavirus: FG Will Not Ban Nigerians From Travelling To China – Lai Mohammed
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Coronavirus: FG Will Not Ban Nigerians From Travelling To China – Lai Mohammed

The Federal Government will not stop Nigerians from travelling to China or any other country where coronavirus has manifested. Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, made this known while addressing newsmen shortly after a meeting of the inter-ministerial and multi-sectoral committee on coronavirus held at the Ministry of Health, Abuja on Friday. He said that rather than impose a travel ban, there will be travel advisory that will help Nigerians who wish to visit China to do so without any encumbrances to their health and wellbeing. “We know it is a bit difficult to ban people from travelling. “Another thing is that this is not a basis to stigmatise people who come from there. “Even if we have Nigerians who are there unless they indicate interest that ...
Victor Olaiya’s Death a Shock – Nigerian government
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Victor Olaiya’s Death a Shock – Nigerian government

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has mourned the death of the late music icon, Sir Victor Olaiya. Mohammed in a statement sent to DAILY POST signed by his Special Assistant on Media, Segun Adeyemi said despite his age, Olaiya’s death came as a shock to him. He described Olaiya, as a legend whose music signposted a great epoch in the history of Nigeria. The minister added that the death of Olaiya was a great loss to the Creative Industry. ”Sir Victor Olaiya was not just a musician, but a great patriot, hence it was not a surprise that he played officially when the country became independent in 1960 and when it became a republic in 1963. ”The doyen of highlife music charted a path for many generations of Nigerian musicians, and this great role wa...
We Can Handle Coronavirus – Nigeria’s Health Minister
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We Can Handle Coronavirus – Nigeria’s Health Minister

The Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, has assured that Nigeria has the capacity to detect and respond to the coronavirus if it is imported into the country. The coronavirus, a deadly new virus which originated in Wuhan, China, has killed more than 170 people and spread to several provinces in the country as well as other countries. Thousands of people have been infected. The origin is suspected to be a food market that “conducted illegal transactions of wild animals” in Wuhan. Speaking yesterday at the inauguration of the inter-ministerial and multi-sectoral committee on the novel coronavirus in Abuja, he said: “While the risk of importation exists, we can assure Nigerians of the nation’s capacity to detect, assess and respond to this and other public health threats at the poi...
FG Warns Kukah Not To Divide Nigeria
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FG Warns Kukah Not To Divide Nigeria

The Federal Government on Friday warned the Catholic Archbishop of Sokoto Diocese , Rev Fr Matthew Kukah, against indulging in “ actions that are capable of dividing the country along religious lines ” . The regime , however , advised him to use his “ high ecclesiastical office to work for religious harmony in Nigeria” . The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, gave the warning in a statement by his Special Assistant , Segun Adeyemi . He was reacting to a statement credited to Kukah , in which he compared the Federal Government with Boko Haram . The government said it was “ not only disingenuous , but also a great disservice to the men and women in uniform who are daily battling the Boko Haram and ISWAP terrorists to keep all Nigerians safe ” . Accor...
FG Prohibits Exclusivity Rights In Sports Broadcasting
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FG Prohibits Exclusivity Rights In Sports Broadcasting

The Federal Government has prohibited exclusivity rights in broadcasting sporting events in the country. The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, disclosed this in a statement issued in Abuja Thursday. The statement was made available to newsmen by Mr Segun Adeyemi Special Assistant to the President (Media), Office of the Minister of Information and Culture. News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports the statement in general directed the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to immediately implement measures aimed at sanitising and re-positioning the broadcast industry. The Minister specifically directed NBC to implement a new regulation mandating broadcasters and exclusive licensees to share such exclusive rights with other broadcasters. ”This regulation...
ASUU Leadership Keeps Mute After Meeting With Buhari
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ASUU Leadership Keeps Mute After Meeting With Buhari

The leadership of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on Thursday declined comment on the outcome of its meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The ASUU leadership was led by its President, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi. News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reliably learnt that the meeting was at the instance of the university lecturers who have been resisting enrolling on the Federal Government`s Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS). Buhari had ordered the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning to stop the payment of salaries of Federal Government workers, including members of ASUU, who failed to enrol on the IPPIS platform by Oct. 31, 2019. The government later extended the deadline to Nov. 30, 2019. NAN ...
Join Me In Taking Nigeria To The Next Level – Buhari To PDP
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Join Me In Taking Nigeria To The Next Level – Buhari To PDP

President Muhammadu Buhari has appealed to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to join hands with his administration in taking Nigeria to the Next Level. Addressing a press conference in Lagos on Monday, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Minister of Information and Culture described the outgoing year 2019 as a momentous year, saying President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration has taken Nigeria closer to its Next Level target. “We urge the opposition to join hands with us to move Nigeria to the Next Level, instead of engaging in scorched-earth opposition that benefits no one”. "2019 has been a momentous year, and this Administration has taken Nigeria closer to its Next Level target. The economy has continued to witness a strong performance, building on the steady recovery since th...
Fed Govt. To Launch New Culture Policy, Establish Endowment Fund For Arts
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Fed Govt. To Launch New Culture Policy, Establish Endowment Fund For Arts

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has revealed the Federal Government’s plan to launch a National Policy on Culture as well as National Policy on Tourism. Speaking in Lagos yesterday at a media briefing to unveil his ministry’s agenda for the culture and tourism sector, he reiterated the government’s determination to lift the creative industry and make the country a tourism hub.While reeling out his agenda to build on the gains of the past four years, he said plans were on to create the necessary legal framework for the sector. The Guardian gathered that there was an attempt at reviewing the culture policy in 2008, some 21 years after it was formulated, but the exercise came rather late. According to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultu...
PDP, Atiku Should Apologise To Nigerians, Instead Of Appealing – Lai Mohammed
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PDP, Atiku Should Apologise To Nigerians, Instead Of Appealing – Lai Mohammed

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has asked the PDP and its presidential candidate in the last elections to apologise to Nigerians for “willfully distracting” the Buhari Administration with an election petition. Mr Lai Mohammed said instead of appealing the ruling of Wednesday’s Presidential Election Petition Tribunal, the opposition party should be apologizing to Nigerians for trying to distract the present government. In a statement issued in St Petersburg, Russian Federation, on Thursday, the Minister said while the PDP and its candidate reserve the right to pursue their petition to the highest level, they will be better served by dropping their toga of desperation and realizing that there is a limit to tomfoolery. ”Nigerians are tired of this o...
Xenophobia: FG Faults Fake Videos In Circulation, Warns Against Reprisal Attacks
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Xenophobia: FG Faults Fake Videos In Circulation, Warns Against Reprisal Attacks

The Federal Government on Thursday alerted Nigerians to some wrong videos in circulation purportedly depicting the plights of some Nigerians who are said to be victims of xenophobic attacks in South Africa. It cited three of such videos which it said are footage of different incidents which do not involve Nigerians . The Minister of Information and Culture , Alhaji Lai Mohammed , said this at a press conference in Abuja. Mohammed urged those circulating the wrong videos to desist from such since such acts were capable of causing more havoc . He also urged opinion leaders and celebrities to watch their words . He also urged Nigerians who he said were justifiably angry to stop carrying out reprisal attacks . The minister also assured all Nigerians and foreigners that th...
Breaking News: Buhari Approves License Of Online Radio, TV Stations
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Breaking News: Buhari Approves License Of Online Radio, TV Stations

According to The Nation, President Muhammadu Buhari has approved wide ranging reforms in the broadcasting industry, including the licensing of online radio and television stations According to a statement by Mr. Segun Adeyemi, Media aide to the Minister of Information and Culture, the initiative is to bring sanity to the industry. The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the statement said disclosed it in Abuja on Friday when he received members of the Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON) on a courtesy visit, was responding to a request made by BON for the review of the Broadcasting Code. “I just want to use this opportunity to inform you that Mr. President has actually already approved a review of the Broadcast Code that is going to take care of many o...
N2.5bn DSO Project: Lai Mohammed Fails To Appear In Court
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N2.5bn DSO Project: Lai Mohammed Fails To Appear In Court

A former Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, on Wednesday, failed to appear before Justice Folashade Giwa of the Federal High Court Abuja, to explain his role in the alleged approval of N2.5billion to Pinnacle Communications Ltd. The money was for the purpose of the Federal Government Digital Switch Over (DSO) project. The sitting was in continuation of the trial of the Director-General of National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), Ishaq Modibbo, Pinnacle Communications Ltd and two others. Mohammed was listed by the ICPC prosecution counsel, Henry Emore, as additional witness to give testimony on the approval of payment of N2.5 billion to Pinnacle. However, after calling two witnesses, the prosecution counsel informed the court that the immediate past Information Minister ...
Buhari’s Aide Attacks Atiku Over Call for Lai Mohammed’s Arrest
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Buhari’s Aide Attacks Atiku Over Call for Lai Mohammed’s Arrest

President Muhammadu Buhari’s aide on Social Media matters, Lauretta Onochie, has said that the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed was not a woman, and cannot be threatened nor bullied by the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar. Atiku had on Thursday called for the arrest of Mohammed. He had also raised the alarm on alleged plans by those he described as unscrupulous and anti-democratic elements to contrive skirmishes in the coming weeks aimed at smearing his personality. Atiku’s senior aide, Paul Ibe had said that it was unsettling that senior administration officials, would make calculated comments to tarnish the image of the former vice president and with no action from...
Security Allegations: Apologize To Nigerians, PDP Tells Lai Mohammed
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Security Allegations: Apologize To Nigerians, PDP Tells Lai Mohammed

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has charged the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, to apologize to Nigerians for his misleading statements and allegations against the PDP and its Presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar. The PDP stated this in a press statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan. The PDP said the allegations were not only misleading the nation but also heating up the polity as they were unfounded. The party said that with the assurances on Monday, that the nation was safe for the Presidential inauguration, Mohammed had further exposed the fact that he, acting for the Federal Government, only conjured claims to create the impression that the PDP and Atiku Abubakar had set security breaches against the Presidential ina...
May 29 And June 12 Declared As Public Holidays
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May 29 And June 12 Declared As Public Holidays

The minister of information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed has just finished addressing a press conference that was broadcast live by the NTA, Radio Nigeria and Voice of Nigeria. He said: 1) President Buhari will be sworn in on May 29th. 2) The inauguration will be a low key event. 3) All the foreign dignitaries that would have been invited to attend the inauguration will be invited to attend an event on June 12 (Democracy Day). 4) Both May 29 and June 12 are public holidays.  
Buhari’s Swearing In To Be Low Key, Moves ‘Major’ Events To June 12
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Buhari’s Swearing In To Be Low Key, Moves ‘Major’ Events To June 12

President Muhammadu Buhari’s inauguration for a second term on May 29, will be a low-key affair, as a number of the events slated for the inauguration will now be held during the first observance of June 12 as the National Democracy Day, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has announced. Lai told State House reporters that the decision to have a low-key inauguration for the President was taken at the meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) on Wednesday, 8 May 2019. He said, however, that invitations have been sent to all world leaders to attend the ceremonies marking the observance of the Democracy Day on June 12. ”Since the first observance of June 12 as Democracy Day falls into an election year, and as a measure to sustain June 12 as Democracy Day,...
What We’re Doing About Chibok Girls’ Release – FG
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What We’re Doing About Chibok Girls’ Release – FG

The Federal Government has assured the international community that it is working with its Swiss partners and others, on daily basis, to track and secure the release of remaining abducted Chibok girls still in captivity. The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed disclosed this at a briefing at the Department of African Studies, Georgetown University, Washington DC. The minister, who engaged members and students of the department on the development in the country, said that government had never for one day forgotten or closed the case of the abducted girls. “Few days ago was the fifth anniversary of the abducted girls and that means they were kidnapped more than a year before President Muhammadu Buhari adminis...
N2.5bn Scam Puts FG On Edge As Minister Cancels Gotv Licence
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N2.5bn Scam Puts FG On Edge As Minister Cancels Gotv Licence

The N2.5 billion scandal rocking the seat of power recently took a turn for the worse as the power play involved has now put the presidency on edge as it is taking stock of what went wrong in President Muhammadu Buhari’s first tenure. Now, that scandal which involves the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) appears to have pitched the parastatal’s Director-General, Modibbo Ishaq Kawu, and his backers in the presidency against the Information Minister, Alhaji Lai Mohammed. The relationship between the minister and Modibbo Ishaq Kawu soured considerably when the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC) investigated the N2.5 billion scandal. After months of dilly-dallying, the ICPC swung into action last month and attempted to arraign the man b...
Why We Engage Foreign Lobbyists, Media Consultants – FG
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Why We Engage Foreign Lobbyists, Media Consultants – FG

The federal government on Thursday defended its use of foreign media, public relations firms and paid for lobby consultancy. The Minister of Information and Culture Alhaji Lai Mohammed said apart from using them to campaign federal government’s policies and programmes, they are also used to correct misconceptions and misinformation. He spoke before the House Committee on Information, National Orientation, Ethics and values, headed by Hon. Olusegun Odebunmi (APC OYO). According to him: “The world has become a global village and what happens in Nigeria today reverberates all over the world and we in the administration we face a lot of challenges, especially from the comments of the foreign media, from the sometimes hostile positions of foreign governments, even foreign parliamen...
Buhari, Not Saraki Made Me Minister – Lai Mohammed
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Buhari, Not Saraki Made Me Minister – Lai Mohammed

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed has debunked a statement by Doyin Okupe, crediting Senate President Bukola Saraki with his appointment in 2015, We learnt. The Minister’s Office described Okupe’s statement as a bold-face lie. Okupe is the Special Adviser (Media) to the Director General of the PDP Presidential Campaign Council. “The entire statement by Dr. Okupe is nothing but fiction writing, for which he deserves a hall of infamy award (in the fiction writing segment). Not one of the claims he made in his statement is true”, said Segun Adeyemi, special media adviser to the minister. “For the record, Alhaji Lai Mohammed owes his appointment as Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to President Muhammadu Buhari and no one else. It is therefore ...
Insurgency: FG Wants Tucano Fighter Jets Delivered Earlier
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Insurgency: FG Wants Tucano Fighter Jets Delivered Earlier

The Federal Government says it is yet to take delivery of any of the 12 A-29 Super Tucano Attack Aircraft, being manufactured by an American aerospace contractor, Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC). The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed disclosed this in Abuja on Thursday at the launch of the National Campaign in Support of the Military. We reports the Federal Government in February, 2018 placed an order for the 12 Super Tucano aircraft at a cost of $496 million. Responding to questions from newsmen at the launch, Mohammed said earlier delivery of the aircraft would boost the war against insurgency, which had metamorphosed from a rash-tag home grown Boko Haram group to a world teste terrorist network. Mohammed, who solicited the support and prayers of al...
Look Forward to Greater Prosperity On my Return
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Look Forward to Greater Prosperity On my Return

President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday told Nigerians to look forward to greater prosperity and impactful leadership upon his reelection and return to power in the forthcoming elections. The president gave the assurance in Abuja at an event tagged, “Testimonies of Change, ” designed to showcase the achievements of the administration, The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports. The event organised by the Ministry of Information and Culture witnessed personal testimonies by beneficiaries of government programmes. The president, who was represented by the Minister of Budget and National Planning, Udo Udoma, said the people would achieve a Nigeria of their dreams under the Buhari administration. He said from the personal accounts of testifiers at the event, it was obvious that the admi...
Buhari’s Achievements Have Rattled Atiku, PDP – Lai Mohammed
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Buhari’s Achievements Have Rattled Atiku, PDP – Lai Mohammed

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said the massive achievements of the Buhari Administration have rattled the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar. Reacting to the statement from Abubakar’s media aide, over the widely-circulated testimony series of the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture to showcase the Administration’s achievements, the Minister said the action of the PDP candidate amounts to an acknowledgement of the Administration’s impressive achievements. He dismissed as ‘acute paranoia’ the allegation by the former Vice President that the APC-led federal government is using state resources for electioneering campaign. Alhaji Mohammed however said, in a statement issued in Ilorin on Friday...
Offa robbery: Lai Mohammed Attacks Saraki Again, Threatens To Expose Him
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Offa robbery: Lai Mohammed Attacks Saraki Again, Threatens To Expose Him

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, says the claim by the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, that he donated N10 million to victims of the April 5 robbery in Offa “is patently false’’. Mohammed also declared that he had details of what actually transpired. In a statement issued on Monday in Lagos, the minister admonished the Senate President “to stop dancing on the graves of the innocent souls” who died in the bloody robbery attack in Offa. The statement signed by Mr Segun Adeyemi, the Special Adviser to the Minister, said: “He did not! The N10 million he referred to was donated when the Offa market got burnt and it was made in Ilorin, not Offa. “When Dr Saraki visited Offa to commiserate with the community in the aftermath of the robbery, he did ...
FG promises to Eradicate Criminals in Communities Before 2019 Elections
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FG promises to Eradicate Criminals in Communities Before 2019 Elections

The Federal Government has said that it is poised to eradicate all criminals in communities in all the nation’s six geo-political zones before the 2019 general elections. The targeted groups include political thugs, arsonists and armed robbers towards ensuring a violent free transition next year, Guardian reports. Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, who stated this yesterday during the commissioning of the Ultra Modern Mobile Police Barracks solely built by Offa community and donated to the Nigeria Police in Offa, Offa Local Council of Kwara State, said the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, had been briefed on the need to free the communities from the vices of such violent groups of persons. He said Kwara State and some other states deserved special...
How Buhari Will Roundly Defeat Atiku In 2019 – Lai Mohammed
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How Buhari Will Roundly Defeat Atiku In 2019 – Lai Mohammed

Nigeria's minister for Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed has said that President Muhammadu Buhari will roundly defeat the Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic party, PDP, Atiku Abubakar in the 2019 general Elections. PoliticsNGR learned that the minister made this comment on Monday while briefing newsmen on current developments in the nation. He also reacted to the recent rejection of the Electoral Amendment bill by President Buhari, advising Nigerians to accept the reasons the President gave for his decision. He further stated that despite the support of Ex-President, Olusegun Obasanjo, Atiku would be 'roundly and comprehensively' defeated. He said; “With due respect to Obasanjo, it is his fundamental right to support any candidate of his choice and we hereby encou...
2019 Is Near, Focus On Defeating Atiku, While I Focus On Supporting Him – Obasanjo
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2019 Is Near, Focus On Defeating Atiku, While I Focus On Supporting Him – Obasanjo

Former Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo has replied the federal goverment over the statement made by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed who spoke on behalf of the government on Monday in Abuja which he said the Ex president Obasanjo’s candidate for the presidential election under the people's democratic party PDP , Atiku Abubakar “will be defeated roundly and comprehensively’’. Obasanjo who replied by saying, all Nigerians want for the federal government to do is to sign the electorial bill, all Nigerians wants is free, fair election but it seems the APC government are not ready to be honest with the peolpe. Nigeria will be restored again and the only person who can do that is Atiku, why is it that INEC is not bothered about the electorial bill'? som...
Nigerian Man Writes Application Letter For Post Of Prisoner To Presidency
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Nigerian Man Writes Application Letter For Post Of Prisoner To Presidency

The claim by the Nigerian Minister for Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed that the Nigerian Government spends N3.5 million per month to feed the detained leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) also known as Shiites has continued to generate reactions among Nigerians. For some people, being a prisoner in the custody of the Nigerian Federal Government might be the new cool because free people were till struggling to be paid only N30,000 per month contrary to N3.5m used to feed a prisoner who has been granted his freedom three times by the court. Consequently, this young man wrote a passionate letter of application to President Buhari applying for the seemingly juicy position of Prisoner of the Federal Republic. Read the Contents of the Letter Below; #1000 Ali Akilu Roa...
We Spend N3.5 Million To Feed El-Zakzaky Monthly – Lai Mohammed
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We Spend N3.5 Million To Feed El-Zakzaky Monthly – Lai Mohammed

Nigeria's minister of information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed has revealed how much the Nigerian government spends monthly to feed the detained leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), Shiekh Ibrahim Elzakzaky. During a press conference recently, Mohammed said that the FG spends N3.5million every month in feeding the El-Zakzaky. He added that the Shiites were a "different kettle of fish" when it comes to dealing with them. Watch the video of reactions
Looters’ List Not A Violation Of Named Persons’ Rights – Court
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Looters’ List Not A Violation Of Named Persons’ Rights – Court

The High Court of the Federal Capital Territory in Apo , Abuja, ruled on Tuesday, that the Federal Government ’s alleged looters ’ list released earlier in the year does not constitute a violation of the rights to presumption of innocence of those named . Delivering judgment in a suit filed by the proprietor of the African Independent Television and Ray Power Radio , Chief Raymond Dokpesi , seeking the court ’s declaration of the looters ’ list as void , Justice Olukayode Adeniyi , held that the suit lacked merit. The court ruled that the disclosure of the alleged looters ’ list by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed on behalf of the Federal Government earlier in March does not carry any force of law as the minister is neither the judge or the prosecutor ...
FG Sends Delegation To Visit Leah Sharibu’s Mother, Assures Her Of Her Release
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FG Sends Delegation To Visit Leah Sharibu’s Mother, Assures Her Of Her Release

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has assured the families of kidnapped Dapchi schoolgirl Leah Sharibu and two abducted aid workers that the Federal Government will leave no stone unturned to secure their release. The Minister gave the assurance on Friday when he led a three-member Federal Government delegation to Maiduguri in Borno State and Dapchi in Yobe State. In Dapchi, the delegation, which also includes Hajiya Aisha Abubakar, the Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investment, who also oversees Women Affairs, and the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Hajiya Khadija Abba Bukar Ibrahim, met with Mrs Rebecca Sharibu, Mother of Leah, as well as other members of their family at an emotion-laden ceremony. Alhaji Mohammed said Presiden...
FG Releases List Of 69 Ongoing Projects In South-East (Full List)
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FG Releases List Of 69 Ongoing Projects In South-East (Full List)

The Federal Government has released the list of the 69 ongoing road and bridge projects in the South-east (please see attached list). In a statement in Abuja on Monday, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said though the contracts for many of the roads were awarded before the advent of this Administration, they were either poorly funded or not funded at all, hence work on the roads has lingered. The Minister said the 69 roads and bridges, which are spread across the five states in the South-east, are now in different stages of completion, thanks to the funding sourced by the present Administration from budgetary allocations, the Sukuk Bond and the Presidential Infrastructure Development Fund. He said the government is also looking into the possibility...
Fake News Is Breeding Another Civil War – Lai Mohammed
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Fake News Is Breeding Another Civil War – Lai Mohammed

Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has today said the nation could not afford another civil war. This he said while warning Nigerians against the spread of fake news, at a two-day conference in Abuja, organised by Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD), with “Democracy and Disinformation” as theme. According to him, fake news is the greatest threat facing democracy and security in Nigeria. He said the civil war started as a result of fake news and Nigeria cannot afford that anymore. “The government has been doing its best in educating the public on the dangers of fake news through various avenues. “The ongoing infrastructure projects across the country like the agriculture empowerment programs, are part of government deliberate effort to stimulate ...

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