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It’s Unfair to say Twitter ban was Because Buhari’s tweet was Deleted – Lai Mohammed
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It’s Unfair to say Twitter ban was Because Buhari’s tweet was Deleted – Lai Mohammed

Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed has said that it is unfair to say that the decision to ban Twitter's operation in the country was because President Muhammadu Buhari's tweet was deleted. The Minister who appeared on an NTA programme on Friday June 11, said the decision was taken over the promotion of views that could cause division in the country by the social media platform. Mohammed also insisted that other social media platforms operating in Nigeria will have to first register with the Corporate Affairs Commission and then apply for licensing with the NBC. He said;   “People have tried to say Twitter was suspended because they deleted the president’s message. I think that is very unfair. We were very clear in what we said. We were very unambiguous ...
PDP asks members of international community to impose travel ban on Buhari, Lai Mohammed, Malami and their family members over Twitter ban
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PDP asks members of international community to impose travel ban on Buhari, Lai Mohammed, Malami and their family members over Twitter ban

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have asked the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Saudi Arabia, and other members of the International Communities to impose a travel ban on President Muhammadu Buhari, the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami and members of their family. The opposition party which predicates its demand on the “violation of UN international Charter on Human Rights by President Muhammadu Buhari by banning the use of Twitter in Nigeria", accused the Buhari-led administration of ‘stifling free speech in Nigeria.’ In a statement signed by the party’s spokesperson Kola Ologbondiyan, PDP averred that President Buhari, Lai Mohammed, and Abubakar Malami and their agents cannot continue to en...
Twitter has Reached Out to us for Negotiation- Lai Mohammed
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Twitter has Reached Out to us for Negotiation- Lai Mohammed

The Federal government today June 9, said the management of micro-blogging site, Twitter, has reached out to the Federal government to negotiate following the suspension of its operations in Nigeria. The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, made the allegation while speaking to state house correspondents after the Federal Executive Council (FEC), held at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. He alleged that Twitter and other social media service providers, also known as over-the-top (OTT) media service providers, have been cheating Nigeria by way of not paying their due taxes. According to Lai Mohammed, the federal government has come to the resolution that all OTT service providers that wish to continue operating in Nigeria must be registered as Nigerian companies. He al...
House of Reps probe legality of FG’s Twitter ban, summon Lai Mohammed
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House of Reps probe legality of FG’s Twitter ban, summon Lai Mohammed

The House of Representatives has said it will, within 10 days, investigate the factors responsible for the Federal Government’s decision to ban Twitter in Nigeria and the laws upon which the action was based. The Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, in his opening address at the plenary on Tuesday, noted that the micro-blogging platform had become a huge communication tool and platform for enterprise especially for the teeming youth in the country.Gbajabiamila also noted that the lawmakers had been inundated with protests and demands for intervention by the parliament. The Speaker, however, noted that the House also needs to hear from the government, especially the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, who issued the directive suspending the social media app in the country. Gb...
Attacks on Infrastructure is an act of Terror – Lai Mohammed
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Attacks on Infrastructure is an act of Terror – Lai Mohammed

Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed has said that the destruction of public infrastructure and facilities is also an act of terrorism. Speaking during a town hall meeting on the protection of public infrastructure organised by the Ministry of Information and Culture in Abuja on Monday June 7, Mohammed said unpatriotic citizens are preventing Nigerians from benefitting from the Buhari-led administration's investment in certain projects and services through wanton destruction of critical infrastructure. Read his full speech below...... SPEECH BY THE HONOURABLE MINISTER OF INFORMATION AND CULTURE,  LAI MOHAMMED, AT THE TOWN HALL MEETING ON PROTECTION OF PUBLIC INFRASTRUCTURE IN ABUJA ON MONDAY, 7 JUNE 2021 PROTOCOL I welcome all our distinguished invitees to thi...
Twitter Ban: Bishop Oyedepo Tells Nigerians What To Do
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Twitter Ban: Bishop Oyedepo Tells Nigerians What To Do

Bishop David Oyedepo of the Living Faith Church has ignored the Twitter ban, taking to the microblogging platform to admonish Nigerians on the current situation in the country. Naija News earlier reported that the Buhari-led government directed telecom operators in Nigeria to deactivate Twitter by midnight on Friday. This comes after the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, on Friday, in a statement released by his media aide, Segun Adeyemi, announced the suspension of Twitter’s operations in Nigeria indefinitely. Mohammed also directed the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to immediately commence licensing all OTT and social media operations in the country. Despite the ban, the bishop, in a tweet a few hours ago, told Nigerians, that their knowledge is inadequ...
Atiku Reacts To Twitter Ban In Nigeria
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Atiku Reacts To Twitter Ban In Nigeria

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has reacted to the decision of the federal government to ban the operations of Twitter in Nigeria. Naija News reports that the Federal Government on Friday suspended indefinitely, the operations of the microblogging and social networking service in Nigeria. Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, announced the suspension in a statement signed by his media aide Segun Adeyemi. The minister cited the persistent use of the platform for activities that are capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence. He also directed the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to immediately commence the process of licensing all OTT and social media operations in Nigeria. This platform understands that this development is coming afte...
Breaking: FG Suspends Twitter’s Operations in Nigeria
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Breaking: FG Suspends Twitter’s Operations in Nigeria

The Federal government has announced the indefinite suspension of Twitter's operations in Nigeria. Below is a statement released from the office of the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, announcing the suspension; ''The Federal Government has suspended, indefinitely, the operations of the microblogging and social networking service, Twitter, in Nigeria. The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, announced the suspension in a statement issued in Abuja on Friday, citing the persistent use of the platform for activities that are capable of undermining Nigeria's corporate existence. The Minister said the Federal Government has also directed the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to immediately commence the process of licensing all OTT and ...
”Many are mad, few are roaming”- Apostle Suleman tackles Lai Mohammed for holding press conference after Twitter deleted President Buhari’s tweet
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”Many are mad, few are roaming”- Apostle Suleman tackles Lai Mohammed for holding press conference after Twitter deleted President Buhari’s tweet

Apostle Suleman took to his Twitter handle this afternoon to tackle the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, who at a press conference on Wednesday, June 2, tackled Twitter for deleting President Buhari's tweet in which he made a reference to the civil war. Reacting via his Twitter handle, Apostle Suleman wrote; ''School children were kidnapped,no federal press conference addressed it. People are killed daily,no word of stern threat to the bandits. A tweet was deleted and you had a press conference?. Define joblessness!! Many are mad,few are roaming.''
We know Where Kidnappers are. We are Only being Careful- Lai Mohammed
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We know Where Kidnappers are. We are Only being Careful- Lai Mohammed

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has said the Federal government is not clueless as to finding a lasting solution to handle the alarming rate of insecurity in many parts of the country. In a statement released, Lai Mohammed who had a press conference in Lagos on Friday, May 11, said the Federal government knows where different kidnappers with their victims but they are only being careful on how to attack them so as not to put the victims in harm's way. “It is no longer news that our dear nation is facing security challenges. However, I have read comments saying the Federal Government is overwhelmed and doesn’t have a clue as to how to tackle the challenges. Some have even gone as far as suggesting a truncation of the democratic order, a clearly treasonable sta...
SSS Arrests Usman Bugaje For Criticising Buhari’s Handling Of Insecurity
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SSS Arrests Usman Bugaje For Criticising Buhari’s Handling Of Insecurity

The State Security Service has held Usman Bugaje for criticising the Buhari administration’s handling of insecurity across the country. Mr Bugaje, a politician and scholar, was held by state agents after appearing on AIT, Peoples Gazette learnt. He has been at the secret police’s custody since 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, sources said. Mr Bugaje added his voice to growing concerns amongst Nigerians about insecurity. The politician had previously condemned Mr Buhari’s failure to tackle the economy, as well as his sectional appointments. It was not immediately clear whether the SSS would release Mr Bugaje today. A spokesman for the service did not immediately return a request seeking comments from The Gazette. Mr Bugaje’s arrest came barely a few weeks after the SSS invited then ...
I Would Have Resigned If I Was In Pantami’s Situation – Wike
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I Would Have Resigned If I Was In Pantami’s Situation – Wike

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has faulted the continued stay of the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami, as a member of the Federal Executive Council (FEC). He believes it is unreasonable for the government to allow anyone in a situation such as that of the embattled minister to remain in office. The governor made the remarks on Wednesday via his Twitter handle while reacting to the comments said to have been made by Pantami in the past in support of extremist groups. Although the minister has renounced the comments, saying he was a changed person, Governor Wike insisted that it was wrong to allow Pantami to continue with his duties as a minister. According to him, the minister ought to have relinquished his duties but the situation has worsen...
Professors May Work In Togo Bakeries If Nigeria Breaks – Lai Mohammed To Elites
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Professors May Work In Togo Bakeries If Nigeria Breaks – Lai Mohammed To Elites

Lai Mohammed, minister of information and culture, says it is in the best interest of Nigerian elites for the country to remain united. Mohammed stated this on Wednesday when he featured on a NAN flagship interview programme, NAN Forum. The minister accused elites of fanning the embers of disintegration in the country, and warned that they will bear the greater consequences if Nigeria breaks up. According to him, some elites who have attained professorial status may be left with no option than to work in bakeries in neighbouring Togo just to survive. “Our challenge is more with the elites, not with the common people. Go to the remotest part of Nigeria today, you will see Nigerians from different tribes, culture and religion living together peacefully,” he said. “Elites o...
We Did Not Discuss Pantami’s Issue At FEC – Lai Mohammed
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We Did Not Discuss Pantami’s Issue At FEC – Lai Mohammed

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has kept mute over the scandal rocking the Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami. The minister has been under pressure to step down over allegations that he endorsed Taliban and Al-Qaeda extremist sects in the past. The angry reactions to the utterances made the minister to own up, blaming immaturity and limited knowledge for his views back then. The debate over the issue and the calls for Dr Pantami’s resignation have already taken regional and religious slants. Pantami attended Wednesday’s Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari. The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, who briefed State House correspondents on the outcome of the council meeting, said t...
Secessionists Will Be First To Run Away When Problem Starts – Lai Mohammed
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Secessionists Will Be First To Run Away When Problem Starts – Lai Mohammed

Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information and Culture, on Sunday said that secessionists will be the first to run away when any problem starts. The minister assured the Federal Government was working hard to improve national security and prevent all secession tendencies. Mohammed, who spoke on Sunday in Lagos when he appeared on Bond FM radio programme, “Ibi Abasede”, urged Nigerians not to listen to promoters of secession. “Those who support separation and secession will be the first to run away when any problem starts. “We should not listen to them as many of them have about four passports of other countries,” Mohammed said. Speaking specifically on issues around security, Mohammed said that Federal Government’s efforts in that respect necessitated the Town Hall...
Over 1 Million Jobs Will Be Provided From Digital Switch-Over – FG
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Over 1 Million Jobs Will Be Provided From Digital Switch-Over – FG

The Federal Government announced, on Saturday, that it will commence the Digital Switch-Over (DSO) in Lagos, on April 29, as the country gradually transitions from analogue to digital broadcasting. It also said over one million jobs are expected to be provided from the scheme. The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, disclosed this when he led the Ministerial Taskforce of the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture on Digital Switch Over (DSO) on a courtesy visit to Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu at the Lagos House, Marina. Mr Mohammed said that the decision to transit to digital television followed an agreement signed at the Regional Radio Communication Conference (RRC-06) in Geneva, Switzerland, on June 16, 2006, to usher in ‘all-digital’ terrestr...
“We Lost Twitter Headquarters To Ghana Due To EndSARS Protest” – Lai Mohammed
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“We Lost Twitter Headquarters To Ghana Due To EndSARS Protest” – Lai Mohammed

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alh Lai Mohammed has reacted to the choice of Ghana as the location for Twitter new African office over Nigeria and other countries. The Minister, while responding to question from Vanguard, said the decision by the US-based social media company to locate its African headquarters in Accra, Ghana was not a commercial and business one. But he was quick to condemn the unpatriotic attitude of some Nigerians, especially the media who he said have always struggle to outdo one another in painting Nigeria as a hail where no one can live. Mohammed argued that the natural expectation is that Nigeria should have been the hub of Twitter business in this part of Africa, given that fact that it has about 25m twitter users against 8m in Ghana. “The...
Brands Running Adverts On CNN, Others To Pay ₦100,000 Fine – Lai Mohammed
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Brands Running Adverts On CNN, Others To Pay ₦100,000 Fine – Lai Mohammed

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, says Nigerian brands like Guinness which run adverts during foreign matches must compulsorily advertise during Nigerian Premier Football League games. The minister further stated that brands that create their adverts abroad but broadcast them on CNN and other international stations broadcasting in Nigeria will pay a fine of N100,000 each time such adverts are run. Mohammed said this was one of the rules included in the Broadcasting Code which has been rejected by many in the industry. The minister said on NTA’s ‘Good Morning Nigeria’ programme on Monday that this was the only way to help the local league thrive. He said, “Let’s assume you have brought in La Liga, and during the matches, Guinness is advertised, we will c...
You’re A Joker Seeking Attention – Lai Mohammed Tackles Asari Dokubo Over Biafra
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You’re A Joker Seeking Attention – Lai Mohammed Tackles Asari Dokubo Over Biafra

The Federal Government has dismissed the purported formation of another version of the Biafra agitation by an ex-militant leader, Mujahid Asari Dokubo, describing the move as a “theatre of the absurd by a joker seeking attention’’. Recall that at the weekend, Mr Dokubo had birthed Biafra defacto Customary Government, BCG, announcing himself as the leader of the new version of the Biafra agitation. In a statement by the spokesperson of the customary government Uche Mefor, Mr Dokubo had attributed the injustice and marginalisation on the Igbos found in various zones of the country as the reason for aspiring for a “better life for his people”. Reacting, the minister, while speaking with News Agency of Nigeria on the development in Lagos on Monday, said the President Muhammadu Bu...
28 Police Officer Killed In Three Months, Police Plan Measures To Curb Attacks
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28 Police Officer Killed In Three Months, Police Plan Measures To Curb Attacks

No fewer than 28 cops have been killed in three months, The Nation’s checks have revealed. They were either shot by gunmen, hacked to death or set ablaze by hoodlums who attacked police stations. These are different from those lost to the ENDSARS violence. According to Minister of Information and Culture Lai Mohammed, six soldiers, 37 policemen and 57 civilians were murdered during the ENDSARS violence. The minister added that 269 private and public properties were razed. The police said they would do everything legally permissible to curb the attacks on its men and facilities. Police spokesman Frank Mba, a Commissioner (CP), said this would include the use of force. On February 23, AK47 and machetes carrying hoodlums numbering about 200 invaded Abayi Police Station at Osisiom...
Insecurity: Buhari Rules Out Amnesty For Bandits, Insurgents
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Insecurity: Buhari Rules Out Amnesty For Bandits, Insurgents

A meeting of the Governors of the 19 Northern States, the Senate President, Ahmed Lawan, Chief of Staff to the President, Prof . Ibrahim Gambari, the Inspector -General of Police , Mohammed Adamu , Director General of the Department of State Service , Yusuf Bichi , as well as the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, held in Kaduna on Thursday . The Sultan of Sokoto , Alhaji Saad Abubakar III led traditional rulers from all parts of the north to the meeting which held at the Sir Kashim Ibrahim Government House . Other attendees at the high powered meeting were northern lawmakers from both chambers of the National Assembly represented by the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Alhaji Ahmad Idris Wase , who stood in for the Senate President , Ahmad Lawan , ...
Nothing Wrong In Dialoguing With Bandits – FG
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Nothing Wrong In Dialoguing With Bandits – FG

The federal government has maintained that there is nothing wrong in dialoguing with bandits. Last Wednesday, gunmen suspected to be bandits stormed the Government Science College (GSC) Kagara, Rafi LGA of Niger state, and kidnapped several students, members of staff, and some members of their families. Abubakar Bello, governor of Niger, had noted that his government is doing everything to rescue the victims, including facilitating negotiations with the bandits. While speaking during a radio programme monitored by NAN on Sunday, Lai Mohammed, minister of information and culture, responded to Nigerians who had spoken against the strategy of dialoguing with criminals. Lai stated that nothing is wrong in dialoguing with bandits, as long as the ultimate objective is to make pea...
Kagara Abduction: Lai Mohammed Denies The Payment Of N800m To Bandits
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Kagara Abduction: Lai Mohammed Denies The Payment Of N800m To Bandits

Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, on Saturday, said the Federal Government won’t pay ransom to secure the release of the abducted students and members of staff of Government Science College, Kagara. He stated this today while featuring on Channels Television’s ‘Sunrise Daily’ monitored by The PUNCH. There have been unconfirmed reports circulating on social media that the government had paid a huge amount of money to secure the release of the Kagara abductees. But when asked on Saturday whether the government had paid ransom or was considering the payment of ransom, the minister said, “No.” Mohammed added, “We employ kinetic and non-kinetic (measures), you don’t throwaway invitation to engage but the overall strategy you keep to your chest.” The minister ...
Lai Mohammed Will Be Exposed, Whatever He Says Is Considered A Lie – APC Spokesman, Nabena
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Lai Mohammed Will Be Exposed, Whatever He Says Is Considered A Lie – APC Spokesman, Nabena

The Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress, Yekini Nabena, has said the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, is the biggest problem of the government of President Muhammadu Buhari. Mohammed had also said he would not dignify Nabena with a response over his comment on the APC registration and revalidation in Kwara State. The minister, who hails from Kwara, had demanded the immediate cancellation of the ongoing membership registration and validation in Kwara for non-compliance with the guidelines and regulations laid down by the party. The APC deputy spokesman had, however, berated the minister over the demand and advised him to submit to the leadership of Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq to allow peace to reign in the state APC. In ...
Kagara Students’ Abduction: FG Delegation, IGP Adamu, Others In Niger State
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Kagara Students’ Abduction: FG Delegation, IGP Adamu, Others In Niger State

A Federal Government delegation including National Security Adviser (NSA) Mohammed Babagana Monguno and the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Mohammed Adamu are currently in Minna, Niger State capital. Also part of the delegation is the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed; Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola; and the Minister of Police Affairs, Muhammad Maigari Dingyadi. The delegation is in Niger State as efforts to rescue the abducted students of the Government Science College, Kagara, Niger State, intensify. President Muhammadu Buhari has also dispatched to Minna, Niger State a delegation team of security chiefs to coordinate the rescue operation and meet with state officials, community leaders, as well as parents and staff of the College. Some gunmen had...
Lai Mohammed Used FG’s Handle To Tweet On APC Crisis, Got Blasted
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Lai Mohammed Used FG’s Handle To Tweet On APC Crisis, Got Blasted

Some Nigerians on social media have berated the Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, for using the verified Twitter handle of the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture to discuss the controversies surrounding the ongoing membership registration of the All Progressives Congress. The minister had used the official Twitter handle of the federal ministry to state his position on the party’s registration on Monday. In a thread, the minister demanded that the party’s registration should be cancelled in Kwara State, where he hails from. The PUNCH had reported that there is a leadership crisis in Kwara APC, with Lai Mohammad leading one of the factions against the governor, Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq. Reacting to the tweet, some Nigerians accused Lai Mohammed of ridiculing the ...
Lai Mohammed Wants To Turn Kwara Governor To His Personal Assistant – Nabena
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Lai Mohammed Wants To Turn Kwara Governor To His Personal Assistant – Nabena

Yekini Nabena, Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), on Wednesday said Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Minister of Information and Culture has added no value to President Muhammadu Buhari’s cabinet since his appointment as Minister almost six years ago. Nabena, who was reacting to the statement in which he (Lai Mohammed ) labelled him an impostor, challenged the Minister to list his achievements in office since he was appointed in 2015. According to him, the Minister was angry because attempts by him to turn Kwara State Governor, Abdulrahman Abdulrazak, to his Personal Assistant failed. “If being the Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the APC is his problem, then I will respond to him as Yekini Nabena. Let him respond to the questions I raised fi...
Submit To Your Governor, It Is Not Business As Usual – APC To Lai Mohammed
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Submit To Your Governor, It Is Not Business As Usual – APC To Lai Mohammed

The deputy national publicity secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Yekini Nabena, has berated the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, over his demand for the cancellation of the ongoing membership registration and validation exercise in Kwara State. Mr Nabena advised the minister to put himself in the position of the governor and submit to his leadership of the party in Kwara. Mr Mohammed had at a press conference on Monday in his hometown, Oro, said the committee supervising the exercise in the state should also be disbanded. He accused the committee led by a senator, John Danboi, of condoning irregularities, saying it has taken the side of Governor AbdulRazaq in the crisis that has broken the party into four factions in the state. The factions,...
Again, Lai Mohammed Berates CNN Over Lekki Toll Gate Shootings
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Again, Lai Mohammed Berates CNN Over Lekki Toll Gate Shootings

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has condemned the Cable News Network (CNN) over its coverage of the riot at Capitol Hill on the United States and the Lekki Toll Gate shooting in Lagos. Mohammed told THISDAY in an interview that CNN created division and concocted lies against Nigeria when the federal government insisted on regulating social media. He said when a scenario similar to the Lekki incident occurred in the US on January 6, CNN categorised the US Congress attackers as “insurrectionists” while describing the EndSARS crowd at Lekki on October 22, last year as “peaceful” and “harmless” protesters. The minister said CNN’s objection to the federal government’s attempt to regulate the social media ran against logic given that Twitter and Instagr...
Those Calling for the Prosecution of the Service Chiefs are Unpatriotic- Lai Mohammed
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Those Calling for the Prosecution of the Service Chiefs are Unpatriotic- Lai Mohammed

Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has described Nigerians calling for the probe of the immediate past service chiefs as unpatriotic. Mohammed express his displeasure about the calls by the Nigerians when he spoke during a Radio Nigeria programme, Politics Nationwide, on Tuesday morning February 2. Last week, President Buhari had appointed four new service chiefs and relieved his former Service chiefs, General Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin (Chief of Defence Staff); Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai (Chief of Army Staff); Vice Admiral Ibok Ibas (Chief of Naval Staff); and Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar (Chief of Air Staff). Shortly after the military officers were relieved of their jobs, the Peoples Democratic Party and some other Nigerians called for their probe. Reacting t...
Corruption: Garba Shehu Blames Nigerians For Transparency’s Poor Ranking
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Corruption: Garba Shehu Blames Nigerians For Transparency’s Poor Ranking

The Presidency has blamed Nigerians for the country’s poor ranking on Transparency International’s 2020 Corruption Perception Index in which Nigeria scored 25 out of 100 and was named the second most corrupt nation in West Africa and ranked 149 out of 180 countries. The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said this on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily programme on Monday, barely two days after the Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, discredited Transparency’s report. Responding to a question, Shehu said the report is a reflection of corruption by Nigerians and not by the Buhari administration. He said, “I’ll tell you that this one by TI is not a judgment on Buhari or his administration or its war against corruption, I will tell y...
‘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...
My Orderly Tells Me Happenings In Nigeria – Lai Mohammed
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My Orderly Tells Me Happenings In Nigeria – Lai Mohammed

Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed says apart from body protection, his orderly provides him updates of happenings in the country. He said this on Wednesday in Abuja at a ceremony to decorate his Police Orderly, Lucky Moses. Moses was recently promoted by the Police Service Commission (PSC) from the rank of Inspector to Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Mohammed told NAN that Moses has been with him since he was sworn-in as minister in November 2015. “He exhibits his loyalty in various forms. He is pained when he hears anything bad about me and he tries to defend me”, he said. “Moses is like a sounding board for me and every morning, the first thing I ask him is: What are they saying in town about the government and your minister? “There is no popular Ra...
“At 69, You Vomit Evil From Your Septic Tank-Like Mouth” – Fayose To Lai Mohammed
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“At 69, You Vomit Evil From Your Septic Tank-Like Mouth” – Fayose To Lai Mohammed

Former Ekiti state governor, Ayo Fayose, has slammed the Minister for Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, for saying security in Nigeria is far better than it was before President Buhari assumed office in 2015. Lai Mohammed said this at a press briefing in Abuja on Monday, January 25. Fayose disappointed by Lai Mohammed's comment, took to his Twitter handle to react. He wrote; “As Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed has lost his moral obligation to Nigeria and its people. He is no doubt a Minister of Misinformation. He is not only a Lying Mohammed, he is Evil Mohammed. "At 69 years, it is a shame that he carries evil in his brain and vomit evil words through his septic-tank-like-mouth. It is a regret that at 69, that Evil Mohammed can open his mouth to defend insecuri...
Nigeria’s Security Situation Better Than In 2015 – Lai Mohammed
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Nigeria’s Security Situation Better Than In 2015 – Lai Mohammed

The Federal Government on Monday said although the country was facing security challenges, the current situation is better than what the present regime met at its inception in 2015. The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, said this while answering questions at a press conference in Abuja. He was joined at the briefing by the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola. “I can say without hesitation that, though Nigeria is facing security challenges, the situation is far better than what we met in 2015,” the minister said. He explained that before the inception of the present regime, bombings by Boko Haram members were being witnessed in about 12 states including Abuja. He said the situation has changed for the better. “There is no doubt that we are much bette...
Second Wave: Lai Mohammed Insists No Fresh Lockdown
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Second Wave: Lai Mohammed Insists No Fresh Lockdown

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, on Monday, insisted that the Federal Government has no plan to impose a fresh lockdown on Nigeria as the country battles the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic. Mohammed, who spoke at a conference in Lagos, however, appealed to Nigerians to adhere to all protocols outlined by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19. The minister said, “On the issue of lockdown, I don’t think there is any time when the Federal Government has said it is going to have a second lockdown. However, the Federal Government is very unhappy that Nigerians are not adhering to the basic Covid-19 protocols of wearing face masks, or practicising social distancing, of washing hands, of ensuring that they do gather in large numbers. “If we do not do ...
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...
Lekki Killings: Our Case With CNN Far From Over – Lai Mohammed
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Lekki Killings: Our Case With CNN Far From Over – Lai Mohammed

The federal government on Monday said its case with US-based Cable News Network (CNN), in which it wrote a petition demanding an immediate and exhaustive investigation into its report on the Lekki Tollgate shooting, to determine its authenticity and conformity to basic standards of journalism is far from over. Addressing a press conference in Lagos, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information said though CNN acknowledged receipt of the petition, it is yet to respond on steps to take to prevent future reoccurrence of fake news against Nigeria. The Federal Government had insisted that the military men did not shoot at #EndSARS protesters at the Lekki Tollgate, describing the alleged mass killings as a massacre without bodies. The Minister also warned the International Crimi...
Nobody Can Stop FG From Probing #EndSARS Protesters – Lai Mohammed
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Nobody Can Stop FG From Probing #EndSARS Protesters – Lai Mohammed

The Federal Government says being a member of #EndSARS protest is not an immunity from being investigated or charged for any offence or breach of the laws. The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, stated this on Friday in Lagos at a meeting with editors of newspapers. The minister, who was responding to a question on the alleged arrest of some #EndSARS protesters and sponsors, said nobody is above investigation or prosecution. “Being a member of #EndSARS protest does not grant you immunity if you have committed any crime against the land. The key thing is that you must be treated according to the laws. “Even those whose accounts were frozen, the Central Bank of Nigeria went to court to seek permission to freeze the accounts. I am also aware that some of...
We Won’t Allow Reckless Use Of Social Media – Lai Mohammed
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We Won’t Allow Reckless Use Of Social Media – Lai Mohammed

Minister of Informa­tion and Culture, Alhaji Lai Moham­med has stated that the Nigerian government will not fold its arm and allow the reckless use of social media. Speaking in Lagos on Friday on what transpired during the EndSARS protest and the ensuing, the minister said that the meeting, one of a series was necessary to draw lessons from the fallout of the protest with a view to forestall­ing a recurrence, especially of the mindless violence that fol­lowed the hijack of the peace­ful protest. According to him, social media must not be used as a tool for aggravating fault lines and throwing the country into turmoil While acknowledging the fact that social media had come to stay, the minister em­phasised the need for curbing its excesses, adding that the government will neith...
Lai Mohammed denies announcing N5m hate speech fine
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Lai Mohammed denies announcing N5m hate speech fine

Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed has denied announcing an increment in the fine for hate speech from N500,000 to N5m.   The minister had however made the announcement in August and also explained that the fine was increased to deter people willingly violating the provision to destabilise the country.   However in a counter-affidavit in response to an originating motion filed by human rights lawyer, Inibehe Effiong to challenge the imposition of N5m fine on Nigeria Info 99.3FM, Lagos, and the threat by the National Broadcasting Commission to punish other broadcast stations in the country over alleged hate speech, Lai Mohammed denied making the announcement. An affidavit deposed to by a Litigation Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Information and ...
Our recession will be shortlived- Lai Mohammed
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Our recession will be shortlived- Lai Mohammed

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has said that the Federal government is confident that with the intervention policies, with the fiscal and monetary interventions have been put in place, the current economic recession will be short-lived.   The National Bureau of Statistics, NBS had two days ago said that Nigeria’s economy has slipped into another recession, the second time since 2016.   Speaking during an interview with NTA today November 25, Mohammed said the recession is inevitable due to the global collapse in oil prices occasioned by the coronavirus pandemic. He said other countries like Finland, Hungary, Spain, and others have gone into recession due to the fall in the price of crude oil worldwide.   “It is true we are in a reces...
Recession: Nigeria’s Economy Doing Well Compared To Others – Lai Mohammed
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Recession: Nigeria’s Economy Doing Well Compared To Others – Lai Mohammed

Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, says the Nigerian economy is doing well compared to the economies of South Africa, Russia and other countries in recession. He said the recession is inevitable due to the global collapse in oil prices occasioned by the coronavirus pandemic. The minister spoke Wednesday on NTA Good Morning Nigeria Show monitored by The PUNCH. The PUNCH had reported that amid a rising debt profile, inflation and unemployment, the Nigerian economy shrank again in the third quarter of this year. This year’s recession is the worst in 36 years as data obtained from the World Bank indicated that the country’s Gross Domestic Product dropped by 10.92 per cent in 1983 and 1.2 per cent in 1984. The National Bureau of Statistics, in its report for t...
Lekki Shootings: New Report Shows CNN Is Desperate — Lai Mohammed
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Lekki Shootings: New Report Shows CNN Is Desperate — Lai Mohammed

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed , has accused CNN of desperation over its second report on the Lekki toll plaza shootings that happened on October 20 . The Minister said this on NTA on Wednesday . The PUNCH reports that CNN had on Tuesday released a second ‘ investigative report ’ on the shootings at Lekki toll plaza during the #EndSARS protests amid threats of sanction from the Federal Government . But the minister faulted CNN’ s reports , saying it lacked credible sources . When asked about the second CNN’ s report, Mohammed said, “ It shows that they (CNN ) are desperate. The so- called recent development has been seen before. There is nothing new . If there is anything new, it is a contradiction of CNN ’ s position. “ What we are asking CNN is that ...
“How Can A Minister Of Information Be So Misinformed?”- DJ Switch Blasts Lai Mohammed
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“How Can A Minister Of Information Be So Misinformed?”- DJ Switch Blasts Lai Mohammed

Nigerian Disc Jockey, Obianuju Catherine Udeh, professionally known as DJ Switch, has finally broken her silence after Nigeria's Minister for Information, Lai Mohammed accused her of giving out false information about the EndSARS protest. DJ Switch, who was among the #EndSARS protesters, streamed live the purported shooting at the Lekki tollgate plaza in Lagos. It was reported that the Canadian authority granted asylum to the disk jockey after she alleged threats to her life for her action. Taking to her Twitter handle, she wrote: "Hw can a "minister of information" be so "misinformed"?The only believable thing about him, is his name...Lai Unfortunately sir, the truth is a very stubborn thing! Tnk u all 4 ur well wishes & prayers.Its nt bn easy 4 me bt d need 2 #SoroSoke i...
Those In Government Are The Real Hoodlums, Not Palliative Looters – Odumakin
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Those In Government Are The Real Hoodlums, Not Palliative Looters – Odumakin

Yinka Odumakin, National Publicity Secretary of Afenifere, in this interview with TEMIDAYO AKINSUYI, speaks on the aftermath of the #EndSARS protests and other sundry issues. Excerpts: South-West governors, traditional rulers and Ministers met in Lagos state last week to proffer solution to the #EndSARS crisis last and Afenifere was not invited. What do you think was responsible for that? The thing is very clear. Like we said, the Kaduna meeting is an afterthought on our unity as a country. They had a sectional meeting of the North where you have all the key appointees of the President, Chief of Staff, IGP, Chief of Army Staff, Lai Mohammed and others. Even in their communiqué, they were so insensitive. There are places they said nomination from Federal Executive Council (FEC)...
Senate Tackles Lai Mohammed Over N250m Project
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Senate Tackles Lai Mohammed Over N250m Project

The Senate on Tuesday tackled the Minister of information, Lai Mohammed, over a controversial project fully funded by the Ministry of Finance for execution by his Ministry in the 2020 fiscal year. The project was tagged ERPG 10145116, and was listed as ‘completion of NTA Gashua sub-station ongoing’. The project had its allocation of N250m fully released to the Ministry. The Minister led other top officials of his Ministry to the Senate on Tuesday o defend their 2021 budget estimates. Chairman, Senate Committee on information, Abdullahi Sankara, maintained that the Minister has a lot of explanations to make over the project. He said that it was 100 per cent release of funds without any work commensurate to the full releases done on sight. The controversy over the proje...
FEC Approves ₦2.9 Billion For Printing Of Question Papers, Others
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FEC Approves ₦2.9 Billion For Printing Of Question Papers, Others

The Federal Executive Council on Wednesday approved N2.9 billion contracts for the printing of sensitive and non-sensitive examination materials. The council also approved N1.6bn for the rehabilitation and upgrade of some roads within the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. The decisions were taken at the council’s meeting presided over by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.). Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed; Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu; and the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Mohammed Bello, briefed State House correspondents at the end of the meeting at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Adamu said the printing contracts were awarded to a group of eight printers. According to the minister, the materials are meant for the B...
#EndSARS: We Must Regulate Social Media Before It Destroys Us – Lai Mohammed
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#EndSARS: We Must Regulate Social Media Before It Destroys Us – Lai Mohammed

The Federal Government has warned that Nigeria is sitting on a keg of gunpowder if the issue of fake news is not urgently addressed, insisting on the regulation of social media in the country. The House of Representatives has, however, warned against clamping down on free speech and press freedom. The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed and the House Committee on Information, National Orientation, Ethics and Values were sharply divided on the matter on Tuesday. Mohammed had appeared before the committee to defend the 2021 budget proposed by his ministry. The minister, while responding to questions from members of the committee, noted that the next war to be fought in the country and across the world might be fought the social media, making reference to the ong...

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