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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...
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...
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...
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 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...
‘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...
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...
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...
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...
Lekki Shooting: Nigeria Will Never Spare CNN, Others For Spreading Fake News – FG
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Lekki Shooting: Nigeria Will Never Spare CNN, Others For Spreading Fake News – FG

The Federal government has vowed to punish the Cable Network News, CNN for carrying out unverified information from the controversial Lekki Toll Gate incident. It also vowed not to spare any media organization both local and international that attempted to set Nigeria on fire through unverifiable reportage. The Minister of Information and Culture, Alh. Lai Mohammed made the vow on Friday at a stakeholder’ meeting with the Broadcasting Organizations of Nigeria (BON) held in Abuja. The Minister, was reacting to the controversial report by the American Cable News Network, CNN which it said had acknowledged their letter of complaint and promised to probe same on its merit. He accused CNN of spreading fake news by switching casualty figures at Lekki Toll Gate so casually without...
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 ...
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...
FG Seeks Support Of South-East Leaders On Social Media Regulation
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FG Seeks Support Of South-East Leaders On Social Media Regulation

The Federal Government on Saturday solicited the support of South-East governors and leaders in the zone on social media regulation to check fake news and misinformation of Nigerians. The Minister of Information and Culture, Mr Lai Mohammed, made the appeal while speaking at a presidential delegation interaction with South-East governors and other leaders of the zone in Enugu. Mohammed said that the #EndSARS protest and agitation that turned violent and destructive in the country were brought about by fake news emanating from the negative use of the social media. According to him, the purported massacre leading to the EndSARS protest only happened in the social media. He said some Nigerians were misled by fake news on social media which turned out as hatred for the police a...
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...
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...
#EndSARS protest has been hijacked by hoodlums and by people with ulterior motives bent at destabilizing the country- Lai Mohammed
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#EndSARS protest has been hijacked by hoodlums and by people with ulterior motives bent at destabilizing the country- Lai Mohammed

The Minister of Information and Culture., Lai Mohammed, has alleged that the #EndSARS protests have been hijacked by hoodlums and people working to destabilize the country and that no responsible government will fold its arms and allow the state to be thrown to a state of anarchy.   Lai Mohammed said this during an interview on a Radio Nigeria programme today October 18 while speaking on the lingering End SARS protest.   According to him, the Federal government has met the demands of the protesters and sees no reason why the protests persist.   “When you look at the demands of the #EndSARS and the decisions of the Federal Government, it is clear that there is no single demand of the group that has not been met. Therefore, one will begin to ask if there is...
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...
There’s Need To Take Another Look At Amended NBC Code – Osinbajo
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There’s Need To Take Another Look At Amended NBC Code – Osinbajo

Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo says the Federal Government needs to revisit the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) amendment of the broadcasting code. Osinbajo said this on Friday during a session with Nick Clegg, vice-president of Facebook’s policy and communication. The code, which has stirred a lot of controversy, seeks to regulate content exclusivity, enforce content sharing and empower the NBC to determine prices at which content is sold to sub-licensees by rights holders. Also, the fine for hate speech has been increased from N500,000 to N5 million. Osinbajo said there is need to take a second look at the code so as not to “stifle the work of hardworking, creative people”. “The NBC code is one where the is now activity around trying to take a second look at it. Those...
Buhari Prevented Nigeria From Becoming Failed State – Lai Mohammed
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Buhari Prevented Nigeria From Becoming Failed State – Lai Mohammed

In an apparent response to criticism by a former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, Nigeria’s information minister, Lai Mohammed, said President Muhammadu Buhari’s efforts prevented Nigeria from becoming a failed state. PREMIUM TIMES reported Mr Obasanjo’s Friday statement that Nigeria was “fast drifting to a failed and badly divided state.The presidency in a separate statement Sunday replied Mr Obasanjo, describing him as Nigeria’s ‘Divider-In-Chief’. In his statement sent by his spokesperson, Segun Adeyemi, Mr Mohammed did not mention Mr Obasanjo’s name but said, “Those who genuinely love Nigeria will support, rather than subvert,” Mr Buhari’s “committed leadership.” Read Mr Mohammed’s full statement below. President Muhammadu Buhari’s assumption of office in 2015 prevented Nigeri...
PDP Reps Sue Malami, Lai Mohammed, NBC Over New Broadcasting Code
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PDP Reps Sue Malami, Lai Mohammed, NBC Over New Broadcasting Code

Members of the Peoples Democratic Party caucus in the House of Representatives have sued the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN; Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed; and the National Broadcasting Commission over the 6th National Broadcast Code recently released by the National Broadcasting Commission. Chairman of the PDP caucus, Mr Kingsley Chinda, told Saturday PUNCH on Thursday that the lawmakers would also sue the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.); Minister of Labour, Employment and Productivity, Sen Chris Ngige; Minister of State, Festus Keyamo, SAN; and the National Directorate of Employment over the recruitment of 774,000 for the Federal Government’s Public Works Scheme. Chinda said, “We cautioned that ...
Petrol Price In Nigeria Is One Of The Cheapest In Africa – Lai Mohammed
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Petrol Price In Nigeria Is One Of The Cheapest In Africa – Lai Mohammed

The Federal Government on Monday said despite the recent increase in the price of Premium Motor Spirit to N162 per litre, the price of the commodity in Nigeria remained among the cheapest in Africa. The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, said this at a press conference in Abuja. Mohammed was joined at the briefing by the Minister of Power, Sale Mamman; and the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva. The minister said, “In spite of the recent increase in the price of fuel to N162 per litre, petrol prices in Nigeria remain the lowest in the West/Central African sub-regions. “Below is a comparative analysis of petrol prices in the sub-regions (naira equivalent per litre): Nigeria -N162 per litre; Ghana -N332 per litre; Benin -N359 per litre; Togo ...
“You Have Done Worse To Us” – Ghana Infomation Minister Replies Lai Mohammed
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“You Have Done Worse To Us” – Ghana Infomation Minister Replies Lai Mohammed

The Ghanaian government says the Federal government of Nigeria has also taken steps in the past that have adversely affected its citizens.   The Ghanaian government stated this days after the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, spoke against the issues affecting Nigerian traders in Ghana. Lai at a press conference last Friday, August 28, said Nigeria will no longer tolerate the harrassment on Nigerians in the country.   Earlier this month, Nigerian traders in Ghana raised the alarm over the closure of their shops. The incident happened two months after a building in the Nigerian mission in Ghana was demolished.   In a statement released on Sunday, August 30, the Ghanaian Minister of Information, Kojo Nkrumah, said the issues between both ...
Ghana Deports 700 Nigerians Involved In Fraud, Prostitution And Robbery
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Ghana Deports 700 Nigerians Involved In Fraud, Prostitution And Robbery

The Ghanaian Minister of Information, Kojo Nkrumah, on Sunday, defended the $1m trade levy and other regulations imposed on Nigerian traders in Ghana, noting that Nigeria had equally issued executive orders preventing foreigners from getting jobs which Nigerians can do. The minister said it was astonishing that Ghanaian laws could be described as outrageous, noting that it was on record that Nigeria had taken a number of steps in pursuit of its national interests. He cited the closure of the Seme-Krake borders since August 2019 as part of steps taken by the Federal Government, which he said had affected the neighbouring countries. Nkrumah accused Nigerian traders in Ghana of gross violations of retail trade laws, including tax evasion, immigration offences, and selling substandard...
Rotimi Jolayemi, The Broadcaster Who Criticised Lai Mohammed Released After 45 Days In Detention
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Rotimi Jolayemi, The Broadcaster Who Criticised Lai Mohammed Released After 45 Days In Detention

The Nigeria Police Force has released Rotimi Jolayemi, the broadcaster who insulted the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, in a song that went viral on social media. His wife, Dorcas, told The PUNCH that he was released on Friday evening after spending 45 days in police custody. She said, “I am very thankful to The PUNCH for putting the authorities under pressure to release my husband who was illegally detained. He was finally released this afternoon by the police. He was, however, asked to return on Monday to sign some papers.” Rights group, Amnesty International, had called on the police to release Jolayemi, who had spent more than five weeks in custody before he was finally arraigned in court on June 11, 2020 Jolayemi, who anchors a Yoruba radio pr...
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...
Five States To Get N148bn Reimbursement For Repairing Federal Roads
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Five States To Get N148bn Reimbursement For Repairing Federal Roads

The Federal Executive Council has approved the reimbursement of funds expended on federal roads by some state governments. The total sum to be reimbursed to five states is N148,141,987,161.25. Among states shortlisted to benefit include Cross River N18,394,737,608.85, Ondo N7,822,147,577.08, Osun N2,468,938,876.78, Bayelsa N38,040,564,783.40 and Rivers N78,953,067,518.29. The memo was presented by the Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, at the third virtual council meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari inside the Council Chambers of the State House. Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, who briefed State House correspondents on behalf of Fashola, said council had also warned that there will be no reimbursement in future should any st...
Journalist, Rotimi Jolayemi Charged For ‘Causing Annoyance’ Towards Lai Mohammed
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Journalist, Rotimi Jolayemi Charged For ‘Causing Annoyance’ Towards Lai Mohammed

After 17 days in detention, the Nigeria Police Force has charged a journalist, Rotimi Jolayemi, aka Oba Akewi, for acting in a manner that can cause ‘annoyance’ and ‘hatred’ for the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed. The development comes less than five days after Mohammed through his spokesman, Segun Adeyemi, denied causing the arrest of Jolayemi who is the Vice-Chairman, Freelance and Independent Broadcasters Association of Nigeria, Osun State chapter. In the charge sheet marked, FHC/ABJ/CB/104/2020, the police alleged that Jolayemi on April 14, 2020, shared an audio file in a Whatsapp group which subsequently went viral, The PUNCH reports. In the charge sheet signed by the Prosecuting Counsel, Prosecution Section, Joseph Offor, the police said the act was...
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...
FEC Approves N1.23bn For Plateau State University, Customs
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FEC Approves N1.23bn For Plateau State University, Customs

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved N1.23 billion for the construction of a faculty of health services at the Plateau State University, Bokkos and the procurement of computers and printers for zonal and area commands of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS). The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, announced this on Wednesday while briefing State House reporters on the outcome of the second virtual cabinet meeting chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari. Mohammed said, “The Minister of Education presented a memo seeking approval of council for the award of contract for the construction, equipping and furnishing of a faculty of Health Sciences in Plateau State University, Bokkos and it was awarded at the cost of N610, 355, 221.82 and the completion period is for ...
FEC Approves N623m For Customs To Buy Computers
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FEC Approves N623m For Customs To Buy Computers

The Federal Executive Council on Wednesday approved N623.7 million for the Nigeria Customs Service to buy computers for its zonal and area commands. The Minister of Information and Culture, Mr Lai Mohammed, gave the information at the end of the virtual FEC meeting on Wednesday. “The Minister of Finance presented a memo for the award of contract for 1,200 units of coloured printers and desktop computers for human resources and accounting management systems across zones and area commands of the Nigeria Customs Service, which was approved. “The sum of the contract was N623,700,000 for the 1, 200 desktops and computers for the use of the Customs Service all over the country,” Mohammed told reporters.
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.” ...
COVID-19: Lagos Battles Shortage Of Reagents, FCT Running Out Of Test Kits
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COVID-19: Lagos Battles Shortage Of Reagents, FCT Running Out Of Test Kits

The Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 at the House of Representatives on Tuesday said Kano State had become the epicentre of coronavirus in the North. The  PTF Chairman and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha; who led other members of the task force, including the Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire; Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, disclosed this while briefing the House on the war against the virus in the country. He said Kano State lacked adequate manpower for surveillance and contact tracing. Also on Tuesday, the Lagos State Government said it was battling with a shortage of reagents. The Federal Capital Territory on its part said it was facing a shortage of test kits. In ...

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