The former spokesman of the All Progresive Congress and the current minister of Information is one politicians that has got Nigerians talking in recent times.
From the time he was APC spokesman, till now that he is a minister, Lai has continued to keep the people informed about national issues. One thing that people keep attacking him for, is his continuous blame game. It appears former president Goodluck Jonathan is to blame for every bad situation in the country.
Let’s take a look at some of the reasons why Lai Mohammed has been on the lips of Nigerians.
1. When he said Boko Haram had been defeated despite recent attacks.
2. Then he blamed former president, Goodluck Jonathan for fuel scarcity.
3. He told Nigerians that the fuel scarcity would last for a few days but it ended up lasting for weeks.
4. When he said the federal government has been fighting corruption, but corruption has now started to fight back the government.
5. That time Nigerians lambasted him for saying Jonathan bought expired and substandard weapons to fight the Boko Haram insurgency.
6. In defence of President Muhammadu Buhari’s frequent foreign trips, he said Nigeria was becoming a “pariah state” under Jonathan and the president was traveling to reverse that status.
7. The minister disowned a budgetary allocation of N398 million in the budget of his ministry for 2016.
8. One time, he said the spokesman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was untrainable and out of control.
9. So committed to his party and good at informing the masses, that he was appointed minister of information by President Muhammadu Buhari.
10. That one time he officially addressed the issue of some Nigerians saying his first name ‘Lai’ was synonymous with ‘lie.’
Lekki Toll Gate Shooting: Osinbajo Breaks Silence
The Vice President condemned the killing of protesters at Lekki tollgate on Tuesday.
Osinbajo, in a tweet on Wednesday night, also mourned policemen who were killed during the protest.
He promised that all victims will get justice and prayed against more tragedies.
He tweeted, “My heart goes out to all the victims of the Lekki shootings, and also the policemen and all other men and women who lost their lives in the past few days in different parts of Lagos and other states.
“I spoke to some of those in the hospital. The pain of these terrible events is palpable in our towns and cities, and some losses are irreplaceable, but we can and will get justice for all of them. I stand with Lagos and all other affected states in these trying times.
“We pray we will never see a repeat of these tragedies in Jesus name. God bless you all. “
My heart goes out to all the victims of the Lekki shootings, and also the policemen and all other men and women who lost their lives in the past few days in different parts of Lagos & other states.
— Prof Yemi Osinbajo (@ProfOsinbajo) October 21, 2020
We pray we will never see a repeat of these tragedies in Jesus name. God bless you all. – YO
— Prof Yemi Osinbajo (@ProfOsinbajo) October 21, 2020
#EndSARS: Obaseki Gives Escaped Inmates 48hours To Return
Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki, has given escapees from the Benin Medium Security Correctional Centre and Oko Medium Security Correctional Centre on Friday to return voluntarily or face the wrath of the law.
This warning is coming following Monday’s jailbreaks in the two centres by hoodlums.
According to the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS) 1,993 inmates escaped from their facilities.
Mr Obaseki went on an assessment tour of the affected NCoS centres and the police stations that were burnt in Benin City by the hoodlums.
Speaking during the inspection, Obaseki expressed that the escapees should return or face the wrath of the law.
“We know some of the inmates have been released, but we appeal to all inmates who have escaped to come back on their own before the close of business on Friday.
“They should report themselves back as nothing will be done to them but failure to do that, we will come after them as we have their records.”
#EndSARS: ECOWAS Urges Nigerian Govt To Conduct Speedy Investigation Into Shootings
The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), has urged the Nigerian Government to conduct a speedy investigation into the shooting that occurred at the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos State.
Recall that the Toll Gate was bombarded by officers of the Nigerian Army, who shot at unarmed protesters on Tuesday night.
This was contained in a statement by the Chairman of the Economic Community of West Africa (ECOWAS) and Ghanaian President, Nana Akufo-Adodo, on Wednesday.
Speaking for the regional body, Mr. Akufo-Adodo asked Nigerians to use dialogue to find a lasting solution to the protracted clashes between the government and the protesters over the movement seeking an end to police brutality and bad governance.
The body expressed its condolences to the families and friends of those who lost their lives during the protests and also wished the injured speedy recovery.
ECOWAS also said while it recognises the right of citizens to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly and protests, it wishes that those rights be exercised in a non-violent manner.
“In this regard, the ECOWAS Commission calls on all protesters to remain peaceful in the conduct of their demonstrations. It also urges the Nigerian security operatives to exercise restraint in the handling of the protests and act professionally,” the statement read in part.
“ECOWAS Commission further notes that, in an effort to address the demands of the protesting youth, the Federal Government of Nigeria took important decisions regarding disbandment of SARS, comprehensive police reforms and investigation of cases of police brutality. It encourages the Nigerian Authorities to conduct the investigation rapidly.”
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