Minister of information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed is on the news on daily basis
This is due to his job as the official spokesman of the federal government
The minister is also under pressure daily from opposition elements who say he is a serial liar
Nigeria’s minister of information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed has declared that he has never told a lie since he came into government.
Mohammed, 65, said all he has done is to promote the good works of government and at the same time, disseminate to the people what the government is doing.
He however lamented the opposition parties’ vicious attacks on him since he was appointed the government’s spokesman.
‘’I was not prepared for was the viciousness, and the pure hatred, and the lack of objectivity and divisiveness that now accompany it,’’ he told The Sun in an interview.
When reminded that he also attacked the immediate past government of Dr Goodluck Jonathan as the spokesman for the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mohammed claimed he was objective as an opposition figure-head.
His words:”I was always very factual, I was very objective, and I didn’t go personal. And I keep saying, that I challenge anybody to come out and say ‘this is one lie you told when you were spokesperson for the opposition’.
”I challenge these people and I say fault me on facts, and not on emotions. Most of the things you see are purely emotional. Many of them believe that, because I played such a major role in the downfall of PDP, no matter what I do, they would criticize it.
”I want them to criticise me fairly. I want them to be objective; I’m ready to take them on.”
Mohammed also decried what he termed the‘the politics of hatred, politics of grievances and politics of prejudice’ that opposition figures are currently practising.
”When you start to quote me out of context, out of share hatred for whatever reason, you go personal, and you are not objective, that doesn’t slow me down.
”But it makes one sad that this country can be reduced to this level, and that politics can be reduced to pure hatred, divisiveness, prejudice and grievances.
”They are the liars. Because I challenge them:‘what lie have I told?’ And they have not come up with one yet,” he added.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Senate has queried Alhaji Mohammed for allegedly diverting N60 million earmarked for the purchase of lands in Lagos, Adamawa and Edo states into the establishment of cultural industries.
Chairman of the Senate committee on culture and tourism, Mathew Urhoghide, who spoke during the sectoral budget defence of the ministry in Abuja on Tuesday, February 14 decried Mohammed the misappropriation of funds under the minister’s leadership.