19 September 2017

Nigeria: Ipob - Stop Blaming Me for APC Failure, Jonathan Tells Lai Mohammed

Ibadan — Former President Goodluck Jonathan has warned the Minister of information and culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed to stop blaming his administration for the unfulfilled promises of the present administration led by the All progressives Congress (APC).

He also advise President Mohammodu Buhari never to extend the military show of force to the Southsouth and the Southwest through Operation Crocodile Smile as earlier planned, saying Nigeria is no longer under military rule.

Former president who posted his reactions on the press briefing held in Lagos by the Minister of information last Sunday on his Facebook page said the military is not meant to fight criminality within a nation, adding that they are trained to fight a nation's external enemies.

He said at the press briefing, Minister of information alleged that opposition is sponsoring the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), saying the fact that he (Lai Mohammed) mentioned that Nnamdi Kanu preached Nigerian unity during the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan is another clear indication that he (Lai Mohammed) still believe in propaganda.

Jonathan challenged Lai Mohammed to identify the opposition sponsoring IPOB, arrest and prosecute them, if truly he (Lai Mohammed) is convinced that the opposition is behind the agitation.

The post reads; "the insinuations in the press conference given by Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, on Sunday the 17th of September 2017, accusing the opposition of sponsoring the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, and the fact that he mentioned that Nnamdi Kanu preached Nigerian unity during the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan is another clear indication that the present administration has not left propaganda mode for proper agenda mode two and a half year into their tenure."

Former President also said the reaction of a principal member of APC and the Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki which faulted the activities of the federal government on the proscription of IPOB, vindicates his claims.

"Ever since Lai Mohammed made his ill advised statement, a principal member of the All Progressive Congress government and the Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki, had come out to say that the actions in the Southeast are troubling and some of it are unconstitutional. Is he also sponsoring IPOB too?

"It is our suspicion that Lai Mohammed is talking from history seeing as he criticized the Jonathan government for banning Boko Haram in a statement he released on June 10, 2013, even though the Jonathan government had gone through due process before proscribing that murderous sect.

"Let me say again to Lai Mohammed, the time for propaganda is gone. The time for blaming Dr. Goodluck Jonathan for all the unfulfilled promises of the APC government is over. Nigerians are no longer buying it."


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