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Lai Mohammed, leave me out of your tales by moonlight on IPOB – Jonathan

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Lai Mohammed, leave me out of your tales by moonlight on IPOB - Jonathan - BellaNaijaFormer President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has called on the Minister of Information and Culture Lai Mohammed to quit blaming him for all of the inadequacies of the Buhari-administration.

He said this in a statement shared on his official Facebook page.

Jonathan, in the post shared by his aide Reno Omokri, has said that the current administration is peddling propaganda.

He asked that if the sponsors of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) are known, then they should be identified, arrested, and prosecuted.

The former president also advised the current administration to tread with caution on the issue of deploying the military to the south.

Nigerian is not under military rule, the statement said, and the military should be fighting a nation’s external enemies, not taking up the police’s responsibility of fighting criminality within the nation.

Read the full statement below:

Lai Mohammed, Leave Former President Jonathan Out of Your Tales by Moonlight on IPOB

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.

If the government in which Lai Mohammed serves, knows which opposition members are sponsoring IPOB, then they should identify them, arrest them and then prosecute them.

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, has 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.

Perhaps Lai Mohammed thinks everybody is like him and those he represents.

I also commend the governors of the Southeast for cooperating with the military and in the process saving lives and property. It is a noble act that should not be ignored.

However, we want to advise the Buhari administration, which has announced plans to extend the military show of force to the Southsouth and the Southwest through Operation Crocodile Smile, to tread with caution.

Nigeria is no longer under military rule. In a democracy, you separate the military from the police. The military is not meant to fight criminality within a nation because they are trained to fight a nation’s external enemies.

It is the police that are trained to fight crime Internally.

When the military starts doing the job of the police and starts fighting or doing what they call a ‘show of force’, the effect will not be to reduce crime. The effect will be to intimidate people.

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.

Rome may not have been built in a day, but from day one you could see evidence of builders building up Rome. But what have we seen in the last two and a half years of the Muhammadu Buhari administration? We see a government that from day one has been blaming instead of building.

Finally, I seize this opportunity to remind Lai Mohammed that under the Jonathan administration the ministry of information had annual ministerial briefing where the media and civil society groups interrogated cabinet ministers on the activities of their departments. 100 days briefing was given to Nigerians on the government’s vision and one year briefings was given to the nation on government activities. An elaborate mid term briefing was also given by that government to the country on the achievements of the administration.

Lai Mohammed should think about these as information minister and should know that he is minister for information not minister for propaganda.

Reno Omokri, for (Dr. Goodluck Jonathan)

9 Comments

  1. Moniker

    September 19, 2017 at 12:12 pm

    Yeswe agree GEJ had a bad government. But can they move past it by doing better? It is freaking 2yrs already. This story is become stale and bland in our mouth.
    If you can’t better it, don’t use them as excuses for your shortcomings.

  2. keke driver

    September 19, 2017 at 12:44 pm

    “put some respeck on Jonathan’s name” lmao

  3. Public Servant

    September 19, 2017 at 1:40 pm

    ‘APC’ Lai Mohd, You sure you have or came in to power with a good agenda if yes implement it time is going people are waiting impatiently to see the dividend of democracy. 98% are pretending is well for fear of intimidation. 10% are telling you the true feelings of the nigerians present dispensation. 2% are the Federal Government mute and fear of removal or sanctioned. With humility, Do more of your so-call agenda of Change and stop chasing shadows.Citizenry first, and allow EFCC, JUDICIARY and other departments take up their responsibilities and the country will be a better place to live.
    Long live Federal Republic of Nigeria!!!!

  4. Robby

    September 19, 2017 at 2:18 pm

    This has been my exact opinion since the buhari led govt hit one year in office, when will the blame tactics end? It’s been almost three years, where are the promises he made during his campaign? When will Nigerians finally begin to feel the effect of ‘change’ from a new leader/party? When will the president actually stop traveling and sit down to work on his initial suppose blue print? War is eminent with the present state we are in, the GEJ spokesman is right, we are not a military led regime, this is democracy and it’s sad to see we have a president who still thinks he should military and can quell issues with brute military force.
    May God help Nigeria, I pray the country is strong enough to handle what is coming to her!!!

    • CovertNigerian

      September 19, 2017 at 6:37 pm

      2 wrongs don’t make a right, but you do realize that GEJ deployed the military, not the police to quell fuel subsidy protests in 2012, right? And while GEJ was president the military was deployed in operations across most of the country?
      There is a long history of the military being deployed to try and fill the vacuum of incompetence left by the police. It may not be right, but let’s not pretend that the current government is somehow doing something unusual.

  5. Robby

    September 19, 2017 at 2:19 pm

    *who still thinks he’s military

  6. Curious

    September 19, 2017 at 3:12 pm

    But this reno omookri is loyal sha…. Even years after Jonathan left office he has remained faithful. These are the kind of friends one pray for o!!!

  7. CovertNigerian

    September 19, 2017 at 7:04 pm

    When GEJ was in power, BH was allegedly a ploy by opposition from the north to destabilize his government. Now that Buhari is in power, IPOB is being sponsored to return the favour. In both administrations, the identities of the sponsors were known to government yet somehow no one has been charged and successfully prosecuted. And while pointing accusing fingers, the problems are allowed to fester.

    Sadly it seems that for now at least, the more things ‘change’ in Nigeria, the more they stay the same. We are still allowing politicians to play us against each other. We are still failing to see past our divisions to the things that really matter.

    I still believe that GEJ was incredibly incompetent and unfit to be president. For much of his tenure, oil prices were at over $100 a barrel. Buhari is working with less than half that, so obviously there’ll be challenges. That said, Buhari is also proving to have his blend of incompetence and ignorance. Challenges or not, after two years he and his sycophants need to start taking more responsibility for their failings – a more competent group would not have allowed this IPOB/Biafra issue to get to where it is.

    As far as the future goes, I hope people will stop looking longingly at a GEJ future for Nigeria. He is not a solution. We had 2 poor options to choose from in 2015, we really need to do better next time. Better should mean that jesters like Fayose respect themselves and fall away silently.

  8. GANNY OGUNSHAKIN

    September 19, 2017 at 11:39 pm

    The former Nigeria President Dr. Badluck Jonathan needs to understand the role Honorable Minister of lies and culture Alhaji O’Lyingwola Mohammed was nominated to play for this administration is.to LIE, LIE and more LIEs period. He is doing precisely what he was employed to do. And that’s the truth. A word is enough for the wise. I’m just saying.

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