The Minister for Information, Lai Mohammed has come under severe attack from former President Goodluck Jonathan over the Minister’s statement that losers in the last general elections are the sponsors to Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
The Ex-President said it was an indirect accusation on him in that Mohammed alleged that the sponsorship of IPOB were those who lost in the last general elections in a bid to destabilize the government of President Muhammadu Buhari.
The then President Jonathan had conceded defeat to General Buhari in 2015 general polls before the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announced the results.
In a return of fire, Goodluck Jonathan had made a counter-accusation that the government’s spokesperson was trading in propaganda, even suggesting he Lai Mohammed was behind Boko Haram, the terrorist group that captured about 27 local government areas during his regime.
He said:, “The insinuations by Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, 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 act of calling IPOB a Terror Organization is Illegal, Is he also sponsoring IPOB too?”
GEJ added, “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 the due process before prescribing that murderous sect.
“Perhaps Lai Mohammed thinks everybody is like him and those he represents.”