Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan has responded to a comment by Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed accusing the opposition of sponsoring the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB. Jonathan also took offence to Mohammed’s statement that Kanu changed from preaching about Nigeria’s unity during Jonathan’s erstwhile administration to an agitator about Nigeria’s breakup.
In a statement issued on Jonathan’s behalf, Reno Omokiri, his media aide, said “…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”, the statement said.
It further stated: “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 … Lai Mohammed should think about these as information minister and should know that he is minister for information not minister for propaganda”, Jonathan’s statement said.