Lai Mohammed faults public officials for spreading falsehood on Buhari’s health
- The minister of information and culture, Lai Mohammed, says the media has the responsibility to hold officials accountable for the falsehood they spread on Buhari’s health
- Mohammed states that it is amazing that up till date, nobody has held Fayose accountable for the reckless statement he made about Buhari’s health
- The minister faults Fani-Kayode for claiming the planned protest in London by PDP chased the president out to Nigeria
The minister of information and culture, Lai Mohammed, has urged well-meaning Nigerians to hold former minister, Femi Fani-Kayode and Governor Ayo Fayose accountable for spreading false news about President Muhammadu Buhari's health.
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Legit.ng recalls during the duration that President Buhari was in London on medical vacation, Fayose and Fani-kayode called on the president to resign on the ground that his health condition was critical.
But following the arrival of Buhari on Saturday, August 19, Lai Mohammed, accused Fayose and Fani-Kayode of spreading falsehood about the president’s condition while he was recuperating in London.
The Guardian reports that the minister, during a late night interview on African Independent Television (AIT) on Sunday, August 20, expressed concerns over the inaccurate statement made about Buhari’s health by certain high-ranking public officials
He also said the media has the responsibility to hold such officials accountable for the falsehood they spread on the president’s health.
“I will start with Mr Femi Fani-Kayode and Gov Ayo Fayose, although I am not used to commenting about them," the minister said.
“I remembered on July 13, Fani-Kayode said that Mr President will not come back as President because his situation was pathetic and critical.
“He went as far as saying that the President does not even recognise people and that he suffered from dementia.
“He challenged the Acting President who just came back from his visit to Mr President to tell the world if he actually saw him and talk to him and what the President was suffering from.
“On Aug. 12, I was in London to see Mr President and the whole world saw Mr President walked to greet me they saw him mention my name and yet nobody has gone to challenge him for his lies.
“Similarly, Gov. Fayose came to Abuja and told newsmen that he had 11 pictures that he would release and when he do so, the whole country will be on fire.
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“He said Mr President was on life support and he will never return alive to the country.
“It is amazing that up till date, nobody has hold him accountable for his falsehood and reckless statement.
“I am more worried that the media which they used in spreading these falsehood and hate speeches do not think that they have the responsibility to go back and hold them to account,” he said.
The minister faulted a tweet by Fani-Kayode which stated that the planned protest in London by Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chased the president out to Nigeria.
He said: “In the first instance, assuming without conceeding that it is the truth, is it not Inhuman for any political party to say they have chased out a sitting president who is convalescing.
“Is it not sadistic on the part of a political party to say that they chased out the President who is recuperating from the hospital.
Meanwhile, governors from the south-east part of Nigeria have welcomed President Muhammadu Buhari back to Nigeria after he spent 103 days in London treating an ailment.
Legit.ng reports that as he landed Nigeria on Saturday, August 19, the South-East Governors Forum, through its chairman and governor of Ebonyi state, David Umahi, thanked God for granting the president a divine healing.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Umahi, in a statement signed by his chief press secretary, Emmanuel Uzor, described the president’s healing as a great work of God and wished him total recovery as he resumes duty.
The forum also warned Nigerians against continuing with hate speeches and emphasized its readiness to protect Nigerians irrespective of tribe and region.
Watch the excitement that greeted Buhari's return from London: