- The war of words between Buhari's government and the opposition seems to be a daily affair these days
- Lai Mohammed has dismissed allegation by Atiku that the APC-led federal government is using state resources for electioneering campaign
- Hitting hard at the opposition again, Mohammed said the ruling party cannot help the PDP and the Atiku campaign organisation if they feel threatened by Buhari's achievements
The minister of information and culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has said the massive achievements of the Buhari administration have rattled the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.
Reacting to the statement from Abubakar's media aide, over the widely-circulated testimony series of his ministry to showcase the administration's achievements, Mohammed said the action of the PDP candidate amounts to an acknowledgement of the administration's impressive achievements.
He dismissed as 'acute paranoia' the allegation by Atiku that the APC-led federal government is using state resources for electioneering campaign.
In a statement issued in Ilorin on Friday, January 11, the minister stated that it is up to those who made the accusation on the use of state resources for electioneering campaign to prove it, in line with the maxim that he who alleges must prove.
“In publicising the activities and achievements of the federal government, the federal ministry of information and culture is only carrying out its statutory role.
“Long before the elections, the ministry has used various platforms, including town hall meetings, to showcase the activities and achievements of the administration.
“We understand that the PDP and the Atiku campaign organization have been rattled by the achievements as well as the effectiveness of the campaign to showcase them. We are sorry we can't help them,” Mohammed said.
He however expressed surprise that the PDP that said the Buhari administration has not achieved anything has now turned around to admit that the media is awash with video testimonies from Nigerians on the administration's achievements.
Meanwhile, global advisory firm, Eurasia Group, has named Nigeria's forthcoming general elections as one of the world's “Top Risks 2019.”
The report which was released on Monday, January 7, stated that Nigeria faces its most fiercely contested election since the transition to democracy in 1999.
Nigeria's general elections was listed as number 10 in the list released by the respected New York-based organisation. Other issues or countries listed in the report are the US-China trade war, US domestic politics, European populism, Mexico, Ukraine and Brexit.
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