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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Hypocrite? See What Lai Mohammed Said About Ex-President Yar'Adua When He Was Sick

The Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed has been labeled a hypocrite by Nigerians after something he said in the past came haunting him.
Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed
 
It is now 65 days since President Muhammadu Buhari travelled out to London on a “medical vacation without the Presidency disclosing the status of Buhari's health. However, Nigerians have called current Minister of Culture and Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed a two-faced hypocrite for keeping quiet following calls for Buhari's health status to be revealed.
 
They say that Mohammed was a leading factor calling for the resignation of of late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua when he was sick and in Saudi Arabia for treatment. Just as the saying goes 'the internet never forgets' many people have brought out some of his statements in the past.
 
The current Minister of Culture and Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed who was the spokesperson of the defunct  Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), the opposition party at the time which lated joined the other parties to form the APC, had demanded for daily briefing on the health of the president.
 
Mohammed said: “Since the president left these shores over 40 days ago, we do not know who has really seen him or who has not. Information on the state of health of the president should not be left in the hands of unscrupulous spin doctors, the Aondoakaas and the PDPs [Peoples Democratic Party] of this world, who have been muddling the waters just to serve their own selfish purposes.

“It is clear to discerning Nigerians that those pretending to speak authoritatively on the President’s health are deceiving the public since they are neither well informed on the issue nor competent to speak on it.‎
”Therefore, a daily briefing by the Minister of Information, based on authentic details provided by the president’s doctors, should start forthwith. As we have said many times, the health of the president, as a public figure, can no longer be of interest only to his family and friends. Nigerians have a right to know.”‎
 
Remembering how Buhari demanded for the resignation of late President Yar'Adua, a Nigerian writer Jesusegun Alagbe noted: "When the former President, Umaru Yar’Adua, fell sick in 2009 and left the country for medical treatment in Saudi Arabia, President Muhammadu Buhari, then a presidential candidate, said Yar’Adua should be declared incapacitated and unfit to rule the country and further called for the late President’s resignation or impeachment. Now that Buhari has found himself in a situation similar to Yar’Adua’s, Nigerians are wondering if he will resign."
 
On January 4, 2010, the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria, which later merged with Buhari’s Congress for Progressive Change and others disturbed the government of Yar'Adua demanded a “visual” proof that an ailing President Yar’Adua was fit enough to govern the country after weeks in the hospital overseas.
 
“It is necessary for President Yar’Adua, if indeed he is recovering as Nigerians have been praying he does, to move fast to reassure his compatriots that the rumours surrounding his ill health are unfounded,” said Mohammed at that time.
 
Trying to justify why the people needed video recording of Yar'Adua Mohammed “Daily, we are bombarded with scary rumours of the president’s health continuing to deteriorate in Saudi Arabia, even as his aides assure us that he is indeed recovering.

“Since the president left these shores over 40 days ago, we do not know who has really seen him or who has not. Information on the state of health of the president should not be left in the hands of unscrupulous spin doctors, the Aondoakaas and the PDPs [Peoples Democratic Party] of this world, who have been muddling the waters just to serve their own selfish purposes.”
 
He further added: “The current situation whereby ministers and aides of the president give out uncoordinated information on his health is doing more harm than good.

“It is clear to discerning Nigerians that those pretending to speak authoritatively on the President’s health are deceiving the public since they are neither well informed on the issue nor competent to speak on it.

“Therefore, a daily briefing by the Minister of Information, based on authentic details provided by the president’s doctors, should start forthwith. As we have said many times, the health of the president, as a public figure, can no longer be of interest only to his family and friends. Nigerians have a right to know.”

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