2023: “We won’t allow any on-line platform to plunge Nigeria into crisis” – Lai Moh’d 

The Federal Government says it will not allow any social media platform to plunge Nigeria into crisis by spreading fake news and hate speech. The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said this on Thursday in Abuja at the third edition of the “President Muhammadu Buhari’s Administration (PMB) Scorecard 2015-2023” programme. The PMB Scorecard initiative is organised by the Ministry of Information and Culture to showcase the achievements of the administration in the last seven years. The third edition featured the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, who reeled…

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“Nigeria wouldn’t have any economy if you were still in power” – Lai Moh’d hits PDP 

Nigeria’s economy would be in shambles if the Peoples Democratic Power (PDP) were in power, according to the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed. Mohammed stated this yesterday at the second edition of the ‘PMB Administration Scorecard 2015-2023’ in Abuja. The Minister condemned the PDP for engaging in “a deliberate campaign of calumny and falsehood” on the achievements of the APC-led administration. He said it is “absurd” for the PDP to say that the current administration has no achievement to support its presidential campaign. According to him, the PDP…

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‘US terror alerts devastating to Nigeria’s economy’ – Lai Moh’d

Information and Culture Minister, Lai Mohammed, yesterday bemoaned his ministry’s low budgetary allocations, which he said is incapacitating its war against fake news, disinformation and hate speech currently ravaging Nigeria. Mohammed, speaking at the 2023 budget defence session with relevant agencies, before the Senate Committee on Information, said the recent terror alerts raised on Nigeria by the United States of America and United Kingdom, gave the nation’s economy a devastating blow. He said that his ministry requires adequate funding to fight fake news, disinformation, misinformation and hate speech, saying the…

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Insecurity: “The worst isn’t over” – Expert tackles Lai Moh’d

A security expert, Adejare Adegbenro, has faulted a claim made by the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, that “the worst is over” concerning the security situation in the country.  Recall that the Minister, while briefing the newsmen on the security situation in the country on Monday, had claimed that, “The worst is over”. Adegbenro, who questioned the statement, while featuring on a television programme, on Thursday, submitted that this is not the right time to make bogus statements but rather call on every stakeholder to work in tandem…

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‘Buhari won’t withdraw INEC REC nominees accused of corruption, partisanship” – Lai Moh’d

Despite the clamour for their withdrawal, the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, on Wednesday, said President Muhammadu Buhari will not withdraw some nominees for the position of INEC Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) recently accused of corruption and partisanship. Recall that President Buhari had on 26th of July sent 19 names to the Senate for confirmation as RECs. Four of the nominees appointed by the President were fingered by some Nigerians and a coalition of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) as partisan or have a known history of corruption. The four…

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National Security: “Worst of insecurity is now over” – Lai Mohammed

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has said the worst of the country’s security challenges is now over. The minister, who stated this yesterday, during a joint security conference in Abuja, admitted current insecurity in the country is the greatest challenge to the peace and security of the country since the civil war. He, however, noted that President Muhammadu Buhari’s ‘purposeful leadership’ has ensured the country did not cave in. Mohammed further said the security challenges “have been daunting; from terrorism to banditry, kidnapping, separatist violence to crude…

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‘Detractors using fake news, misinformation to aggravate insecurity’ – FG

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, says insecurity in the country is exacerbated by fake news and misinformation. Mohammed said this during his speech yesterday, at a summit organised by the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations, (NIPR), titled: “Summit for National Integration, Peace and Security”. According to the minister, fake news and misinformation endanger the peace, security and development of any nation. His words: “Let me cite some recent instances of fake news and misinformation in this regard. On August 10, the Kaduna State Government had to debunk…

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FG to deploy NTA’s transmission sites for digital switch-over

As the country continues in its drive to achieve complete Digital Switch-Over (DSO) before the tenure of this administration ends, the NTA-Star, (StarTimes), and the Integrated Television Services, (ITS), have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to fast-track this move. Speaking at the MoU signing ceremony yesterday, in Abuja, the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, said the MoU is a game-changer in the quest of the administration to achieve complete DSO before their tenure elapses. With this MoU, ITS will utilise the structures and facilities of NTA-Star,…

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2023: CDD rejects fine imposed on Trust TV, others

…Says NBC can’t gag media, citizens’ rights  The Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) has condemned the imposition of a N5 million fine on Trust Television (TrustTV) by the National Broadcasting Commission, (NBC), for airing documentaries that exposed terrorists and their activities. Aside from TrustTV, NBC also fined MultiChoice, NTA, TSTV MultiChoice Nigeria Limited, owners of DSTV, TelCom Satellite Limited (TSTV) and NTA-StarTimes Ltd, N5 million each for broadcasting a documentary by the British Broadcasting Commission (BBC) Africa Eye titled: ‘Bandits Warlords Of Zamfara’. However, in an issued statement on…

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FG asks Google to delete IPOB materials from its platforms

The Federal Government has said it is collaborating with the global internet company, Google, to curb the excesses of subversive YouTube channels, being used to spread hate speech and misinformation against Nigeria. The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, stated this yesterday, during a courtesy call on him by a delegation from the global tech company in Abuja. He expressed delight that both the Federal Government and Google shared the same concern on the responsible use of social media. The Minister stated that Google had become a platform of…

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