Stella Dimoko Minister Of Info Lai Mohammed Replies US Congressman,Says He Is Out Of Tune With Reality


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Monday, September 05, 2016

Minister Of Info Lai Mohammed Replies US Congressman,Says He Is Out Of Tune With Reality

The federal government says Tom Marino, a US congressman, is “out of tune with reality’’ for asking his country to withhold security support to Nigeria over alleged excesses of the government of President Muhammadu Buhari.

Marino had written a letter to John Kerry, US secretary of state, alleging infractions on some principles and local and international regulations and conventions by the current administration.
Responding, Lai Mohammed, minister of information and culture, said the allegations by Marino were imaginary and that he was poorly informed about the issues he commented on.

He wondered why the congressman did not “take the pains” to get first-hand information from the US embassy in Nigeria or any other credible source before engaging in “what is nothing but a propaganda of his own imagination’’.
Mohammed said by asking the US to refrain from selling warplanes and other military equipment to Nigeria based on a faulty premise, the lawmaker demonstrated a poor understanding of global security issues.

“Insecurity anywhere is insecurity everywhere. Had Congressman Marino understood this, he would not have made the kind of call he made concerning the US security assistance to Nigeria,” Mohammed said in a statement.
“The Boko Haram insurgency that Nigeria has decisively dealt with under President Muhammadu Buhari is not just a Nigerian problem but a regional and international crisis.”

Mohammed said Marino was wrong when he alleged that Buhari did not “demonstrate a commitment to inclusive government and the most basic tenets of democracy – freedom to assemble and freedom of speech’’.
“An administration that operates purely on the basis of respect for the rule of law and a strict adherence to constitutional order is not one to deny the citizens of their constitutionally-guaranteed rights,” he said.
“This administration therefore does not need the goading of Congressman Marino or anyone for that matter to do what is right.

“Concerning running an inclusive government, had Congressman Marino done his homework before dispatching his letter, he would have realised that no part of the country is left out in the distribution of political appointments.
“The appointment of ministers was done in accordance with the constitution that mandates that the president must appoint at least one minister from each of the 36 states and the federal capital territory.

“Had the congressman sought information from credible sources before engaging in a flight of fancy, he would have been presented with comprehensive information on the appointment of CEOs for federal government’s parastatals, agencies and commissions.
“The appointments were almost evenly matched along the line of the six geo-political zones in the country, with the north-west having 51, north-central, 46; north-east, 45; south-east, 41; south-west, 45 and south-south, 45.

“The congressman may wish to note that each geo-political zone comprises six states, with the exception of north-west (7) and south-east (5).”
He added that Marino’s description of the Buhari’s administration’s anti-corruption efforts as “selective’’ was a tired argument that clearly showed that the US lawmaker must have appended his signature to someone’s concocted line.
“That line was invented by those seeking to cause an unnecessary distraction from the administration’s anti-corruption efforts, and it has been roundly rejected,” he said.
“Congressman Marino’s decision to exhume the dead postulation without an iota of proof is a reflection of whose side he has taken in the ongoing efforts to rid Nigeria of corrupt elements.

“Needless to say that the anti-corruption battle will continue unhindered, irrespective of whose ox is gored. And in this fight, only the guilty needs be afraid.”
Mohammed expressed delight that Kerry, whom the letter was addressed to, was more knowledgeable, better briefed and definitely more hands-on concerning Nigerian issues.

culled -The Cable

Lai-Lai ....


  1. Successful people are always looking for opportunities to help others. Unsuccessful people always ask "what's in it for me"

    1. As if your mama know say lie lie would be your daily activities, Nna sili gaba.

  2. Now i know this govt is going down the way of the previous. Its the same thing sls has told them but they wont listen. Some people will continue to give the president the impression that all is well meanwhile the masses are starving.
    Listen and learn from critisms not go all out against whoever identifies your wrongs.
    Truth is alot of apc stalwarts are disappointed in this govt but wont come oit to say it cos they will feel embarassed that they have failed.

  3. ...good response from d information is obvious that d congress man is one of those corrupt US officials that benefitted from d PDP corrupt govt....I can see the hand of PDP in this..pulling all strings to bring d govt down

    1. I bet the ukwale igbo you are smoking tmia the one doing you.

  4. Lie mohammed or wht ever, knows dat he is just telling his usual lies. Pls he shld produce d names of the45 appointments given to d SE and also SS. when u re violently power drunk wit so single agenda, u cant avoid disgrace. President for d north no mata how much bias in favor of the north u hv, ur ppl cannot enjoy real prosperity bcos God is not wit u.

  5. Shut up stupid Franco.... This is exactly why this government is failing. Keep blaming pdp instead of finding a solution to issues at hand.... U think Americans are like us who do everything for what they can gain? Yes they have corrupt people but if u have any proof this man chopped money then bring it on... APC under buhari needs to wake up

  6. I can't even "west" my power on this retarded man

  7. Buhari listen to wise counsel and amend your evil ways. The Emir of Kano said something and you threaten to send EFCC after him.

  8. jezz i think is dis man thats actually out of tune oga pls wake up and smell d coffee we are all tired of ur propaganda lies jezz

  9. I'm just tired of these bunch of clueless, old men who are ruining Nigeria.
    When will a new generation rule this country?
    To those who voted 'change', there, you have it.
    God, we need a massive revolution.

  10. The politics the US govt is playing is because they don't want to return abacha's loots,that's the ugly truth,however mr lai do your work efficiently by relating to PMB that there's hardship in the land.let him see reasons why he must set up palliatives to cushion the effects of his policies.i believe you can see and hear....


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