Monday, 18 September 2017

Lai Mohammed Claims IPOB is being Sponsored by Treasury Looters

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has claimed that IPOB is being sponsored by politicians and people trying to frustrate Pres. Buhari's administration. He made the following statements at a news conference yesterday.

According to him, IPOB is being sponsored by “coalition of the politically-disgruntled and treasury looters” whose aim is to divert attention from treasury looters.
“They believe that by sponsoring this group to destabilise the country and trigger chaos, they will realise their ambition of escaping justice and then be free to dip their hands into the nation’s treasury again.

“The signs are very clear; the activities of IPOB became heightened with the advent of this administration, and have been unrelenting since then.
“If this is coincidental, then that coincidence is uncanny, at the least,” Mr. Mohammed said.

“The divisive and jaundiced opinions of some anarchists have
been given a big play by a section of the media. This is wrong.
“The Nigerian media cannot afford to sit on the fence or engage in irresponsible journalism when the issue at stake is the very survival of our nation.
“This is because no professional, including journalists, can operate when a nation descends into anarchy,

The minister wondered why the organisation wasn't active during Pres. Jonathan's time, citing that Nnamdi Kanu even canvassed for the unity of the country then......
“Has anyone wondered why IPOB decided to up the ante, so to say, in its violent campaign immediately it was announced that Nigeria has come out of recession?

“Now, instead of the government being given the chance to consolidate on that monumental achievement, it is being distracted, and the airwaves have been polluted with the activities of IPOB.

“The good news of the end of recession and its fall-outs are
being replaced in the headlines with the IPOB show of shame,” he said.

Mr. Mohammed said that the self-imposed IPOB leader is the master of hate speech, incendiary, divisive and inciting speeches.

He noted that the activities of IPOB, “a rag tag mob” and its gullible supporters had in the past days reached crescendo and threatening the unity of the nation.

“They set up parallel military and para-military organisations, mount road blocks and even confront the Nigerian military. “Their leader openly solicits for weapons and incites hatred and violence.
 He also denied reports that the FG is allegedly trying to suppress freedom of speech in the country....
“This is a blatant lie. It is not in the agenda of this administration
to suppress its citizens for whatever reasons. “Not even the excesses of some people on the social media have forced the government to do anything that will stifle press freedom or freedom of expression.”

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