Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has said that he has never told a lie before.
He made this disclosure yesterday, November 8, during in an interview session with reporters in Lagos.
The Minister also challenged those branding him a liar to present concrete facts disputing whatever he had said before.
“I have two burdens. The first is that I happen to be the face of the opposition, and PDP has not forgiven me, and I do not think they will ever forgive me.
“I think they look at the magnitude of what has happened to them, and they hold me solely responsible; which is not fair.
“But, I did my bit. Now becoming the face of government again, it is automatic to them that whatever comes from Lai Mohammed, we must shoot it down as fake news and a lie.
“Incidentally, my father gave me the name Lai, also. So, it makes it very easy for them to make me a liar. But what I challenge them every time is, please, give me one thing I said that is not true. I have never told lies before.
He added: “Emotionally, you may not agree with me, but in terms of facts and figures, I have never said anything that they can be disputed. You do not have to like it, but you cannot deny that they are facts.”
Mr Lai Mohammed while responding to the question as to whether the All Progressive Congress, APC, is afraid of the opposition People’s Democratic Party, PDP, staging a comeback in 2019, said, “I can confidently tell you that we are not even contemplating it”.
Speaking further, he said it would be a tragedy for Nigeria to fall back into the hands of PDP, describing the party as ‘Egypt’.
“They dropped us in hell and we are taking people out of hell. How can Nigeria now go back to Egypt?
“It is not about APC or President Buhari. With the kind of revelation that is coming out, the kind of rot, you want those people to come back and preside over the affairs of Nigeria again?
“What will happen to the investigations that were carried out if the PDP should win elections again? It will be swept under the carpet.
“This is the first time in the history of this country that we are making real recoveries. Only three days ago, we signed an MOU with the Swiss government to return $321m that was stolen from the country.
“This is the first time this country is actually looking at our problem from a realistic and pragmatic viewpoint. We are not talking of what we are going to achieve in two years or three years.
Continuing he said: “We are talking about laying a solid foundation for a Nigeria that our children will be able to thrive.
“Unfortunately, the reform agenda is always longer than the political agenda. In many parts of the world, they plan for 10, 15, 20 years. Nobody plans for 4 years.
“When you look at our MTEF, we are talking about 2020 even though we know that there may be a change of administration depending on the outcome of the presidential election. But you do not think in the short term. Nigeria should never ever pray for PDP to come back”.