Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, says the Peoples Democratic Party PDP is currently rebranding itself with stolen arms money. Recall that the opposition party had its National convention in Abuja last week and elected new officials including its National chairman, Uche Secondus.
In an interview with newsmen in Abuja during the week, Lai Mohammed said if PDP had any shame at all, it’s members will not be talking at all. Lai Mohammed said this while reacting to PDP’s statement condemning the Federal government’s decision to withdraw $1 billion to fight Boko Haram. According to Lai, if the last administration had not stolen money meant for the prosecution of the war against Boko Haram, there wouldn’t have been any need to withdraw such an amount of money from the excess crude account.
‘“The PDP under Jonathan in one day distributed $269 million cash and N100 billion which was supposed to be money meant to fight Boko Haram. The sad thing about PDP is that they do not know when not to talk. If they were smart they would know when not to talk. If not for their rapacious corruption, Boko Haram would not have metamorphosed into the monster that it became before we came in. If only they had approached governance with honesty transparency, and sense of purpose, Boko Haram would not have raged between 2009 and 2015, it was their inept handling of Boko Haram and their corruption that put us in this mess.’ he said
Speaking further, the Minister said
‘They seem not to understand that the biggest challenge to any government and the primary responsibility of any government is law and order and security. It is because of the fact that we have been able to contain Boko Haram that they were able to hold their national convention in Abuja. During their time they were not able to celebrate the National Day openly. Under their watch, Boko Haram not only occupied 27 local governments in Borno State, but was also active in almost ten states. Not that alone, they used to stroll to the federal capital, and three times they went to bomb the United Nations, the Police headquarters and under their watch, the Thisday newspaper was bombed and under their watch, about 200 Chibok girls were abducted’.
Lai Mohammed says the Federal government’s December 2015 declaration that Boko Haram had been defeated is not propaganda
‘Why do we say that we have decimated Boko Haram? It is not propaganda. Since we came in 30 months, there has been no single bomb explosion in the Federal Capital, and that is not a mean feat! It is because they don’t understand what security means, they don’t even understand what terrorism means. It does not lie in the mouth of the PDP to even criticise the government, and it was their corruption that led us to where we are today. They are spending the same money which they stole, and they are using the money to rebrand themselves, they have no moral justification whatsoever,” the minister fumed yesterday.