The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP , has blasted Information and Culture Minister, Lai Mohammed for accusing opposition parties as the mastermind of hate speeches currently threatening the unity of the Nigeria.
In a press statement signed by the National Publicity Secretary, National Caretaker Committee of the PDP, Dayo Adeyeye, the party expressed shock at the Minister’s outburst even as it described the statement as another lie from Mohammed.
“The Leadership of the PDP is taken aback over the recent vituperation by the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed in which he accused opposition in the country as being responsible for hate speeches, disinformation and fake news. How convenient! This is another lie from Lai Mohamned!!
“Mr. Minister is invited to review his past speeches/statements as Spokesman of opposition ACN/APC and then he will agree with us that the APC leaders/members are the architects and sustainers of hate speeches in our dear Country, Nigeria,” Adeyeye said in a statement.
He further said the Minister ought not to forget easily that in the past, he similarly took on the ruling party while he was in the camp of the opposition.
“In case Lai Mohammed has forgotten, let us remind him and his Parties, the ACN & APC that in their desperate quest to grab power by all means, organised and carried out series of campaigns of calumny as opposition designed to mislead the public, discredit the person and Office of past PDP led administrations especially, that of the immediate past President, Goodluck Jonathan, in order to cause disaffection amongst Nigerians against his government.
“Let us not forget the Infamous inflammatory statements by Muhammadu Buhari that caused wide spread violence and killings of Nigerians in the 2011 general elections. He repeated almost the same statement on the 14th of May 2012 in Kaduna when some CPC members from Niger state paid him a visit.
“He was quoted to have incited his supporters saying “…if what happened in 2011 should again happen in 2015, by the grace of God, the dog and the baboon would all be soaked in blood.’’ Till date, President Muhammadu Buhari has neither refuted the statement nor offer any explanation for it. What could be more hateful than such a call for pogrom or mass murder of innocent Nigerians? The list of such hateful and inciting speeches by the APC leaders and especially their erstwhile spokesman is endless,” Adeyeye said.