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    Lai to Nigerians: Lockdown may be extended if you don’t behave yourselves

Lai to Nigerians: Lockdown may be extended if you don’t behave yourselves

Lai Mohammed, minister of information, says the lockdown in federal capital territory (FCT), Lagos and Ogun states could be extended if residents do not behave themselves. On Sunday, President Muhammadu Buhari ordered a 14-day lockdown as a measure to prevent the spread of COVID-19. So far, Nigeria has recorded 190 cases of coronavirus, two deaths and 25 reoveries. Speaking at a press conference [...]

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    COVID-19: Nigeria never expected something worse than Ebola, says Lai

COVID-19: Nigeria never expected something worse than Ebola, says Lai

Lai Mohammed, minister of information, says Nigeria never expected a situation worse than Ebola. Mohammed, who spoke when he featured on a forum organised by the News Agency of Nigeria, said he hopes the country will not "fall into the same error" after it surmounted the Ebola outbreak in 2014. He expressed optimism that the government would use the experience gained from [...]

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    ‘COVID-19 corpses’ can’t be claimed for burial, says Lai

‘COVID-19 corpses’ can’t be claimed for burial, says Lai

Lai Mohammed, minister of information and culture, says corpses of persons who tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) cannot be claimed for burial. He said such corpses would be handled by the ministry of health because they are contagious. He said this while speaking at a News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) forum in Abuja to give an update on the activities of the presidential task [...]

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    COVID-19: Medical kits from Jack Ma not contaminated, says Lai

COVID-19: Medical kits from Jack Ma not contaminated, says Lai

Lai Mohammed, minister of information and culture, says the COVID-19 kits donated to Nigeria by Jack Ma, Chinese billionaire, are not contaminated.  Mohammed decried the spread of fake news on coronavirus across social media platforms. Speaking at the presidential task force (PTF) media briefing on Thursday, he said fake news constitutes a distraction to ongoing efforts to curb the spread of the [...]

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    Ministers donate 50% of March salary to support fight against COVID-19

Ministers donate 50% of March salary to support fight against COVID-19

Lai Mohammed, minister of information and culture, says ministers have decided to donate 50 percent of their March salary to support the fight against coronavirus. Nigeria has 43 ministers. The total sum of the donation was not disclosed. In a statement on Saturday, Mohammed said Gbemisola Saraki, minister of state for transportation, coordinated the donation. Mohammed quoted Saraki as saying it was a [...]

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    FG’s strategy against coronavirus is working, says Lai

FG’s strategy against coronavirus is working, says Lai

Lai Mohammed, minister of information and culture, says the strategy of the federal government in containing coronavirus is working. But the minister said the government is not getting the kind of cooperation it deserves from Nigerians in the fight against the disease. Speaking at a press conference in Abuja on Thursday, Mohammed said many Nigerians are busy making "meaningless criticisms" instead of [...]

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    Lai: We may be forced to use military for contact tracing

Lai: We may be forced to use military for contact tracing

Lai Mohammed, minister of information, has advised Nigerians to be prepared for tougher measures amid the coronavirus outbreak. At a media briefing in Abuja on Monday, Mohammed said the federal government may be forced to employ the services of the military and police for contact tracing. Mohammed urged people who just returned to the country to "give themselves up", saying if contact tracing [...]

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    Lai: Boko Haram targeting Christians to trigger religious war

Lai: Boko Haram targeting Christians to trigger religious war

Lai Mohammed, minister of information, says Boko Haram is targeting Christians in an attempt to trigger a religious war in the country. Recently, the insurgents killed Lawan Andimi, chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Michika, Adamawa state, and Ropvil Dalep, a student of the University of Maiduguri and a member of the Church of Christ in Nations (COCIN) [...]

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    Lai: Buhari won’t resign because of security challenges

Lai: Buhari won’t resign because of security challenges

Lai Mohammed, minister of information, says President Muhammadu Buhari will not resign because of the security challenges in the country. Speaking in Abuja, on Thursday, the minister said the president has the mandate of Nigerians to rule until 2023. He warned those calling for the resignation of the president and the service chiefs to be mindful of their comments. “As I said earlier, [...]

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    ‘Lai is at it again’ — reactions to comment on NTA competing with CNN

‘Lai is at it again’ — reactions to comment on NTA competing with CNN

Twitter is currently abuzz over a $500 million loan request which the ministry of information under Lai Mohammed is seeking. When he appeared before the senate committee on local and foreign loans on Monday, the minister had reportedly said if the loan is approved, the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) would compete favourably with Cable News Network (CNN). The $500 million is part of the [...]

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    Lai: NTA will compete with CNN — if we get $500m loan

Lai: NTA will compete with CNN — if we get $500m loan

Lai Mohammed, minister of information, says if the $500 million loan his ministry is seeking is approved, the Nigeria Television Authority (NTA) will compete with the likes of Cable News Network (CNN). The Guardian quoted the minister as saying this when he appeared before the senate committee on local and foreign loans. The $500 million is part of the $30 billion loan [...]

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    Lai: Nigerians in Chinese town hit by coronavirus unwilling to return home

Lai: Nigerians in Chinese town hit by coronavirus unwilling to return home

Lai Mohammed, minister of information, says the federal government is in touch with 16 Nigerians living in Wuhan, China. Coronavirus disease broke out in that part of the Asian country, and it has continued to spread globally. Speaking in Abuja on Friday, the minister said the 16 citizens have not shown interest in returning to Nigeria. Lai added that the federal government [...]

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    FLASHBACK: In 2012, Lai attacked Jonathan with TI’s corruption index

FLASHBACK: In 2012, Lai attacked Jonathan with TI’s corruption index

Two days ago, Lai Mohammed, minister of information, dismissed Transparency International’s (TI) latest corruption perception index which ranked Nigeria low on corruption but what was his response to the poor rating of the country eight years ago? In the latest TI rating Nigeria ranked 146 of 180 countries, with a total of 26 points out of a possible 100 points. Responding to the [...]

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    Don’t divide Nigerians along religious lines, FG warns Kukah

Don’t divide Nigerians along religious lines, FG warns Kukah

Lai Mohammed, minister of information, has criticised Matthew Mukah, Catholic bishop of Sokoto diocese, for comparing the federal government to the Boko Haram sect. In a statement on Friday, Mohammed said such comparison is capable of dividing Nigeria. Kukah had in a meeting in the UK, said the only difference between the federal government and Boko Haram is the use of bombs [...]

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    Lai asks NBC to implement regulations for online media

Lai asks NBC to implement regulations for online media

Lai Mohammed, minister of information and culture, has directed the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to implement regulations for online media. Mohammed was quoted as giving the directive in a statement issued by Segun Adeyemi, his media aide, on Thursday. The minister also directed the NBC to implement measures that will reposition the broadcast industry, create jobs and promote local content. According to him, [...]

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    Who will tame Yari?

Who will tame Yari?

BYB ALI ALI Zamfara state has continued to be in the news of late for inexplicable reasons. Only recently, the state governor, Bello Mohammed Matawalle, repealed the state pension law that granted the former governor of the state, Abdulaziz Yari and his co-travelers stupendous pension benefits that defeats human comprehension in a sane society. And of course this was applauded by [...]

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