Lai Mohammed, not Lair Mohammed

Lai Mohammed, not Lair Mohammed


Minister’s Claim He Never Told Lies becomes Internet Sensation

Nigeria’s Information Minister, Lai Mohammed, today lamented that people tag him with a liar while he had “never told lies before”.

The Minister’s comment quickly became an internet sensation, recording thousands of shares in a couple of minutes. Threads of comments have people calling Mr. Mohammed a lair for saying that he is not a liar.

It is curious that Lai Mohammed has a lair as a name-tag. The same people who believed and acted on his media propaganda also believe that he is a lair. It is curious.

Lai Mohammed was the National Publicity Secretary of then major opposition political party in Nigeria, the Action Congress, formed in 2006, which later became the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) which later merged with other opposition parties to become the All Progressive Congress (APC).

Mohammed was the sole individual who fought the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) out of power in 2015 with his style of criticism and propaganda, most of which people see as false during an interaction with newsmen today in Lagos, Nigeria, he said he had been truthful, expressing displeasure at being held responsible for any issue in governance as well as being branded as a liar. The minister said, “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.”


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Kings UBA is a Nigerian journalist and writer. I have reported for major local and international news organisations. I write satire. In 2017, I started contributing stories primarily to Discover Africa News Network. I can be reached on I currently manage Discover Africa News social media handles