Social media influencer, Japheth Omojuwa, has advised the Minister for Information and Culture Lai Mohammed to retire.
Omojuwa made this known on Thursday after the Federal Government, via Mohammed, threatened to sanction foreign media outlet, CNN, for its report on the Lekki Toll Gate shooting of #EndSARS protesters on 20,10,2020.
Mohammed’s reaction to the video adds to the series of inconsistent comments from the government about the Lekki incident from denying the presence of the military at the scene of the shooting; disregarding an Instagram Live video of the shooting by DJ Switch (claiming it was “photoshopped”) to claiming the soldiers didn’t use live munitions.
Not to forget the government has also denied that any protester died during the shooting citing lack of claims of missing persons form families; one which the CNN’s report provided on Wednesday.
According to Mohammed, the CNN investigation is “fake news”, “misinformation,” as well as “irresponsible”.
“Like everyone else, I watched the CNN report. I must tell you that it reinforces the disinformation that is going around, and it is blatantly irresponsible and a poor piece of journalistic work by a reputable international news organization,” he told reporters at a press conference in Abuja, in the most significant federal government response so far to the October 20 violence.
“This is very serious and CNN should be sanctioned for that,” he said.
A CNN spokesperson reacting to Mohammed’s threats said, “Our reporting was carefully and meticulously researched, and we stand by it.”
Omojuwa, however, opined thus: “I think Lai Mohammed should retire. He did great as an opposition spokesman but I think he has now risen to his level of incompetence. He has primarily been an underwhelming minister of Information.”
I think Lai Mohammed should retire. He did great as an opposition spokesman but I think he has now risen to his level of incompetence. He has primarily been an underwhelming minister of Information.
— JJ. Omojuwa (@Omojuwa) November 19, 2020
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