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FG Issues Security Alert Ahead Of 61st Independence Anniversary » Naijaloaded


The Federal Government has alerted the general public to heighten security activities preparatory to the events marking the country’s 61st Independence anniversary.

The alert was contained in a statement released by the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, today, September 24.

The Minister however urged residents of the Federal Capital Territory and its environs not to panic and to go about their legitimate activities.

”Residents are enjoined to report suspicious persons and movements to the security agencies through the following numbers: 09-6305396, 08031230631, 08032003557 and 122” he said

Nigeria will celebrate her 61st independence next Friday, October 1, 2021.

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Why We Continue To Borrow, Lai Mohammed » Naijaloaded

The Federal Government on Thursday descended on critics of its frequent request for fresh loans describing them as insincere.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, spoke for the government during a town hall meeting in Maiduguri, Borno State to address vandalism of power and telecommunications infrastructure.

Mohammed said the critics were members of previous administrations who ‘performed abysmally in terms of modernising our infrastructure, even when they served at a time when our earnings were multiples of what we get today.”

He said that the government was not borrowing for recurrent expenditure or to pay salaries but to build world class infrastructure that would benefit generations of Nigerians.

According to him, based on the two town hall meetings held in Abuja on June 7 and July 5 2021, the situation regarding the wanton destruction of public infrastructure was worse than government had imagined.

He said:-

“For example, we were told that it would cost the Federal Government N3.8bn to repair just four bridges that were damaged by vandals and petrol-laden tankers. That’s a huge amount that could have been used to build new infrastructure.

“Naysayers have recently ramped up their criticism of the Buhari administration for borrowing. These critics are insincere.

“We are not borrowing for recurrent expenditure or to pay salaries. We are borrowing to build world class infrastructure that will benefit generations of Nigerians. And we have a lot to show for the loans we have taken.

“It is an irony that those who are criticizing us today performed abysmally in terms of modernising our infrastructure, even when they served at a time when our earnings were multiples of what we get today.

“Had they embarked on the kind of infrastructure development we are currently engaged in, perhaps there would have been no reason for us to borrow as much as we are doing now.

“They claimed to have spent billions of Naira in building infrastructure but as one can see, their infrastructure projects were only on paper.

“Today, we are still saddled with looking for resources to build the same infrastructure for which they claimed to have allocated huge resources. We will not be deterred by the antics of those who believe they can play politics with everything.

“Today, the standard-gauge rail lines between Lagos and Ibadan as well as Abuja and Kaduna are running well. Today, we have new airport terminals in Abuja, Kano, Lagos and Port Harcourt. Today, the Itakpe-Warri rail line that was abandoned for decades is running

“Today, we have well over 13,000km of federal roads under repair, rehabilitation and reconstruction. There is a road project in every state. Today, we have started the countdown to when the 2nd Niger Bridge, which successive administrations have built only on paper will be completed.”

Mohammed said the list of projects being handled with the loans obtained by the Buhari regime was long.

In another development, Federal Government’s bonds worth N150bn for September, which were auctioned on Wednesday, were oversubscribed by N184.32bn, the Debt Management Office has said.

The total subscription received from investors for the bonds was N334.32bn, comprising N52.43bn for 13.98 per cent FGN February 2028 bonds, N125.58bn for 12.40 per cent FGN March 2036 bonds, and N156.31bn for 12.98 per cent FGN March 2050 bonds.
The auction result showed that out of 65, 144 and 121 total bids for the tenures, 48, 127 and 95 were successful.

A total of N277.05bn was allotted, comprising N42.37bn, N115.85bn and N118.83bn respectively.

The DMO said:-

“Successful bids for the 13.980 per cent FGN February 2028, 12.4 per cent FGN March 2036 and 12.98 per cent FGN March 2050 were allotted at the marginal rates of 11.6per cent, 12.75000 per cent and 13per cent respectively.

“However, the original coupon rates of 13.98 per cent for the 13.98 per cent FGN February 2028, 12.4000 per cent for the 12.4 per cent FGN March 2036 and 12.98 per cent for the 12.98 per cent FGN March 2050 will be maintained.”

It said that the bonds for auction on September 22, 2021, had a settlement date of September 24, 2021.

The debt office had earlier disclosed that the Federal Government’s bonds worth N150bn for August were oversubscribed by N210.02bn.

The total subscription received from investors for the bonds was N360.02bn, comprising N77.69bn for 13.98 per cent FGN February 2028 bonds, N104.95bn for 12.40 per cent FGN March 2036 bonds, and N177.38bn for 12.98 per cent FGN March 2050 bonds.

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Why Table Is Turning Against Bandits In Katsina, Others -Lai Mohammed » Naijaloaded


Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed has stated that the “table is turning” against bandits in Katsina and other North-West states after security measures imposed by governors.

He also stated that the security measures were supported by the military, which stepped up its kinetic approach.

He stated this during a media visit to Katsina State on Tuesday.

“We are here to get first-hand information on the great efforts of the Katsina State government and other affected states in the North-west to combat the menace of banditry and sundry crimes.

“There is no doubt that the table is turning against the bandits since Katsina and other affected states came up with a number of novel measures that got the bandits boxed in, and the military stepped up its kinetic approach.

“Unfortunately, these positive efforts have not received the kind of media attention given
to the banditry.

“We believe these efforts should be trumpeted, not just for the sake of trumpeting it, but as a way of encouraging the states involved, the security agencies that have been risking it all to ensure that we are all safe and the federal government that has done so much, especially in the procurement of platforms, to put the military and other security agencies in a better stead to tackle not just banditry and kidnapping but also terrorism.”

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“Despite Numerous Challenges, Nigeria’s Unity Remains Unshaken”


Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed has expressed that inspite of the challenges the country has gone through over the years, its resolve to remain one indivisible entity is unshaken.

He stated this on Monday at the opening of the [email protected] photo exhibition in Abuja.

“This photo exhibition is organised to serve as a poignant reminder of significant events in the annals of this great country and how they have shaped the country, ensured peaceful coexistence, patriotism and determination, culminating in our greatness and development,” he said.

“For those who did not witness Nigeria’s Independence in 1960, particularly the students, they can at least look at the photos of pre-independent Nigeria; the independence proper; post-independence era.

“They will also look at leaders who fought for our independence and have an idea of the struggle for freedom from colonialism and a mental picture of how the situation was then.

“These have given hope that whatever challenges we may be facing even at this time, we will surmount them and have a strong, united, peaceful and prosperous country.”

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“Nigeria’s Resolve To Remain One Is Unshakable”


According to him, Nigeria, over the years, has gone through challenging times, but the fact that its resolve to remain as one indivisible entity has remained unshaken.

Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information and Culture, has stated that despite the challenges experienced in the country, Nigerians resolve to remain as one indivisible entity has remained unshaken.

The Minister made the remarks in Abuja at the opening of Nigeria at 60 Photo Exhibition with the theme “60 Years of Our Togetherness.” today September 20.

Speaking at the event, Mohammed said;

“The theme of the photo exhibition has been carefully couched to reflect on the unity of this great country in the past 60 years, despite its diverse cultures, traditions, practices, languages and challenges.

Like other countries in the world, it is an incontrovertible fact that Nigeria, over the years, has gone through challenging times, but we must not miss the fact that its resolve to remain as one indivisible entity has remained unshaken” he said

He said the Ministry is using the opportunity provided by the Independence Anniversary celebration to organize a photo exhibition that will deliver information and educate Nigerians, especially the youth, who need a re-awakening voyage into the historical and unique heritage of the country and the secrets behind its unity in diversity.

“This photo exhibition, therefore, is organised to serve as a poignant reminder of significant events in the annals of this great country and how they have shaped the country, ensured peaceful coexistence, patriotism and determination, culminating in our greatness and development.

For those who did not witness Nigeria’s Independence in 1960, particularly the students, they can at least look at the photos of pre-independent Nigeria; the independence proper; post-independence era; leaders who fought for our independence and have an idea of the struggle for freedom from colonialism and a mental picture of how the situation was then, which gives hope that whatever challenges we may be facing even at this time, we will surmount them and have a strong, united, peaceful and prosperous country” he said.

The Minister said the exhibition captures six decades of Nigeria’s independence; footprints of Nigeria’s political leaders and 60 years of the labor of the heroes past in ensuring the country’s unity and peace.

He disclosed that the exhibition tells Nigeria’s 60-year story in pictorial form, delivering a photographic presentation of Nigeria’s icons, programs for national integration, such as the National Youth Service Corps program, photos of intertribal marriages, creation of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja; popular artists, both old and new, as well as the collective achievements in the area of sports, which had been a strong, unifying force for the country.

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Nigeria’s Image Problem Caused By Media

Lai Mohammed, Nigeria’s information minister, has deflected blame for the poor image the country endures internationally on activities of the media.

The minister asserted “whatever image problem Nigeria is suffering from today is mostly due to the unflattering portrayal of the country by the country’s media”.

“If one picks up most newspapers, watches most television stations or listens to most radio stations in Nigeria today, he or she will be right to think Nigeria is a country at war,” Mr Mohammed said at the headquarters of the News Agency of Nigeria on Thursday.

However, President Muhammadu Buhari has often drawn criticism for demarketing the country and its people before international media.

In 2018, Mr Buhari, during an appearance with world leaders at a Commonwealth Business Forum in London, said the majority of Nigerian youth are lazy and uneducated.

In a recent interview with local broadcaster Arise News TV, Mr Buhari doubled down on his belief that Nigerians are to be blamed for the country’s economic woes.

He told Arise interviewers that the youths should ‘behave themselves’ if they wanted jobs, as their criticism of his regime scares investors away from the country. He cited the #EndSARS protests which rocked the country in October 2020 as one of those activities that cast his regime in bad light.

In making the assertion, the president took no cognisance of his regime’s low human rights ratings and incoherent economic policy.

Mr Mohammed said the media only gave perfunctory attention to the successes of the military in quelling separatist agitations in the South-East and South-West, and the current campaign against bandits in the North-West.

“Our security agencies have also successfully tackled the separatists in the South-East and South-West and the militants in the South-South.

“Unfortunately, these efforts have only been perfunctorily reflected in the reportage of the security challenges that we face.

“This is not only unfair, especially to those who are sacrificing their lives to keep us safe, it is unpatriotic,’’ he said.

Many of the military campaigns against self-determination groups have, however, been criticised by local and international rights bodies for blatant abuses.

Mr Mohammed emphasised that the media must be fair in its reportage.

“We are not saying the media should not report on the security challenges we face.

“All we are saying is, be fair and report accurately the efforts being made by the state and federal governments to tackle the challenges,” he said.

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Our Image As Nigerians Is Suffering Because Of Our Media Reports


The Federal Government has accused media houses of portraying Nigeria in bad light before the international community.

Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information and Culture, said Nigeria is experiencing image problems due to unflattering reports by the media.

Mohammed disclosed this at a ceremony on renaming of the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, Headquarters building after the late Wada Maida in Abuja on Thursday.

The minister accused the media of not being factual in their report of security agents in the fight against insecurity.

According to Mohammed:

“Whatever image problem Nigeria is suffering from today is mostly due to the unflattering portrayal of the country by the country’s media.

“Even when some media organizations report fake news, they never have the decency to retract such stories and apologise. They simply move on as if nothing has happened.

“We are not saying the media should not report on the security challenges we face. All we are saying is: be fair and report accurately the efforts being made by the state and federal governments to tackle the challenges.

“Even if you don’t want to encourage the men and women in uniform fighting to keep us safe, please don’t discourage them with negative reporting. The security challenges we face today will be successfully tackled and Nigeria will not cease to exist, despite the antics of naysayers.”

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We’ll Lift Twitter Suspension In A Few Days — FG » Naijaloaded


The Federal Government has again assured Nigerians that all issues that led to the suspension of activities of the popular microblogging platform, Twitter, will be sorted out soon.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, gave the assurance while fielding questions from State House correspondents after the meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC), at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Mohammed, who declined to give a specific timeline on when the suspension would be lifted, said the ongoing discussions between government and Twitter had been “productive” and “respective”.

Asked on the latest on the Twitter ban in the country as he had promised on August 11 that the ban would be lifted very soon, the minister said: “I think even Twitter itself two days ago gave what I will call a progress report on our talks with them, and I think if I want to quote them rightly, it has been productive and quite respectful.

“And as to the qualifying, when, how soon is soon, right? I want to assure you that the time that Twitter operation has been suspended, between the time it has been suspended, and when it will be restored is by far, much, much shorter.

“In other words, if the operation has been suspended for about 100 days now, I can tell that we’re just actually talking about a few, just a few more days now.

“What we’re trying to do is the changes that have been going on, but we need to dot the i’s and cross the t’s, but I can assure us that we’re not mindful of the anxiety of Nigerians and both parties are working very hard to put a closure on the matter.

“And like Twitter itself said the changes have been very, very productive on both parties. It has not been advisory at all. And it’s quite respectful. Thank you very much.”

When asked further to be specific on when the matter would be resolved, Mohammed said:

“Honestly, we have gone very far, I won’t be specific, but we have gone very far, and honestly, it’s just going to be very, very soon, just take my word for that.

“Honestly, I can’t be more specific than what I’ve told you that it is going to be very soon.”

The federal government had said the microblogging platform was suspended because it provided an avenue for people threatening the corporate existence of Nigeria.

Mohammed had Jack Dorsey, CEO of Twitter, helped to fund the recent #EndSARS protest while allowing the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, to use the platform to call for the killing of policemen.

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