Information Minister Rallies Support For Buhari In Kwara State 

Yemisi Izuora 

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has

called for unity, sacrifice and commitment from all stakeholders in

order to put Kwara state on the path of good governance and also win

the state for President Muhammadu Buhari in the 2019 elections.

The Minister, who made the call at a stakeholders’ meeting organized

by the Congress of Kwara Progressives in Ilorin on Thursday, said the

time is ripe for the people of Kwara to take back their state from


”What an auspicious time for all of us! Never before have we had a

great opportunity like we have now to take our state back from the

rapacious few, who have held the state by the jugular and prevented it

from meeting the hopes and aspirations of its people.

”From my consultations with key stakeholders so far, I can say,

categorically, that Kwarans have all resolved to take their destiny

into their own hands and take back what rightly belongs to them. This

is unprecedented in the history of our state, and we must not waste

this opportunity,” he charged

Alhaji Mohammed stressed the need for unity on the part of the people,

saying ”if we all remain united, we can’t and we won’t lose the

looming battle for the survival of our dear state. All that is

required is for us all to subordinate our individual ambitions to the

collective efforts to wrest our state from the hegemony of one man and

his cohorts”.

He said that, on his part, he won’t be running for any office during

the forthcoming elections, adding: ”For me, it is not about any

clamour for office. It is about working with all like minds for the

greater benefit of our people.”

The Minister warned that the battle ahead would not be easy, and that

those who are opposed to change in the state will deploy all

strategies, including blackmail, to retain their stranglehold on power

”Make no mistake about it, the battle ahead will be tough. No one

with power will ever give it up easily. But the power of the people

supersedes all powers. That’s why I am delighted, and indeed

encouraged, that the good people of our state, whether from the North,

South or Central, are all united in their singular determination to

rescue their state from the grinding poverty, monumental misgovernance

and the general state of funk that has enveloped it,” he said.

Alhaji Mohammed said it is a mere blackmail to say he does not like

the people of Ilorin, and went ahead to enumerate his antecedents,

which include actively supporting an Ilorin indigene for governor in


He assured that under the new dispensation in the state, every Kwaran

counts and will have a voice, saying: ”The resources of Kwara will be

used for the development of the state and its people. Never again will

our people be turned to panhandlers, never again will our people be

made to eat crumbs from the master’s table. We must become the masters

of our own destiny.”

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