There Is Credible Threat To Subvert Government- Lai Mohammed 

Yemisi Izuora 

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

the Federal Government has valid and dependable evidence on the unrelenting

efforts of the political opposition and their cohorts to subvert the

government and cause mayhem in the country.

The Minister, who made the remarks at the 12th Annual Lai Mohammed

Ramadan Lecture in Oro, Kwara State, on Saturday, said the alarm the

government raised a few days ago, that the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP and its presidential candidate are doing everything possible to sabotage the Buhari

Administration, is plausible.

“As you are aware, a few days ago we raised the alarm that either by

themselves or via their proxies, the PDP and its presidential

candidate are doing everything possible to sabotage the Buhari

Administration, generally overheat the polity and make Nigeria

seemingly ungovernable. Of course you are aware of similar alarms that

have been raised by the police, the military and the DSS.

“Our interventions are based on credible evidence, and no government

with the kind of evidence that we have, of plans to subvert the power

of the state, attack the nation’s economic live wire and generally

unleash mayhem on the polity, will keep quiet. The security agencies

are all alert to their responsibilities and will not sit by and allow

anyone to reverse the gains of our democracy under any guise,” he

said.

The minister said since the government and the security agencies

raised the alarm, pseudo and partisan analysts have teamed up with the

spokesmen for the main opposition party and its presidential candidate

to either exhibit their ignorance or to engage in red herring and name

calling.

He however, assured that the government will neither be distracted nor be dissuaded.

The Minister said as Muslim faithful observe the holy month of Ramadan

with fasting, prayers, self-purification, renewed focus on religion

and sense of community, it is appropriate to call on all Nigerians to

pray for ”our dear country, to pray for peace and unity”, especially

as the May 29th inauguration of the President approaches.

In his remarks, the Executive Governor of Kebbi State, Senator

Abubakar Atiku Bagudu, who was the Special Guest of Honour at the

occasion, spoke on the challenges of food security in the country and

urged government at all levels and the communities to support and

promote peaceful co-existence among all those involved in food

production in the country.

“The food system itself is threatened across the length and breadth of

the country because the participants in the food chain – the farmers;

the fishermen; those in the livestock sector – all are challenged that

they cannot find enough resources be it land, fresh water or grass in

order to undertake and continue to support food production in the way

they hitherto.

“So that brings a sense of urgency for us in the leadership, either at

the local government level or state government or the federal

government and community leaders to quickly address our minds on how

we can support all the groups to cooperate with each other and focus

their mind so that production can be increased,” he said.

The Governor, who commended the Minister for sustaining the annual

lecture, expressed delight at the peaceful co-existence between

Muslims and Christians in Oro.

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