A Lagos based legal practitioner and rights activist, Justice Uhuegbu, has described the statement made by Lai Mohammed, Minister of Information and Culture concerning the report of the EndSARS Panel of Inquiry as another minus to the Muhammadu Buhari regime.
The lawyer, who is also the President, Association for Good Governance, argued that it is unfortunate that a federal Minister should make that kind of statement, pointing out that a report that was presented by a constituted Panel set up by the Lagos State government, composed of competent lawyers and Judges shouldn’t be treated the way Mohammed just did.
His word, “If there is anybody who shouldn’t be taken seriously, it is the Minister. Nigerians should begin to understand what the government is up to. I will even suggest that Lai Mohammed be relieved of his duty because he is causing more harm than good.
“For the Minister of Information to make that kind of statement connotes that he spoke on behalf of the federal government and what he has said was what the government had in mind. What he has just said also supports the level of lies the federal government has been dishing out, and his comment is another minus to the administration of Muhammadu Buhari”.
While further reacting to the Minister’s statement, the rights activist maintained that if the federal government has said that whatever is the outcome of the report will not affect its position also means that whatever happened at the Lekki Tollgate, the federal government knew about it.
“The first thing that Nigerians should do is not to take Lai Mohammed seriously and secondly Nigerians should know that it is possible that he is not fit to occupy that seat as the Minister of Information and Culture, and since he has spoken the mind of the federal government it means that this government has failed the people”.
For Uhuegbu, “the federal government shouldn’t try to influence the report because what happened took place in Lagos State and not Abuja. What we are running should be federation and that is why we have been clamouring for true federalism. If we are really practicing true federalism as we should, can the federal government make this kind of comment?”
Uche Nwosu is a two time Shell Petroleum PLC award winner in the year 2000;
He won the Shell Award on Investigative Journalism and Environmental Cleanliness.