I didn’t blame Murtal Mohammed for the wave of insecurity
Information and Culture Minister Alhaji Lai Mohammed says the media report blaming the regime of General Murtal Mohammed for causing a wave of insecurity in Nigeria is “fake news and disinformation.”
The minister said this on Tuesday in Lagos during a meeting with online publishers.
Mohammed, who expressed dismay at the news, explained what he said when he recently appeared on Channel Television’s news program.
“It is sometimes amazing how people interpret their opinions and points of view in a very negative way.
“It so happened that the keynote speaker at the Mayor’s Office meeting we recently held in Kaduna mentioned the resignation of the former military head of state, General Yakubu Gowon, after the civil war.
“At the end of the retreat, he said, there was a consensus that all children born after the civil war should receive free and compulsory primary education.
“I just processed this information and said that if successive governments, after General Gowon, fulfill this obligation, the bandits and kidnappers today will not have a market to recruit their supporters.
“I said that we have about 13 million children out of school, and if the next government is serious about Gowon’s retirement decision, we will not be where we are today.
“There was no place where I blamed General Murtal Mohammed, but we live in an era of disinformation and fake news,” he said.
The minister said he was also misunderstood about his position that kidnapping and banditry are not crimes that can be prosecuted by the federal government.
SOURCE: – Nation
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