Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Honourable Minister for Information and Culture

#EndSARS: HURIWA slams Lai Mohammed for threatening to sanction CNN over report

*The group says it is shameful that rather than applaud and commend the CNN for its deployment of highest quality of technology to ascertain what exactly took place October 20, 2020, at Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos, a Nigerian Minister is rather engaging in warfare against the public

Alexander Davis | ConsumerConnect

The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, HURIWA, has lampooned Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Nigeria’s Honourable Minister for Information and Culture, over his recent comments on CNN’s investigative report on the shooting at the Lekki Toll Gate, in Lagos.

Emmanuel Onwubiko, HURIWA’s National Coordinator, in a statement said Mohammed was promoting misinformation by tackling CNN’s report.

The frontline human rights group has described the Minister’s remarks as unbridled, irrational, irresponsible, emotional, and totally provocative.

Recall Mohammed has threatened to sanction the international news network CNN over its report on the incident at Lekki Toll Gate.

The right group, however, has insisted that the Minister’s comment on the matter was shameful.

According to HURIWA, “it is shameful that rather than applaud and commend the CNN for its deployment of the highest quality of technology to ascertain what exactly took place on October 20th at Lekki Toll Gate Lagos State, a cabinet level Minister in Nigeria paid by the public is rather engaging in warfare against the public.”

The statement further said: “What took place today as press conference by the minister has nothing informative and cultural about it.

“But rather, we will look at it from the dimension of cultural tyranny that was displayed by this person who parades himself as the Minister of Information. He should cover himself in shame.

“The reason for saying this is that the minister is promoting misinformation by fighting qualitative dissemination of information as was done by the cable news network CNN.”

It added: “One would have expected that a government that is working to promote the welfare of the Nigerian people should be exceedingly happy that the CNN has helped us to expose the hidden information by the characters that unleashed violence on the people at the Lekki Toll Gates Lagos on October 20th 2020.”

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