Lai Mohammed


Lai Mohammed is the current Nigeria's Minister of Information and Culture. A Nigerian lawyer, and former National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress.[1]

Lai Mohammed
Minister of Information and Culture
Assumed office
November 2015
Preceded bySen. Patricia Akwashiki
Personal details
Born1952 (age 6869)
Political partyAll Progressives Congress (APC)

Biography


He was born into the family of Alhaji Mohammed Adekeye in 1952. He is a native of Oro in Kwara State. He earned a bachelor's degree in French from Obafemi Awolowo University, in the year 1975. He proceeded to obtain a law degree from the University of Lagos, and then Nigerian Law School in 1986[2] As a practicing Lawyer, Alhaji Lai Mohammed co-founded the legal firm of Edu & Mohammed as a Senior Partner in 1989.

Business


Alhaji Lai Mohammed is a businessman and served as the Chairman of Optmedia Limited, a subsidiary of Afromedia Plc since 18 December 2008.[3] He served as a Director of Afromedia PLC since May 2011.[4] Alhaji Mohammed is also a fellow of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR) and worked as Public Relations Officer for almost 10 years with the Nigerian Airport Authority, now Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN).[5]

Politics


In October 2002, Alhaji Lai Mohammed was a candidate for governor in the April 2003 Kwara State elections on the Alliance for Democracy platform. He was assaulted and five vehicles in his convoy were smashed in front of Senator Suleiman Ajadi's campaign office at Oke-Onigbin during a festivity.[6] He served as Governor Tinubu's Chief of Staff during his first term.[7]

Lai Mohammed is an active politician and was the National Publicity Secretary of All Progressive Congress (APC) in Nigeria. He was on 11 November 2015 sworn in by President Muhammadu Buhari as Minister of Information and Culture following his appointment and successful screening by the Nigerian Senate. On 21 August 2019 he was again sworn in by President Muhammadu Buhari as Minister of information and culture.[8]

He has been accused by some local and international news about giving contradictory accounts of events in his country. This is evidential in his #EndSARS accounts, which were at first, different from those claimed by the Lagos State government and the Nigerian Army. In his interview with DW TV, Tim Sebastian accused him of being "out of the loops" of his country's politics. [9]

He had accused CNN of being "desperate", after the international media released several footages, to prove the massacre of the protesters at the Lekki tollgate, Lagos, Nigeria. However, the CNN had requested for substantial proofs, to prove that the media outlet had reported "Fake news", as he claimed. [10]

See also


References


  1. "Stocks". Bloomberg.com. Retrieved 22 December 2017.
  2. "Lai Mohammed: Potent voice of opposition". The Nation. Retrieved 4 October 2015.
  3. "Honourable Minister". Federal Ministry of Information and Culture. Retrieved 31 May 2021.
  4. "Ministerial Nominee: NINE things you need to know about Lai Mohammed". Vanguard News. 12 October 2015. Retrieved 31 May 2021.
  5. "Profile of Alhaji Lai Mohammed". Nigerian Image. 12 May 2020. Retrieved 31 May 2021.
  6. Utibe Uko (15 December 2002). ""The Endangered Aspirants". This Day Online". Retrieved 26 November 2009.
  7. "Alhaji Lai Mohammed". Edinburgh International Culture Summit. Retrieved 31 May 2021.
  8. "All You Need to Know About Nigeria's Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed. - Opera News". ng.opera.news. Retrieved 31 May 2021.
  9. https://m.dw.com/en/nigerian-information-minister-lai-mohammed-on-conflict-zone/av-52192944
  10. https://punchng.com/new-report-shows-cnn-is-desperate-lai-mohammad/