Nigeria’s Agriculture minister Chief Audu Ogbeh and his Information counterpart Alhaji Lai Mohammed have been described as ‘shameless’ and deserving of the sack by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, HURIWA made the call yesterday in Abuja in a statement signed by the National Coordinator Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko and the National Media Affairs Director, Miss Zainab Yusuf.
HURIWA condemned the Agric Minister for selling false information to Nigerians about the closing down of Thailand’s rice mills due to low patronage by Nigeria, a claim the Thai ambassador to Nigeria Mr. Wattana Kunwongse had publicly denied.
“We believe that Mr. President must suspend the Agriculture Minister pending further timely investigation and to order his sack eventually if contrary opinions alleging that he lied are proven as truth.
“The Nigerian law book even has legal sanction for providing false information and since the law is not a respecter of status or a class, the minister of Agriculture and information must be made to face the consequences of willful misinformation.”
The group also while calling out Lai Mohammed accused him of falsehood in his claims that the Nigerian Air force deployed 100 jets in its search for the kidnapped Dapchi school girls, a claim the NAF has come to deny.
“The current President has claimed to be a man of honesty and so Nigerians are disappointed that his cabinet members have lied to Nigerians in not less than 10,000 times documented in media reports with the current controversy involving the Agriculture and Information Ministers being the most disgraceful acts of alleged betrayal of truth and public trust and amounts to criminal violation,” HURIWA said.
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