Allegation of Islamising Nigeria false – Lai Mohammed

Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed [Photo credit: Daily Post]
Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed [Photo credit: Daily Post]

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has condemned the statements by some religious leaders alleging that President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration is planning to Islamise Nigeria.

In a statement by the minister’s special assistant on media and publicity, Segun Adeyemi, Mr. Mohammed said the allegations were a campaign of calumny.

Mr. Mohammed spoke at a town hall meeting in Ilorin, Kwara State. The town hall meetings across Nigeria began in April, 2016 under the title ‘Federal Government Discuss’ as a means of bridging communication gap between government and Nigerians

“The alleged Islamisation of Nigeria under the current administration is totally false and should be perceived in its entirety as a campaign of calumny,” the statement said.Boko Haram

“There is no bigger threat to the peace and unity of our country today than religion-coated incendiary messages, which are being carelessly sent out by some religious, political and opinion leaders.

“In recent times, the media has been increasingly awash with incendiary statements that seem designed to pitch the adherents of the two prominent religions in the country, Christians and Muslims against one another. Such fallacies like the Islamisation of Nigeria, the killing of Christians by Muslims, the labelling of Nigeria as the most dangerous place for Christians in the world can only serve one purpose: trigger a religious war”, the minister said.

The leadership of CAN had in various communication with the media accused the current administration of planning to Islamise the nation. The association blamed increased killings for alleged blasphemy and other ethno-religious killings in Northern Nigeria on the government’s inaction.

It also accused the administration of toeing the path of past Muslim leaders in its resolve to ensure that Nigeria remains a part of international Muslim organisations.

Reacting to the allegations, Mr. Mohammed noted that Nigeria has had its share of ethno-religious crisis but added that CAN and other like-minded religious leaders were aware that their claims are untrue.

“Needless to say that no nation ever survives a religious war. Those who are making these allegations know that they are not true, but they have found in religion another tool to demonize the government of the day, divert attention from the government’s anti-corruption stance and create undue tension in the polity.

“Make no mistake about it, there have been conflicts between adherents of the two major religions in certain parts of the country. To now extrapolate from that to say Nigeria is the most dangerous place for Christians in the world is a disservice to Nigeria and an overkill. What those who are pushing this negative narrative about Nigeria do not know is that if they succeed in giving Nigeria a bad name in the comity of nations, they too will not escape the consequences that will result therefrom,” said Mr. Mohammed.

Cardinal  John Onaiyekan
Cardinal John Onaiyekan

He alleged that religious leaders making the “incendiary statements” were being used by political groups to undermine government.

“The secular nature of Nigeria’s Constitution makes the issue of religious dominance and impunity improbable. It is also important to note that the underlying principle of religious conflict may not be purely religious, but more often than not coloured with political connotations as vividly depicted in the case of the terrorist group, Boko Haram.

“And more often than not, conflicts between Muslims and Christians are fuelled by political motivations, ethnic differences, extremism, intolerance and terrorism’, Mr. Mohammed said.

“Let me appeal to the media to desist from providing a platform for exponents of incendiary statements, those who will latch on to religion and ethnicity to divide us, and those who have no qualms about leveraging their privileged positions to give Nigeria a bad name in the international community”.

Mr. Mohammed alleged that the propagators of the incendiary messages had also accused the military of using its equipment against the Christian population in Nigeria.

“Their foreign collaborators, including a section of the international media, have even gone as far as accusing the Nigerian military, a symbol of the country’s unity, of arming Fulani herdsmen to kill Christians, as if the army is made up of officers and men from only one religion. The Federal Government rejects this ludicrous and nonsensical accusation against the military and warns those behind it to desist forthwith,” said Mr. Mohammed.

“Let me also appeal to Christian and Muslim leaders to emulate Catholic Cardinal John Onaiyekan of Abuja and Sultan Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar III of Sokoto, both of whom formed the Inter-faith Initiative for Peace to promote inter-faith dialogue – which represents an energetic and indispensable vehicle for achieving lasting peace among divergent religious groupings in the country”.


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  • Jaja Majaja

    Lie Mohammed has spoken….lets all listen.

    • woman leader1

      Yes oooo

    • dele20

      Our competent HMIC is working great

  • Kevin Peter

    But the attitude you (Lai Mohammed) portray especially with your customized cap always shows you as a religious bigot. As the information minister, we should observe a neutral mode of dressing as done by the VP. Campaigns of “do as I say but not as I do” cannot hold water here.

    • emmanuel

      Thank you for that observation. Very uncivilised elements in Government.
      If someone has been christened a Liar, (shortly we would send his name to Corporate Affairs Commission), the corollary is that that character is a serial liar, meaning tht this his statement is an absolute lie.
      Liar Mohammed a shameless vampire.

    • woman leader1

      Why are you talking like this

    • Night Crawler

      Nope that’s wrong, everyone is entitle to what he wears… I am a Christian as well andi put on jalabiya correct me if am wrong in the spelling… Its what you have you will wear, that’s not an issue here

      • Kevin Peter

        You don’t hold brief for the government or represent a cause, but the information minister is a public figure and as such has to come out of his traditional belief to embrace a neutral position considering various cultures and traditional beliefs often guided back by religion. That I wear caftan which basically represents northern hausa culture doesn’t portray me as one but that is done at my own personal decision not actions that the society will watch a public figure doing.

  • Hassan Karofi Aliyu

    This government has killed more Muslims than any other, remember the gruesome Zaria killing(Over 1000); the Kano massacre(over 100) and the state sponsored killing of Shi’a Muslims across the nation(Hundreds). Where was CAN when these atrocities were going on? That is why people of wisdom rise up when a group is being persecuted by any government less it could be their turn and they will be a lone voice of protest. FREE EL-ZAKZAKY

    • emmanuel

      Boako Hrama killed over 15,000; most of them christians and few dissident Muslim. How then has that equal the shites muslims? Anyway, no one expects a muslim to tell the truth under any circustances.
      Anytime i hear Allah in a claim of truthfulness, i already know that there is deciet.

      • bus29

        you christian have been making so much inciteful statement to distablise the govt of Buhari but i believe you will never succeed. when boko haram killed people in the moqsue no single CAN of worm body say anything but their own befall them they begin to rant. we can recall that during jonathan period when he was going from church to church an donating nigeria money to the churhces and muslim sidon look waiting for Allah judgement to come on the election result alas! Muhammed Buhari who share a name with the greatest man ever evolve for mankind as elougise by Quran and Michael hat.eventually he wan the race at the God’s time.

        • Okay

          He won,only to spend his days on life machines in far away land.Read the handwriting on the wall.from abacha to yaradua now buhari.No grace of leadership only hardship everywhere.

  • Kevaj

    What is this Liar Lai talking about? Is your name not Lai Mohammed?

    But indeed, Islamization of Nigeria shall remain FALSE! It will not hold; it will not stand; It will not succeed!

    Every attempt to ismalize Nigeria shall be futile.

    This is a country where both Christians and Muslims have lived together in harmony for years up until of recent.

    This is our country! It belongs to us and both Christians and Muslims are free to live in it peacefully. You worship your own and we worship ours without stepping on eachother’s toes.

    But you will not dominate this country! No you will not!

    The plan of the wisest among you to do such shall be turned to foolishness in Jesus name.

    The Lord of Hosts; The Lord our God will laugh you to scorn!

    • busari

      I Think you guy christian apology got it wrong. in the first place for those who have the line of history to recall their memory that the introduction/emergency of pentecostal is the begining of religious problem in this country which started in the early ’80s,i was not too small to note that there was no dicsrimination as at this period irrespective of your religion.everybody join each other either muslim or christian in celebration of festival,but for the emergent of pentecostal,hatred segregation begin to emerge as well as aggressive crusade which they try to introduce to northern part of the country but they met their waterloo! there is need to respect individual believe and their tradition not to impose yours on them as the christian has been trying to do in the northern part of the country.

      • Okay

        How did Christian impose their faith on northerners?pls explain sir?

    • progressive

      It shows that you are all jobless so you are all been sent out to tackle lai Mohammed who have been working so hard to give Nigerians the best information they need

      • dele20

        HMIC is indomitable, he is works great, all the criticism against him are lies

    • Night Crawler

      Air brain, spotted

  • tosn

    why are you premium times editors not interested in building Nigeria? the negative populist approach can lead to consequences no one is sure of surviving. change your incendiary approach. you will still sell.

    • Gary

      You would rather blame PT for reporting Lai Mohammed’s assault on reason and facts? Nigeria is yet to become a fascist theocracy.

      • progressive

        Lai Mohammed always base on facts if you know that you are not been contempted with what he said why dont you just do your own findings

  • Gary

    A jumble of contradictions and outright distortions that have become typical of Lai Mohammed.
    Boko Haram has nothing to do with religion while the terrorists themselves declared they were waging a Jihad to establish a Sunni Caliphate?
    After they brutally embarked on their genocidal campaign to cleanse the NorthEast of its Christian population and carried the women and girls (who will bear the next generation of their faith) into slavery and forced concubinage as prescribed in their Wahabbi doctrine?

    Who does Lie Mohammed think he’s fooling with this tendentious nonsense? Are the beheadings of Christians in the North and assault by Fulani militia on predominantly Christian communities the figments of CAN troublemakers? Even after the Sultan, El Rufai and others have blamed it on foreign Fulani MOSLEM marauders?

    Even if we concede a political-economic subtext to these, why are the atrocities mainly targeted at Christian and non-Moslem communities by these foreign killers who under a devout Moslem President were allowed, surprise, to roam Nigeria openly brandishing AK-47s?These by the way are Assault Rifles, intended for the use of infantry or storm-troopers.

    Sorry Lai, if you’re now feeling the heat from home and abroad (in the era of Trump) now that Nigerian Christians have grown weary of turning the other cheek and cried out to the world about their plight under this brazenly sectarian government.

    The facts simply don’t support your narrative. Not that anyone is surprised though.

    • AryLoyds

      Lie is a liar , case closed !
      Senegalese and Malians killing 800 plus southern kaduna christians , if that’s not islamisation, then I don’t know what is

      • progressive

        Clueless you are far from truth you need to go for a recourse

    • progressive

      Most of you people on this forum who are criticising lai Mohammed are all nonentity it shows that most of you don’t base on facts you just feel that you can come on here and be lying to people like us on here

      • Olatubosun

        They know nothing

      • woman leader1

        Don’t mind them, they are only here to criticize this government.

        • dele20

          This administration is working great

    • Night Crawler

      Continue showing how senseless you are in a public forum, smh for your stupidity

    • dele20

      Sharrap jo

  • Otile

    If Imam Mohamed Buhari is not planning to islamize our land why is he flooding the SE SS with spooky looking Northern Islamic combat ready troops? Soldiers belong to the barracks not SE SS. Mohamed may not be alive to finish the war he is starting.

    • progressive

      I think most of you pfp e rats argument on here are just baseless.

      • Olatubosun

        They are brainless…….. So, don’t waist your data on them..
        They are useless fellows

    • Night Crawler

      They are always in their barracks but the so called chest beaters are causing havoc so they are there to put things in order

    • Salem

      You will find more Hausas in the military if you want to see more of SE or SS. Implore them to join the military and fight for peace instead of blowing up pipelines and causing Havocs everywhere.

  • John A

    Lie mohammed, your lies has expired.

    • progressive

      You must be a senseless and lunatic human being , there is no amount of pressure that will distract HMIC he will always speak the truth.

      • John A

        He has NEVER spoken any word that is true,
        he is the master of all lies take or leave it.

      • dele20

        HMIC is a man of honesty

    • Olatubosun

      You are senseless

    • Night Crawler

      You are a proven lunatic who has lost his sense of reasoning

      • John A

        Lie mohammed the legendary lying machine and minister of propaganda

      • dele20

        No wonder the guy always comments trash instead of making senses

  • bashkano

    It is only an ignorant person or somebody who is economical with the truth that will agree with the nonsensical idea that Nigeria will be Islmized. There is just no way any of the two Religions can attempt to subjugate one another to its Religious tenets. One thing that SOME Nigerian Christians and their supporters within the third Estate of the Realm tend to forget is that whipping up religious sentiments in Nigeria is a very dangerous and self-inflicted poignant whirlwind tragedy. War is evil. It does not spare anyone. Nobody will get any hiding place and all the businesses one is pursuing will perish. We have no any other place to go. We cannot even practice all the religious activities we want to practice. Even Boko Haram with all its warped ideology is never a religious pursuit but purely created by abject poverty. If one looks at all the comments made by many of the Christians in this column and elsewhere one feels greatly disappointed with the level of their beliefs in their religion. They are all full of insults, abuses and naked display of hatred and enmity against Islam and Muslims. There is absolutely no need to transfer the myopia of a few disgruntled elements in the society to the larger percentage of people of different faiths and race. It is the responsibility of all of us to make Nigeria peaceful otherwise the rest will be regretted. (Olorin maje!) May God forbid it.

    • Owoeye Gbenga

      Why then Muslims North are killing Christians at will? Muslims fanatics are the problem of the world.They are the terrorists killing here and there in the name of Islam.Have you ever heard Christian terrorist before? The world Muslims should come together and talk to one another to stop the killings and maiming of Christians at will.The case of the Abuja Pastor’s wife is still there,how many of those killers have been brought to book? What of the Igbo Woman(Bridget),how many of her killers have been apprehended or you want to tell me that they don’t know who kill them? So,there is freedom to kill Christians by Muslims without anybody challenging them knowing fully that the president is behind them.If it is true that this govt is not out to Islamize Nigerians,how come none of those killers is being apprehended?

      • progressive

        Nobody is killing anybody people like you are just politicizing everything you see does that make you to be recognized on here you need to deal with facts, don’t just come on here and pouring out propaganda on here

        • Olatubosun

          Imagine that….
          He knows nothing about what is going on around this country

          • dele20

            Probably, he is just free from prison

      • Night Crawler

        They are not killing the Christian’s alone, no one is spared… We should all cooperate with security agencies to put things in order, if we see anyone or group causing havoc, report to the nearest security agency or call their hot line

      • bashkano

        Oga Gbenga. Please as a good Christian that you are, kindly investigate with the appropriate quarters on whatever you read in the newspapers regarding the killing of any Christian purportedly by a Muslim. We should not be swallowing everything told to us by the newspapers hook, line and sinker. Sentiments always make us judge things with a biased mind. There are always few unscrupulous people all over the places whose aims are only to create a situation of conflicts with the sole aim of achieving their self-centered interests. A simple misunderstanding between members of the two religions will always be made to look religious, particularly when it happens up North where it is wrongly perceived to be hostile to.Christians. Any Muslim who kills a Christian does that on his own behalf but certainly not on behalf of Islam nor his fellow Muslims. For example there were lots of Muslims killed by Christians in a predominantly Christian areas due to probably a simple business misunderstanding. Such incidences happened so many times but were never reported in the newspapers that they were religious killings by the Christians. The best that one could hear was a fighting which resulted in the death of a Muslim. The constant fighting between the farmers and herders is never a religious one either but economic. As unfortunate as they are, communal skirmishes occur all over the country, among the Muslim farmers and herders just as it happens among Christian farmers and the herders. The only way to abate the unfortunate conflict is to shed unnecessary sentiments and find a way to demarcate routes and grazing areas for those pastoral herders or to totally find a way to make the herders stay in one place. As long as this cannot be done, there are bound to have such conflicts happening from time to time. As regards your claim that Muslims are killing Christians all over the world. This is a greatest mischief by anybody who holds that idea in his mind. Please be honest to ourself and check all the genesis of the present global conflicts. You will, at the end, find the onslaught of conspiracy theory perpetrated against Islam by various world powers everyday and every minute. Here in Nigeria, I admit, we have no religious conflicts but economic conflicts which some people want to make them religious with the support of outside powers. May God prevent that from happening..

    • progressive

      Those who are carrying rumours should know that what they are planning won’t work because we are in the era of rule of law

    • Night Crawler

      They are rumor mongers, they will all be put to shame…

  • thusspokez

    “The alleged Islamisation of Nigeria under the current administration is totally false and should be perceived in its entirety as a campaign of calumny,”

    Calumny or not, there is no smoke without fire — as they say. Further, why then is Sultan whatsit so emboldened, so much so, he now even issues (Islamic) dictates to Buhari who then issues them as directives.

    • progressive

      It a shame that most of you pdp e rats have a low memory you are just been sent out there to write rubbish comment on here.

    • Olatubosun

      Gbenu sohun jare….. Where did you hear that from?

    • Powerlessconscious

      It is the work of biafraud. And PDP. May God save Nigeria from enemies within.

      • Night Crawler

        Well said and they shall all be exposed

  • Owoeye Gbenga

    Mr liar Mohammed,please tell us another lie story.I don’t believe you because you lie too much.If truly you are saying the truth,how come those who killed Madam Bridget in Kano and RCCG Pastor’s wife in Abuja have not be apprehended?Those who were apprehended in Kano have all been released.So,what are you saying?This man will just talk anyhow without thinking twice.May be he thought he is talking to fools or illiterates.

    • progressive

      It part of your evil deed to criticise a man that has been working so hard to make sure what they promised Nigerians is been fulfilled.

      • Olatubosun

        He knows nothing…. Leave the useless guy alone

    • Olatubosun

      You are nothing but enemy of progress

    • NaijaMindOfChange

      U re just a born fool…brainless

      • woman leader1

        Obviously.

      • dele20

        Let him know,let him realize

    • Night Crawler

      You are the one who is not thinking at all, is it only christian that is been killed, if not my happiness either if anyone dies, security agencies cant be everywhere at the same time thats why its our duty to report any suspicious movement by anyone, stop been sentimental

  • Excisionist

    Liar Mohammed, Liar Mohammed,

    Have you heard it said that “Action speaks louder than voice. “ The Islamisation ACTION speaks so loud that your lying voice cannot be heard.

    Movement for the Excision of Misfit Sharia Enclave (MEMSE)

    We believe that those who want to live by sharia law, join Islamic countries organizations, join Islamic countries coalitions, have Islamic banking, have El-Rufai’s laws. Lai Mohammed’s Lie and perform whatever Islamic acrobatics they wish have the right to do so in their own country using their own resources.

    On the other hand we believe that they do not have the right to coarse other Nigerians into their Islamic Religion, culture or laws while pretending to be Nigerians. We have had enough of their insensitivity, wickedness and their intransigence.

    ” Our history is replete with numerous and uncontrollable instances of callous and insensitive dominatory repressive intrigues by those who think it is their birthright to dominate till eternity the political and economic privileges of this great country to the exclusion of the people of the Middle Belt and the south.
    It is our unflinching belief that this quest for domination, oppression and marginalization­­ is against the wish of God and therefore, must be resisted with the vehemence. ”
    Major Gideon Okar, April 22, 1990

    The choices are clear
    1. Create your own country and separate from Nigeria peacefully (80% percent of Nigerians would support you) or
    2. Be forced out of Nigeria through excision

    The goal of MEMSE is to bring this about one way or the other
    Excisionist
    excisionist@gmx.com

    • progressive

      Idiotic fellow do you think islamization it going to work it a pity that people like you are going against your country in stead of you to support the government rather than giving nigerians false rumours

    • front man

      Hypocrite that’s what you are

    • woman leader1

      Coming here to criticize those government will not make you move forward.

      • dele20

        Abi now, why criticizing this government that is working great for our betterment, Nigeria is getting there

    • Night Crawler

      Copy and paste will not help you, try and he sensible to write a reasonable article of your own, smh for your stupidity

      • dele20

        Tell him to be himself not copying and pasting

  • progressive

    Those who are carrying malicious rumours you deceased from such false propaganda

  • Olatubosun

    They are just spreading lies……….
    These xtian leaders… Nawa for them o

  • Olatubosun

    Alhaji Lai Mohammed thanks for always keep us updated

    • front man

      Correct

    • dele20

      Yes ooo, he is the voice of we masses

  • NaijaMindOfChange

    HMIC u re one in million…u re the best the rest re just the rest

    • front man

      Yes oooo

    • dele20

      HMIC is really competent, irreplaceable, and efficient

  • front man

    Well spoken HMIC and thanks for the good job

    • dele20

      Yes ooo

  • woman leader1

    They always like to carry false news just because they are enemies of this government

    • dele20

      Can you just imagine ?

  • woman leader1

    Thank you HMIC for always doing the best for Nigerians by keeping us updated in what is hidden.

    • dele20

      Kudos to HMIC

  • Night Crawler

    Anyone or group causing havoc or sharing false news about this administration, your days are numbered.. This administration is focused and are ready to make Nigeria a better place and we will soon see some light at the end of the tunnel

  • dele20

    To be sincere, it is a person of low mentality will reason like a he or she-goat that Nigeria can be islamised,

  • dele20

    This administration surely sees Muslims and Christians to he one

  • dele20

    For both Muslims and Christians, one love keeps us together,kudos to this present administration